UFC Fight Night 138 draws 531,000 viewers

October 30, 2018

UFC Fight Night 138 drew 531,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The prelims drew 237,000 viewers on FS2.

The last part of the prelims aired on FS1 and drew 159,000 viewers in the 20 minutes it was on the network.  The main card saw a 12-minute overrun for the featured fight of Anthony Smith defeating Volkan Oezdemir.

The post-fight show drew 299,000 viewers on FS1.

The event was the promotion’s first in Montcon, New Brunswick Canada.

2018 Fight Nights Main Card
UFC Fight Night  124 1,285,000
UFC Fight Night 125 839,000
UFC Fight Night 126 893,000
UFC Fight Night 127 FP
UFC Fight Night 128 956,000
UFC Fight Night 129 870,000
UFC Fight Night 130 552,000
UFC Fight Night 131 517,000
UFC Fight Night 132 FP
UFC Fight Night 133 754,000
UFC Fight Night 134 492,000
UFC Fight Night 135 596,000
UFC Fight Night 136 FP
UFC Fight Night 137 607,000
UFC Fight Night 138 531,000

Payout Perspective:

Relatively similar ratings for Saturday night’s Fight Night than most over the course of this year.   The UFC went up against College Football, the World Series and one of HBO’s final events on the network.


UFC Fight Night 137 draws 607,000 viewers, Prelims 243,000

September 25, 2018

UFC Fight Night 137 drew 607,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night while the Prelims on FS2 drew 243,000 according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The main card featured Eryck Anders taking on Thiago Santos.  Anders was unable to continue and Santos won via TKO after Round 3.  The prelims airing on FS2 featured Charles Oliveira getting another bonus of the night for his submission of Christo Giagos.  The prelims also saw the final fight for Evan Dunham as he lost to Francisco Trinaldo via KO.

UFC Fight Night 137 took place at the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Payout Perspective:

The main card started on FS2 as there was an overrun from the Texas Tech-Oklahoma State football game.  As a result, the main card didn’t start on FS1 until 10:41pm ET.  The ratings for this show are better than the last time the UFC visited San Paulo in October 2017 (558,000 viewers for the main card).  The viewership is also better than the last two Fight Night shows on cable.

UFC Fight Night 120 draws 870,000 viewers on FS1; Prelims on FS2 draw 254,000

May 22, 2018

UFC Fight Night 129 drew 870,000 viewers on Saturday night on FS1 according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The prelims which aired on FS2 drew 254,000 viewers.

The event, which featured Demian Maia taking on Kamaru Usman.  Usman pulled out the 5-round victory over Maia as he was able to neutralize Maia’s ground game.  The main card drew a 0.31 in the A18-49 demo.

The prelims drew 254,000 viewers and a 0.07 in the A18-49 demo.

The post-fight on FS1 drew 256,000 viewers and 0.11 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The event did well considering there was no compelling name on this card and was opposite Showtime Boxing and the NBA Playoffs featuring Cleveland and Boston.  The game was a blowout in favor of the Cavs so that may have helped.  The prelims were shuffled due to scheduling conflicts which did not help its viewership.  Overall, 870,000 is a good number for this event since it was another International card with a lot of fighters that are unknown to many in the US.

UFC 224 Prelims draw 574,000 viewers on FX

May 15, 2018

The UFC 224 Prelims on FX drew 574,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The Prelims were shifted to FX due to scheduling conflicts on both FS1 and FS2.

The telecast drew 0.21 in the A18-49 demo and 0.29 in the M18-49 demo.

The last time the UFC Prelims appeared on FX, it drew 653,000 viewers.  The Prelims for UFC 224 were highlighted by Cezar Ferreira’s submission of Karl Roberson.

The Prefight Show on FX drew 281,000 viewers and the Post-Fight Show on FS1 drew 218,000 viewers.  The Prefight show trended lower than the prior 3 PPVs while the Post-Fight show drew higher than the last 3.

Payout Perspective:

The Prelim ratings on FX are disappointing but on a night with a variety of combat sports (Bellator, ESPN Boxing and HBO BAD), the move to another channel may have confused some viewers.  Notably, the Post-Fight Show drew higher ratings once UFC programming returned to FS1.

UFC Fight Night Austin draws 893,000 viewers on FS1; Prelims draw 675,000

February 21, 2018

UFC Fight Night Austin on Sunday night drew 893,000 viewers according to Nielsen. The prelims which preceded the main card drew 675,000 viewers on FS1.

On Fox Sports Go and FOX Now the main card telecast had an average minute audience of 13,959. Peak viewership for UFC Fight Night was 1,078,000 viewers between 9:15-9:30pm which was for the Sage Northcutt fight.

The main event for the UFC Fight Night telecast was Donald Cerrone versus Yancy Medeiros with Cerrone getting the first round stoppage.

The main card drew 0.46 in the A18-49 demo. The prelims on FS1 drew 0.30 in the A18-49 demo.

Notably, the weigh-ins on Saturday afternoon on FS1 drew 261,000 viewers making it the 4th most-watched weigh-ins in FS1 history.

The pre-fight show on FS1 drew 131,000 viewers while the post-fight show drew 202,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

Hard not to ignore that the main card peaked during Sage Northcutt’s controversial victory over Thibalt Gouti. Northcutt is someone that the casual fan wants to watch. Even with a pretty interesting main event in Cerrone-Medeiros, many tuned in to watch Sage and then turned the channel. The ratings are good considering it went up against the NBA All-Star game and the Winter Olympics.

UFC Fight Night 125 draws 839,000 on FS1; Prelims on FS2 361,000

February 6, 2018

UFC Fight Night 125 on FS1 drew 839,000 viewers on Saturday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The Prelims, which aired on FS2, drew 361,000 viewers.

The main card was highlighted by Lyoto Machida defeating Eryk Anders via split decision in the main event.  The prelims feature bout saw Sergio Moraes defeat Tim Means via split decision.

The post-fight wrap-up show on FS1 drew 231,000 viewers and 0.09 in the A18-49 demo from 10:26pm-11:26 pm PT

The Prelims rating on FS2 improved over this past October’s UFC Fight Night 119 prelims when it was also pre-empted on FS1.  Notably, that post-fight show drew 265,000 on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

The main card ratings improve upon October’s UFC card in Brazil which drew just 558,000 viewers for Machida against Derek Brunson.  The card went up against the NBA on ABC and boxing on ESPN.  Good ratings for the Prelims as well for it being on FS2 due to college basketball.

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.

UFC Fight Night 119 draws 558,000 on FS1, prelims draw 198,000 on FS2

October 31, 2017

UFC Fight Night 119 on Saturday night from Brazil drew 558,000 viewers on FS1.  The prelims, which aired on FS2, drew 198,000 viewers.

UFC Fight Night 119 featured Derek Brunson as he faced the returning Lyoto Machida.  Brunson stopped Machida in the first round to the dismay of the Brazilian fans.  The prelims which aired on FS2 due to College Football featured Vincente Luque’s D’arce choke victory over Niko Price.

The post-fight show on FS1 drew 265,000 from 12:59am to 2:00am on Saturday night.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are fairly low due in part to the significant sports competition with The World Series and College Football.  The main card did better than the last televised Fight Night which was the Japan Fight Night this past September on FXX.  Yet, for a typical FS1 Fight Night card, this appears sub par.

Mayweather/McGregor New York Tour Stop draws 136,000 on FS2

July 15, 2017

The Mayweather/McGregor World Tour from New York on Thursday drew 136,000 viewers according to Nielsen.  The third leg, and possibly worst, of the four tour stops took place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

The tour stop featured Conor McGregor in a long, mink and Floyd Mayweather showering McGregor with ones.  The live airing on FS2 drew 0.07 in the A18-49 and was marred with both parties arriving really, really late to the event.

Los Angeles:  124,000 (live)

Toronto:  107,000 (live)

New York:  136,000 (live)

Payout Perspective:

We don’t have the ratings for the London tour stop, but New York’s stop was the most-watched live tour stop despite the fact that everyone had to wait so long to see the presser.  What turned out to be a good idea, may have devolved over the course of the week of tour stops as the same gimmicks were pulled out for each city.

The Ratings Buffet for the week ending July 14th – UPDATED

July 14, 2017

Welcome to another edition of The Ratings Buffet for the week ending July 14th.  UPDATED – Now includes ratings from last Friday’s TUF 25 Finale.


FS1: TUF 25 Finale Prefight 6:00pm ET 130,000 viewers; 0.06 A18-40

FS1: TUF 25 Finale Prelims 7:00pm ET 453,000 viewers; 0.15 A18-49

FS1: TUF 25 Finale Prelims 9:00pm ET 724,000 viewers; 0.26 A18-49

FS1: TUF Finale Post Fight 12:06 am ET 232,000 viewers; 0.10 A18-49


FS1:  UFC 212 Prelims 8:00pm ET 657,000 viewers; 0.24 A18-49

FS1:  UFC PPV Prefight: 7:00pm ET 219,000 viewers; 0.09 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Post-Fight: 1:12am ET 206,000 viewers; 0.09 A18-49


USA:  Monday Night Raw 8pm ET 3.049 million viewers; 1.18 A18-49

USA:  Monday Night Raw 9pm ET 3.074 million viewers; 1.18 A18-49

USA:  Monday Night Raw 10pm ET 2.905 million viewers; 1.20 A18-49


USA:  WWE Smackdown 8:00pm ET 2.465 million viewers; 0.76 A18-49

FS1: Mayweather/McGregor World Tour (Los Angeles) 133,000 viewers (replay)

FS2:  Mayweather/McGregor World Tour (Los Angeles) 133,000 viewers (live)


El Rey:  Lucha Underground: 8pm ET 107,000, 0.03 A18-49; 9pm ET Replay 43,000, 0.01 A18-49

FS1: Mayweather/McGregor World Tour (Toronto) 283,000 viewers on FS1;

FS2: Mayweather/McGregor World Tour 124,000 viewers on FS2 (live)


FS2: Mayweather/McGregor World Tour (Brooklyn) 7:00pm-9:12pm ET:  0.07 in the A18-49 category, 136,000 viewers

POP: Impact Wrestling 8:00pm ET: 0.10 A18-49, 374,000 viewers

The ratings via Nielsen.



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