on Fox 2 earned an average of 4.7 million viewers for its
Saturday night broadcast on Fox.
Sherdog.com Tuesday confirmed the viewership figure with an
industry source, who also revealed that the broadcast posted
respective ratings of 3.21 and 3.20 in the Male 18-49 and 18-34
All three figures represent a decline from the promotion’s
inaugural effort on Fox in November, which was the most-watched
MMA event in U.S. broadcast history. Featuring a heavyweight title
main event between Junior dos
Santos and Cain
Velasquez, UFC on Fox 1 attracted an average of 5.7 million
viewers and earned ratings of 4.0 and 4.3 in the aforementioned
Headlined by a pivotal light heavyweight scrap between Rashad
Evans and Phil Davis,
UFC on Fox 2 marked the organization’s first trip to the United
Center in Chicago. Evans outpointed Davis in the main event,
notching a unanimous decision and earning his long-awaited crack at
light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The Fox telecast featured three fights in total, showcasing
Sonnen’s victory over Michael
Bisping as well as Chris
Weidman’s triumph over Demian Maia
in addition to the light heavyweight headliner.
UFC on Fox 2 tied the promotion’s second-best ratings, drawing even
with 2007’s UFC 75, which featured a headlining attraction between
Jackson and Dan
Henderson and aired on Spike TV via tape delay. The previous
high for a network television MMA broadcast was set by EliteXC
“Primetime” in 2008, which pulled an average of 4.85 million
viewers on CBS.
Spike TV’s counter programming effort on Saturday took in an
average of 960,000 viewers for a UFC Fight Night replay from 7-9
p.m. ET, and averaged 720,000, 805,000 and 821,000 viewers for
three consecutive episodes of “UFC Unleashed” beginning at 9 p.m.