“UFC 129 Prelims” Garners 1.5 Million Viewers for Spike TV

Written by Tom Ngo
May 3rd, 2011

UFC Welterweight Jake Ellenberger

According to Spike TV, this weekend’s “UFC 129 Prelims” special pulled in a 1.0 household rating and captured 1.5 million viewers. While the numbers are fairly impressive, the freebie fights offered up for UFC 126 this past February keeps the viewership record for preliminary bouts with 2 million.

Saturday’s one-hour special featured Rory MacDonald’s impressive upset victory over Nate Diaz, as well as Jake Ellenberger’s lights out win against Sean Pierson.

As expected, the “UFC 129 Prelims” topped the key demographics during the 8PM ET/5PM PT timeslot, earning a 1.3 rating among Men 18-49 and 1.5 among Men 18-34.

The scores were up slightly from the numbers UFC 128 produced in March. That show garnered 1.3 million viewers.

UFC 129 took place this past Saturday inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his crown against Jake Shields in the night’s main event.

The show set a MMA North American attendance record with over 55,700 guests. For the first time in company history, every bout on the roster was made available for live viewing by way of Facebook, Spike TV and the pay-per-view.

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