The second batch of television ratings have been released for Saturday’s “UFC on FOX” event, and they are much more favorable than what was initially reported this morning.
According to Nielsen Media Research via FOX Sports, the UFC’s primetime debut on FOX attracted an average of 5.7 million viewers, making it the most watched live UFC event in history. TVbyTheNumbers had previously announced that only 4.6 million viewers tuned in to witness last night’s show.
The press release stated the hour-long broadcast topped the live average of 4.9 million viewers that saw Kimbo Slice beat James Thompson at “EliteXC: Primetime” in May of 2008. However, that CBS broadcast peaked at 6.5 million viewers and the peak for “UFC on FOX” won’t be released until later this week.
Once the final numbers are confirmed, FOX expects to run the table in all the key demographics during the 9PM ET/6PM PT time slot, including Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.
Furthermore, last night’s show, which featured a heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos that lasted all of 64 seconds, is now the most watched combat sports event since the Lennox Lewis boxed Vitali Klitschko on HBO in 2003. That show pulled in 7 million viewers.