UPDATED: WSOF 34 draws 951,000 viewers, prelims draw 71,000 on NBCSN
January 4, 2017
World Series of Fighting drew
941,000 951,000 on NBC Saturday afternoon according to Nielsen. The rating makes it the highest-rated televised WSOF event ever.
The preliminaries on NBC Sports Network drew 71,000 viewers per Sports TV Ratings. The prelims aired from 11:30-1pm PT. The main card aired on NBC from 1-3pm PT.
Notably, the WSOF event took place during the first NCAA College Football semifinal at the Peach Bowl between Washington and Alabama. The game drew 18,397 million viewers on ESPN per Sports TV Ratings.
Also of note, the UFC 207 PPV post-fight replay on FS1 drew 76,000 viewers at 3-4am PT.
The Saturday event bests the WSOF’s last time on NBC when it drew 741,000 for WSOF 11 on July 5, 2014. This past Saturday’s event, which took place in New York, featured Jake Shields-Jon Fitch and Justin Gaethje-Luiz Firmino. Considering WSOF was up against one of the national semifinals for college football, reaching close to 1 million viewers is a success. Of course, the question of whether the WSOF can remain afloat in 2017 is another question.