UFC 206 replay on Fox scores big Christmas Eve
December 26, 2016
The replay of selected fights from UFC 206 earlier this month drew 4.7 million viewers on Christmas Eve according to Television By Numbers. It also drew a 1.6 rating and a 6 share in the Adult 18-49 rating making it the second highest viewed UFC show on Fox since UFC on Fox 1.
The replay was the most-viewed show Saturday night and drew the biggest share among adults 18-49 across the board on the network.
The fights on the 2-hour replay Saturday included Lando Vannata versus John Makdessi, Cub Swanson versus Doo Ho Choi, Donald Cerrone versus Matt Brown and Max Holloway versus Anthony Pettis.
Nielsen reports that the peak viewership occurred during the Swanson-Choi fight which many consider a Fight of the Year frontrunner for 2016.
Only the November 2011 fight featuring Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos scored more viewers when the company’s debut on Fox drew 5.7 million viewers.
The obvious takeaway here is that the UFC has found a niche and its likely Fox will be open for this slot for next Christmas Eve. Even on a night when many people were doing holiday activities and spending time with family, many people tuned in. This is great for the UFC as the actual card only did 150,000 PPV buys.