Welcome to the Ratings Buffet – a quick list of combat sports ratings for the week

June 9, 2017

Welcome to the Ratings Buffet. MMA Payout gives you a roundup of ratings from combat sports for the week.  If you missed ratings in our previous posts, we have them here for you.

UPDATED:  Thursday 6/8

Impact Wrestling on Pop TV drew 318,000 viewers for its 2 hour show from 8-10pm ET

Wednesday 6/7

The second episode in the return of Lucha Underground drew one of the bigger ratings for LU in the history of the show:  111,000 viewers on El Rey.  The immediate replay drew 38,000 viewers. For those wondering, the midseason debut last week drew 65,000 and another 36,000 for the immediate replay.

UFC Tonight on FS1 Wednesday drew 107,000 viewers per Nielsen

TUF 25 Episode 8 drew 303,000 viewers.  The episode on FS1 went up against Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Tuesday 6/6

SmackDown on the USA Network drew 2.349 million viewers and 0.74 in the A18-49 demo.  It was good enough for the best original cable telecast on Tuesday night.

Monday 6/5

Monday Night Raw on the USA Network 3.110 million viewers for the middle hour of the 3 hour telecast.  It drew a 1.08 rating for A18-49, 1.22 for A25-54 and 1.16 for 50+ demo.  The first hour drew 3.113 million viewers.  It drew a 1.07 (A18-49), 1.23 (A25-54) and 1.21 for over 50.  The third hour drew 2.758 million viewers.  It drew a 0.96 (A18-49), 1.09 (A25-54) and 1.04 for over 50.

Saturday 6/4

UFC PPV Prelims drew 732,000 viewers on Saturday for the 88 minutes it was on FS1.  It started at 5:32pm PT on FS1 due to an MLB overrun.  The start of the PPV Prelims drew 218,000 viewers on FS2.

Showtime Boxing Saturday night drew 553,000 for the fight between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara.  It also drew 145,000 in the A18-49 demo.  The fight peaked with 610,000 viewers.  The undercard fight between Jean Pascal and Eleider Alvarez drew 373,000 viewers and 149,000 in the A18-49 demo.

H/t to ShowBuzz Daily and Nielsen

18 Responses to “Welcome to the Ratings Buffet – a quick list of combat sports ratings for the week”

  1. d on June 9th, 2017 5:42 PM

    UFC prelims> Showtime boxing’s main event.


  2. TopsE on June 9th, 2017 5:59 PM

    4b down…1 year celebration hahahaha

  3. Marco Contreras on June 10th, 2017 7:30 AM

    Improved numbers for showtime and boxing , clearly shows the continued upswing even en the United States

    I am amazed at how many viewers wrestling garners

    Ufc showing signs of dipping hopefully it’s just the natural flow of peaks and valleys and not the decline like wsop , would be a shame if mma declines permanently

  4. d on June 10th, 2017 9:14 AM

    Boxing on premium channels is at an all time low in terms of ratings and money invested in it.

    Nothing is really dipping in terms of the UFC’s ratings and mma is at an all time high and will continue to only grow. Bellator is arguably bigger than any boxing promotion these days. What does that say?

  5. Wil on June 10th, 2017 9:15 AM

    Hansen is a mental patient, he is here to argue with boxing fans nothing more…..don’t feed the TRIGGERED troll lol

  6. Marco Contreras on June 10th, 2017 2:41 PM

    D not sure if you are very misinformed or just playing the villain but bellator nor the UFC this year has hit 1million ppv , while boxing has done it twice this year .

    Before you have a heart attack I am not saying one is better than the other , it’s just cold hard facts

    Last year UFC had a steller ppv year while boxing struggled

    Now the upswing is boxing this year while UFC has fallen a lot in terms of value and ppv, all that can change though .

    My hope is both knock out of the ballpark and flourish. And yes both can be highly profitable and popular at the same time , no need to have that scarcity mentality

  7. Fight Fan on June 10th, 2017 4:35 PM

    Marco d is obsessed with trying to downplay boxing. He goes on yahoo articles and other sites as well spitting out selective details.

  8. d on June 10th, 2017 6:44 PM

    Marco, not sure if you are really foolish are just delusional, but boxing hasn’t hit 1m buys with any fights this year.

    The line “cold hard facts” gets thrown around a bit loosely clearly here. Haha.

    Struggled last year isn’t the word. They did about 1.4m ppv buys and that may be generous. McGregor alone did that with 1 fight and the UFC as a whole went over 7m buys. They will once again outdraw boxing unless the McGregor-Mayweather fight goes down and that is only because of a mma fighter deciding to box Mayweather. and even that may not be enough.

    There is no upswing in boxing. They had 2 moderately successful fights where the success has been exaggerated. Outside of that, their ratings have been garbage. Bellator has a bigger mma budget than HBO does with boxing. What does that say?

  9. d on June 10th, 2017 6:45 PM

    Fight Fan is obsessed with me. He stalks me from here to Yahoo, obsessing about me because he is a nut job. Haha. He also does everything he can to t.roll people on here who are fans of mma because he hates the sport and is a die hard boxing fanboy. What a freak.

  10. Jess on June 11th, 2017 4:30 AM

    The UFC has been in a slump this year. It’s just temporary though.

  11. Marco Contreras on June 11th, 2017 8:21 AM

    Fight fan , yeah D is so blind can’t accept facts

    Jess I think so too , It’s kind of a rebuilding stage , WME seems to be not helping though

  12. d on June 11th, 2017 1:00 PM

    FF, you should take your own advice.

    So they are slow for a quarter and a half and all of a sudden they are rebuilding? Haha.

  13. d on June 11th, 2017 1:00 PM

    Excuse me… “Marco”.

  14. Marco Contreras on June 11th, 2017 6:45 PM

    D I agree I should take my own advise ( it’s the best in the world lol )
    i also agree that boxing hasn’t hit 1 million ppv buys his year , it actually hit 1.5 with Joshua vs Klit and Canelo vs Chavez Jr hit 1 million plus both in 2017

    What makes you think that the numbers are so diffent from what is reported from a publicly help company to the numbers you think they are ?

  15. d on June 11th, 2017 8:11 PM

    Oh, great, I’m glad you’ve realized you are blind and refuse to accept facts.

    Hahaha. I love how delusional boxing fans are.

    Typical boxing fan theory:

    “Dana White’s a liar, he lies about ppv numbers”

    “Chavez-Canelo” does 1m buys”

    My response:

    “That number was from the promoter”

    Your response:

    “You can’t accept facts”


    Same thing goes with that delusional fake ppv number from Hearn claiming Skytv numbers (which are the equivalent to $25 each) hit 1.5m or anywhere even near 1m. This is the UK, they don’t have the market place that we do in North America. It’s insane to believe they did anything even remotely close to that.

    Also, what is a “Publicly help company”? Is that some weird expression you decided to make up? The numbers released for both of those fights were exclusively coming from the promoters. De La Hoya was the one that threw out that bs 1m buy number. He said the same thing about Khan-Canelo last year and the real number was likely under 400k buys.

  16. Anti Trolls on June 12th, 2017 6:40 AM

    i like this post on all the rating keep it up

    @ Jason Cruz

  17. C on June 12th, 2017 12:29 PM

    d is for Delusional Dumbass. How fitting

  18. d on June 12th, 2017 5:08 PM

    C you sound cranky. You need your pacifier.

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