UPDATED: UFC Fight Night 109 draws 496,000 on Sunday

May 31, 2017

UFC Fight Night 109 drew 496,000 viewers on FS1 Sunday afternoon.  The Prelims, which preceded the main card on FS1 drew 353,000 viewers per ShowBuzz Daily.

According to Nielsen, the main card peaked at 665,000 viewers between 3:30-3:45pm ET.  A replay of the card later that night drew 128,000 viewers.  It should be noted that the card did go up against the Indianapolis 500 which drew a 10 share on Sunday afternoon which is big.

The main card featured the return of Alexander Gustafsson in Sweden as he took on Glover Teixeira in the main event.  Gus won via 5th round stoppage.  The event drew 0.19 in the A18-49 demo.

The prelims featured Pedro Munhoz and Damian Stasiak in the last fight of the prelim card.  Munhoz won the matchup of bantamweights via unanimous decision.  The event drew 0.13 in the A18-49 demo.

The prefight show, which aired at 7am on the west coast (10am ET), on FS1 drew 109,000 viewers and 0.05 in the A18-49 demo.  The post-fight show on FS1 drew 277,000 viewers and 0.11 in the A18-49 demo.  The post-fight on FS1 went from 1:03pm-1:30pm PT (4:03-4:30pmET).

In other UFC programming on FS1 that day, the UFC 212 countdown on FS1 later that night drew 182,000 viewers and 0.06 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings reflect the fact that this event occurred on the middle day of a 3 day holiday weekend for most.  Also, it occurred in the morning for those on the west coast with the prelims starting at 8am and the main card at 10am.  It is the lowest-rated UFC Fight Night this year and the lowest-rated since 2015.  Through 6 televised events, the UFC Fight Night main cards are averaging 890,000 viewers.  The prelims are averaging 659,000 viewers.

10 Responses to “UPDATED: UFC Fight Night 109 draws 496,000 on Sunday”

  1. Fight Fan on May 31st, 2017 8:01 AM

    Not good

  2. Wil on May 31st, 2017 11:35 AM

    No good ratings last weekend at all. Shame.

  3. d on May 31st, 2017 7:44 PM

    Afternoon show going up against the Indy 500, that’s to be expected. Look at how horrendous the Showtime fight with Spence and Brook was. That was much worse.

  4. fight fan on May 31st, 2017 8:32 PM

    showtime fight was on a premium cable channel, apples to oranges.

  5. d on June 1st, 2017 6:16 AM

    That’s because it’s practically the only stations boxing is left on these days. Hahaha.

  6. Marco Contreras on June 1st, 2017 7:15 AM

    This is bad news , almost a 50% drop in ratings , bad weekend in terms of ratings in eeuu in combat sports , thankfully in the U.K. It was a major blockbuster stadium style boxing event .

    I imagine in the small country in terms of financial prosperity for combat sports , Sweden UFC did decent

  7. d on June 1st, 2017 10:07 AM

    Hahaha. Major blockbuster event….that had 200k viewers on Showtime.

  8. Caramel City on June 1st, 2017 10:21 AM

    Spence was on at the afternoon on a Saturday, this was on a Sunday night.
    Spence has an excuse. UFC doesn’t.
    Spence-brook did big overseas. The UFC did not.

    Triggered

  9. Caramel City on June 1st, 2017 10:23 AM

    UFC is falling apart.
    Mayweather is going to finish the UFC by killing McGregor

  10. d on June 1st, 2017 5:50 PM

    You don’t read so well if you think this was on a Sunday night. This was an afternoon fight that was aired at 1pm EST.

    Spence doesn’t have an excuse, his numbers were toilet numbers less than half of what the UFC did.

    What evidence do you have that Spence-Brooks did good numbers abroad? You just made that up.

    Haha. Boxing did 1.4m ppv buys last year. I can’t think of anything even close to that bad ever.

    Mayweather is known for killing sports- he’s already killed boxing, but he can’t scratch the surface of mma. It’s way too popular.

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