UFC Fight Night 74 draws 796K viewers, prelims draw 542K

August 25, 2015

Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 74 airing on FS1 drew an average viewership of 796,000 according to Nielsen sources.  The prelims which preceded the main card drew 542,000 viewers.

The peak during the main card occurred in the last quarter hour of the event 9:45-10pm when it drew 970,000 viewers.  The main card for UFC Fight Night 74 went up against NFL Preseason Football on Fox and WWE’s Summerslam.  The NFL game between the Titans and Rams drew 4.345 million viewers and scored the most in the adult 18-49 demo according to Deadline.com.

Yet, the Sunday night card fared well despite dropping in viewership from two Saturday ago.  The Fight Night viewership average is at 872,000 952,000 viewers.

The prelims actually saw an increase from UFC Fight Night 73 drawing 542,000 viewers.

UFC Fight Nights 2015
Main Card Prelims
UFC Fight Night 59 2,751,000 908,000
UFC Fight Night 60 913,000 775,000
UFC Fight Night 61 1,200,000 813,000
UFC Fight Night 62 617,000 280,000
UFC Fight Night 63 389,000 304,000
UFC Fight Night 66 575,000 286,000
UFC Fight Night 67 813,000 713,000
UFC Fight Night 68 950,000 782,000
UFC Fight Night 70 (prelims on FS2) 909,000 223,000
UFC Fight Night 71 801,000 543,000
UFC Fight Night 72 508,000 292,000
UFC Fight Night 73 1,159,000 306,000
UFC Fight Night 74 796,000 542,000

UFC Fight Night 74

Payout Perspective:

On a rather busy Sunday night, the UFC had a decent viewership and the prelim viewership actually increased compared to the last two UFC Fight Night cards.  The main event was disappointing due to the injury to Oliveira.  However, much of the rest of the fights on Sunday were entertaining.

19 Responses to “UFC Fight Night 74 draws 796K viewers, prelims draw 542K”

  1. Chris on August 25th, 2015 10:54 AM

    Better than I thought considering Walking Dead new series, WWE and NFL and Sunday.

    THought it would be lowest of the year but it did better than expected.

    The average for the year is now 949k.

  2. d on August 25th, 2015 1:41 PM

    It is very obvious that UFC tv fights are easily beating PBC cards. This was a low profile fight that normally the headliners wouldn’t even be on the main card, and still did nearly 800k on FS1. FOX must be loving the deal they signed with the UFC. When they extend their contract Zuffa will be getting a lot more money.

  3. tops E on August 25th, 2015 2:15 PM

    Hahahaha…good ufc fanboys talking about pbc all the time…spread the word hahahaha

  4. joe on August 25th, 2015 2:17 PM

    Anything over 500k viewers is a win for all these leagues…

    Puts them right where MLS, MLB, NHL, Mexican League Soccer, NASCAR and other sporting events are

  5. Jason Cruz on August 25th, 2015 2:27 PM

    Corrected the UFC FN 59 # I have the average at 952K

  6. d on August 25th, 2015 2:48 PM

    Tops, spreading the word clearly hasn’t done anything for PBC. Their numbers are in the shitter and they are all over the place. You can’t sell that turd burger anywhere. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  7. BrainSmasher on August 25th, 2015 3:17 PM

    The main event injury killed the ratings. The peak was at almost 1 million. If that fight goes 15 minutes instead of 1 minute. I think the average would have been around 900,000 instead of 800,000.

  8. BrainSmasher on August 25th, 2015 3:20 PM

    Walking dead set a cable record for premiering show with 10 million viewers.

  9. FightBusiness on August 25th, 2015 4:04 PM

    why are mma trolls instantly going on damage control and comparing this to pbc boxing numbers. I remember when one troll said pbc is losing numbers and doing bad because only 800k people saw a fight. i guess there 800k is ok. i know i know we pay fighters less blah blah blah yeah but where’s all this huge demand. no one cares. boxing isnt undr one roof on basic and the matchmaking is horrible. boxing can easily get 1.5-2.5 million a night with goof match making on one basic cable channel. oh well. bet of luck molesting league

  10. Combo on August 25th, 2015 5:46 PM

    Decent viewership for a mediocre card.

  11. Chris on August 25th, 2015 7:29 PM

    UFC does better ratings, once in a while PBC might do better than one UFC card but you can look at the numbers and UFC is doing better.

    Ok thats fine, enough, but boxing trolls crying about it and crying about comparing UFC to PBC all of a sudden?

    Lets go back and look at old articles on here when PBC debut beat a UFC on Fox event and you all were gloating and shitting on UFC> It was ok to compare them then right? When Danny Garcia/Peterson was gonna do this huge number and shit on every UFC ever according to the usual boxing trolls, then it didnt. Then numbers kept going down and down and now UFC PPV prelims beat out Amir Khan fights on a bigger network.

    Now you cant compare them blah blah blah, same dumb shits saying the same bullshit.

  12. saldathief on August 25th, 2015 7:57 PM

    these number aren’t even half of what was projected at the beginning of the Fox deal!!!
    So unless you are a complete moron these numbers are fucking pathetic. The ufc isn’t growing its gotten smaller you turd brains! Look how stupid you all look! PBC had good umbers once! So to compare a failing 3rd rate boxing promotion to the UFC just shows how desperate and retarded these poster are!!

  13. d on August 25th, 2015 8:02 PM

    “why are mma trolls instantly going on damage control and comparing this to pbc boxing numbers. I remember when one troll said pbc is losing numbers and doing bad because only 800k people saw a fight. i guess there 800k is ok. i know i know we pay fighters less blah blah blah yeah but where’s all this huge demand. no one cares. boxing isnt undr one roof on basic and the matchmaking is horrible. boxing can easily get 1.5-2.5 million a night with goof match making on one basic cable channel. oh well. bet of luck molesting league”

    You still don’t grasp this concept that the mma fans here aren’t the trolls. This is called MMA PAYOUT, not BOXING PAYOUT, moron.

    You are a fucking idiot. All of the boxing ratings across the board suck. Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar beats nearly every boxing card this year. Literally. That’s pathetic. 2.5m for boxing? Give me some examples. There are none on basic cable. They didn’t do 1 fight this year on cable that did over 1.5m. Your numbers and theories are delusional.

    Get ready for your new nickname fagbusiness.

  14. Tops E on August 25th, 2015 10:18 PM

    UFC fanboys on full force…..hahahaha.l..Ali act for MMA!

  15. The Greatest on August 26th, 2015 5:01 AM

    Thurman-Guerrero peaked at 4.2mil
    That’s better than anything the UFC or Bellator did this year or last year or the year before…
    Canleo-Kirkland peaked at 2.3mil on a channel that you have to pay for.

    You guys keep thinking this is PBC vs UFC, when really its boxing vs mma and the excuse with you guys is “UFC is still in its infancy stage, its not fair……” But what is PBC then?
    There are a good number of boxing fans who hate PBC and refuse to support it, because of Haymon. There are many boxing promoters who hate it, all because of Haymon.

    The biggest draws in the sport aren’t on PBC.

  16. d on August 26th, 2015 7:22 AM

    The Gayest can’t read, think or present any real evidence to support his delusional claims.

    Thurman-Guerrero was the PBC debut on NBC- not cable. The UFC’s debut on FOX did 8.8m peak, doubling the PBC show. Not to mention the PBC show cost at least triple what the UFC show did.

    Canelo-Kirkland was coupled with the 1st replay of Gayweather-Pacquaio which is why the rating was so high. Also, HBO gets higher ratings than anyone in boxing other than the PBC network shows.

    MMA ratings are killing boxing’s this year. They are going to do more ppv buys, revenue, etc. again for the 8 out of 9 years. The tv ratings are destroying boxing’s, where Bellator is beating PBC also. How pathetic?

  17. tops E on August 26th, 2015 9:59 PM
  18. The Greatest on August 27th, 2015 11:48 PM

    “d on August 26th, 2015 7:22 AM

    The Gayest can’t read, think or present any real evidence to support his delusional claims.

    Thurman-Guerrero was the PBC debut on NBC- not cable. The UFC’s debut on FOX did 8.8m peak, doubling the PBC show. Not to mention the PBC show cost at least triple what the UFC show did.

    Canelo-Kirkland was coupled with the 1st replay of Mayweather-Pacquaio which is why the rating was so high. Also, HBO gets higher ratings than anyone in boxing other than the PBC network shows.

    MMA ratings are killing boxing’s this year. They are going to do more ppv buys, revenue, etc. again for the 8 out of 9 years. The tv ratings are destroying boxing’s, where Bellator is beating PBC also. How pathetic?”

    Everything you said is wrong.
    MMA ratings are killing boxing? and destroying boxing?
    HAHAHHAHAAHHA What is your definition for destroying, because boxing has the most watched events this year fuckin moron.
    Also Canelo-Kirkland peaked at 2.3mil. Mayweather-Pacquiao replay did like 1.1mil or something like that. So your theory is out the window on that one.

    And UFC did 8.8mil for their debut?
    Mike Tyson did 43mil on the same channel.

    VICTORY

  19. d on August 28th, 2015 5:44 AM

    You are such a retarded idiot.

    You can’t even see why and everything you present is an exaggeration or flat out lie.

    Yeah, you have to go back to the Tyson days which was a long as time ago to compare to MMA.

    You are such a moron.

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