Fighting Championships averaged 190,000 viewers for its
seventh-season debut on Friday night, while the Ultimate Fighting
Championship attracted 111,000 observers during Saturday
afternoon’s live broadcast of
UFC on Fuel TV 5.
Sherdog.com confirmed the viewership figures Tuesday with an
industry source, who also revealed that the UFC on Fuel TV 5
replay, which aired at 10 p.m. ET, eclipsed the show’s live
broadcast mark by pulling 140,000 viewers.
Additionally, the UFC telecasts posted household ratings of 0.25
and 0.29, respectively. Likely skewed by the 4 p.m. ET start time,
the live broadcast resulted in the smallest viewer turnout for any
UFC on Fuel TV event to date, dropping below the previous low of
173,000 viewers set by UFC on Fuel TV 3 in May.
Saturday’s event took place at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham,
England, and featured six fights on the Fuel TV-broadcast main
card. The show was headlined by 7-foot-tall Dutch heavyweight
Struve, who knocked out previously unbeaten Stipe
Miocic. The main card also saw hometown favorite Dan Hardy
overcome a slow start against Amir
Sadollah, as the Brit used a much improved wrestling attack to
outpoint “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 winner in the co-main
MTV2’s broadcast of
Bellator 74 was highlighted by the Season 7 welterweight
tournament quarterfinals. Lyman Good,
Tsarev and Andrey
Koreshkov all advanced to the tournament semifinals. The card's
190,000 average viewers resulted in more than a 13 percent increase
from the 167,000 observers drawn in by Bellator 73, which concluded
the promotion’s 2012 Summer Series in August.