UPDATED: UFC Fresno ratings: main card peaks at start of telecast

December 13, 2017

Updated ratings information from UFC Fight Night Fresno on FS1 Saturday night show that the card peaked at 1,037,000 viewers from 10:15-10:30pm ET according to Nielsen.

The prelims peaked at 826,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night during the last quarter hour, 9:45pm-10pm ET according to Nielsen.

From our original post:

UFC Fight Night 123 drew 870,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night.  The Prelims which preceded the main card drew 707,000 viewers.

The main card featured Brian Ortega and Cub Swanson in the main event.  The 185-minute UFC Fight Night 123 drew 0.32 in the A18-49 demo.  The two-hour prelim card drew 0.21 in the A18-49 demo.

The post-show on FS1 drew 315,000 viewers.  The 60-minute show which started after the main card drew 0.13 in the A18-49 demo.

The main card was up 16% in comparison to Q4’s UFC Fight Night average of 753,000 viewers.  On Fox Sports Go and Fox Now, the telecast average minute audience was 8,036.

Payout Perspective:

The updated ratings show that many that many people watched the end of the prelims and then the beginning of the main card and then the viewership went down from there.  The featured fight on the prelims was Alexis Davis pulling out a split decision against Liz Carmouche.  The first fight of the main card was a entertaining fight between Benito Lopez and Albert Moralex.  It could be due to the start of the Lomachenko-Rigo fight which started around 11pm ET (during the Eryk Anders-Marcus Perez fight).  Anders-Perez was the second fight on the main card.

UFC Fight Night 123 draws 870K viewers, Prelims draw 707,000

December 12, 2017

UFC Fight Night 123 drew 870,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The Prelims which preceded the main card drew 707,000 viewers.

The main card featured Brian Ortega and Cub Swanson in the main event.  The 185-minute UFC Fight Night 123 drew 0.32 in the A18-49 demo.  The two-hour prelim card drew 0.21 in the A18-49 demo.

The post-show on FS1 drew 315,000 viewers.  The 60-minute show which started after the main card drew 0.13 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

On a night with many choices for combat sports, the UFC did well in the ratings scoring about the same average as these Fight Night cards.  It actually drew the best ratings for a Fight Night on cable TV since UFC Fight Night 116’s main card of 872,000.

PBC on FS1 draws 236,000 viewers on Friday night

December 11, 2017

On Friday night, PBC on FS1 drew 236,000 viewers.  The event featured Jean Pascal as he faced Ahmed Elbiali.

The event was the pre-cursor to the big boxing event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeux.

Former light heavyweight champion, Pascal stopped the previously unbeaten Elbiali.  After the fight, Pascal announced his retirement.

Payout Perspective:

Fair ratings for the event which featured a former champ in the main event.  Yet, this was an event mainly for the boxing fan and the 236,000 reflects this.

UFC 218 Prelims draw 694,000 viewers on FS1

December 5, 2017

The UFC 218 Prelims drew 694,000 viewers Saturday night on FS1 according to Nielsen.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, it drew 0.26 in A18-49 demo.  The event fetured Charles Oliviera and Paul Felder.  The Irish Dragon defeated DoBronx via tap to strikes.

The event also featured one of the fights of the year as Yancy Medeiros scored an upset victory over Cowboy Alex Oliveira.

UFC 218 took place at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Payout Perspective:

The Prelims rating is a usual indicator of how the PPV will do and based on this outcome, we might expect something in the mid-150s.  The PPV Prelims did air against College Football Championship Saturday with the Big 10 and ACC Championship games on the same time.  The good news for the UFC is that last December’s PPV later replayed on Fox on Christmas Eve and scored surprisingly good ratings.  This was a good PPV card and if you throw in Cowboy-Yancy, it could do well on Fox again.

Bellator 189 draws 439,000 viewers on Spike

December 4, 2017

Bellator 189 drew 439,000 viewers on Spike TV Friday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The event featured Julia Budd defending her Featherweight championship against Arlene Blencowe.  It was Budd’s first title defense as she defeated Blencowe for the second time.

The event took place in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Payout Perspective:

The UFC edged out Bellator on Friday night with its TUF Finale.  Bellator ratings were down slightly from last week’s event in Israel.  The event did not draw as much interest as the UFC which might be due in part to the TUF season and the lack of promotion for the Bellator event.  This is the 6th event this year which has drawn less than 500,000 viewers.

 

TUF 26 Episode 12 draws 220,000 viewers on FS1

November 30, 2017

The season finale of season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter drew 220,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night. It’s one of the lowest (if not the lowest) live + SD rating for the TUF franchise.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, it drew 0.09 in the A18-49 demo.

In the last fight of the season to determine who will fight in the live Finale on Friday night Sijara Eubanks defeated Roxanne Modafferi to earn her right to the TUF Finale.  It would have meant two of the lowest seeds (Nicco Montano is the other finalist) in the house squaring off for the inaugural Flyweight title.  However, due to weight cutting issues, Eubanks was forced to pull out and Modafferi was inserted into the final slot.

Payout Perspective:

Wednesday night’s show was not in the usual 10pm ET time slot as the replay of episode 11 aired and the new episode aired in the 11pm ET slot.  The ratings for this season were quite low with an average of 237,000 viewers for live viewership and the lowest rating ever for a first-run episode of TUF.  The fall TUF season is a hard sell due to Major League Baseball’s postseason as the show takes a week or so off due to conflicts and/or the World Series.  DVR ratings have helped bolster the viewership by almost 40 to 50% of the live viewing each week.

TUF 26 Episode 11 draws 273,000 viewers on FS1

November 27, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Episode 11 drew 273,000 viewers last Wednesday  on FS1 per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, it drew 0.09 in the Adult 18-49 category.  It was the penultimate episode of the season with Barb Honchak taking on Nicco Montano one semifinal.  The 14th seed Montano scored another upset as she defeated the 2nd seeded Honchak.  Montano will face the winner of the Roxanne Modafferi-Sijara Eubanks fight airing on the season finale of TUF 26.

Payout Perspective:

We will update the DVR numbers from the last couple weeks later this week.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually a tough time for viewership although TUF rebounds from an all-time low last week of 158,000 viewers.  Last year, TUF 24’s 11th episode which also took place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving drew 304,000 viewers.  The night belonged to the NBA with the two games on ESPN drawing the top two spots for cable watchers.

UFC Fight Night 121 draws 815,000 viewers, prelims 775,000

November 21, 2017

UFC Fight Night 121 drew 815,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night per Nielsen.  The prelims which preceded the main card on the network drew 775,000 viewers on the network.

The main event featured Fabricio Werdum as he defeated Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision in a heavyweight matchup.  The prelims featured bout saw Ryan Benoit score a headkick KO of Ashkan Mokhtarian in the third round of their fight.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, the main card drew 0.26 in the A18-49 demo and the prelims did 0.25 in the same demo.

The 60-minute post-fight show on FS1 drew 321,000 viewers and 0.14 in the A18-49 demo.  The post-fight show started 20 minutes late due to the main card overrun.  The pre-fight show was abbreviated to 10 minutes due to College Football overrun.  It did draw 739,000 viewers in just 10 minutes.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are lower than last week’s card but 815,000 has to be a success considering the lack of buzz and notable fights on this card.  The 775,000 for the prelims is another good number as it was going up against college football Saturday night.

TUF 26 Episode 10 draws low of 158,000 viewers

November 16, 2017

TUF 26 Episode 10 drew 158,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Nielsen.  It is the lowest-rating for the TUF series.

The show featured the final quarterfinal bouts to determine the semifinals for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.  Barb Honchak defeated Rachael Ostovich in one of the quarterfinal bouts.  In the other Nicco Montano defeated Montana Stewart.

Honchak and Montana will now meet in next week’s semifinals to determine who will fight for the title at the Finale on December 1st.

The show drew only 0.06 viewers in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The 158,000 viewers is the lowest-rated TUF this season and overall for a first-run episode for the series.  It was ranked 150th in cable tv ratings on Wednesday night and almost did not make the cut for reported ratings on ShowBuzz Daily as it only lists the top 150 shows on a given day.  The lead-in was college basketball which did not draw that many viewers.  An Indiana-Seton Hall matchup drew just 252,000 viewers Wednesday night before TUF.

UFC Fight Night 120 draws 837,000 viewers on FS1; prelims score 726,000

November 14, 2017

Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 120 on FS1 drew 837,000 viewers. The prelims scored 726,000 viewers on FS1.

The main card was highlighted by a bloody main event between Dutin Poirier and Anthony Pettis. Poirier scored the victory when Pettis tapped due to injury. The prelims featured Marlon Moraes over John Dodson.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, the main card drew 0.34 in the A18-49 demo while the prelims drew 0.28.

The pre-fight show (7-8:05pm ET) on FS1 drew 272,000 viewers and the post-fight show (1:10-2:10am ET) drew 369,000.

Payout Perspective:

The event improved over the last two televised Fight Nights due in part to better matchups overall.  The ratings, including the prelims and post-fight show, are very good considering they want up against boxing on ESPN and HBO and college football.

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