UFC 217 posts best prelims ratings of year despite preemption

November 7, 2017

The UFC 217 Prelims on FS1 drew 1.276M viewers on FS1 Saturday.  Despite starting on FS2 due to an overrun from the Oklahoma-Oklahoma St. game, the Prelims posted its best ratings this year.

The prelims were headlined by James Vick taking on Joe Duffy.  Vick one via stoppage with a second to spare in the third round.  The start of the prelims was pre-empted due to the football game and the first fight, Randy Brown-Mickey Gall, started on FS2.

The event drew 0.54 in the A18-49 demo according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The start of the prelims on FS2 drew posted 251,000 viewers and 0.12 in the A18-49 demo.  It switched over to FS1 at 8:35pm.

Also of note, the Post Fight Show on FS1 drew 321,000 viewers and the Pre-Fight Show on FS2 drew 162,000 viewers on FS2.  Also, the UFC weigh-ins on Friday drew 113,000 viewers on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

Big ratings despite being pre-empted at the beginning for football.  However, the Bedlam game was high-scoring, close and drew over 2.4 million viewers which was a great lead-in when the game ended.  The 1.276M viewers bodes well for the overall PPV buys for 217 as it is usually an indicator of interest.

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