UFC Fight Night 114 draws 859,000 viewers, Prelims score 633,000

August 8, 2017

UFC Fight Night 114 on FS1 Saturday night drew 859,000 viewers per Nielsen .  The prelims, which preceded the main card on FS1 drew 633,000.

Despite the fact the main and prelim card had mainly up and coming fighters, the ratings were strong up against live boxing on ESPN.  The FS1 main card featured Sergio Pettis taking on Brandon Moreno.  Pettis won a decision.

The prefight show on FS1 drew 208,000 and the postfight show drew 327,000 viewers for a 60 minute recap on FS1 which immediately followed the main card.

For those wondering, UFC Fight Night 111 was a Fight Pass Only event.

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Notably, UFC Fight Night 114 did better than Top Rank Boxing on ESPN which drew 728,000 viewers.  With the opportunity for combat sports fans to watch one of the best boxers in the sport today, Vasyl Lomachenko, more wanted to watch Pettis-Moreno.  An interesting win considering ESPN is hoping to garner more fans to the network by partnering with Golden Boy and Top Rank.

10 Responses to “UFC Fight Night 114 draws 859,000 viewers, Prelims score 633,000”

  1. d on August 8th, 2017 8:50 AM

    Pretty good numbers for a very low profile UFC card. Not surprised it beat Top Rank. That’s pretty routine for any mma fight cards including Bellator. What’s more embarrassing though, is the fact that Top Rank had Lomachenko fighting and all the boxing fanboys on here were saying that’s a guarantee that fight was going to be huge and it tanked royally. I bet this one has Arum self destructing. Haha.

    Just goes to show you how inevitable it is that this Top Rank contract with ESPN turns into the same mess PBC was.

  2. Fight Fan on August 8th, 2017 9:28 AM

    Top rank numbers are off card wasn’t show on time

  3. d on August 8th, 2017 9:37 AM

    FF, doing his best spin. Haha.

  4. Reece on August 8th, 2017 10:14 AM

    Even with the Top Rank card being delayed by 2 hours due to the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony running way over schedule it was still the highest rated sporting event on Saturday. Total viewers means nothing. Every ratings website has boxing ranked higher than the UFC. Top Rank did better among 18-49 and 18-34 age group. The only demographics the UFC dominated was among very old people and women.

  5. Reece on August 8th, 2017 11:19 AM

    Even with the Top Rank card being delayed by 2 hours due to the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony running way over schedule it was still the highest rated sporting event on Saturday. Total viewers means nothing. Every ratings website has boxing ranked higher than the UFC. Top Rank did better among 18-49 and 18-34 age group. The only demographics the UFC dominated was among very old people and women.

  6. Fight Fan on August 8th, 2017 2:54 PM

    Spin that 4 billion d lol.

  7. d on August 8th, 2017 6:20 PM

    There’s nothing to spin there, but there is here. Another example of a boxing tv venture clearly going down the toilet losing millions.

  8. Fight Fan on August 8th, 2017 9:23 PM

    You got access to the books to show that? Oh nope you don’t more crazy claims from d. Lol

  9. d on August 8th, 2017 10:34 PM

    Using comps, the math doesn’t add up for them to have profited or for this to be successful. That’s not being crazy, it’s using basic logic and understanding of how this business works. Something that’s gone way over your head since you’ve been commenting on here.

    They spend far too much money for the events to be profitable. The only time they do good ratings is when they have big names on. When they have big names on, they have to spend a minimum of something around 4-5m in purses, where does the money come from to cover that? While ESPN is covering the production costs most likely, they aren’t paying anywhere near enough to even cover those purses. There isn’t any other big money coming in for these fights because the gate revenue typically is garbage as well.

  10. d on August 9th, 2017 5:45 PM

    Add “Reece” now to the addition of Mr. 3000 aliases’ total.

    Trying to spin those numbers must really be difficult even for pathetic boxing fanboys like you. Haha. Sergio Pettis> Vasyl Lomachenko in the ratings dept.

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