on Fox 4 averaged 2.4 million viewers during its Saturday night
broadcast from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sherdog.com learned
Tuesday from an industry source.
The viewership matches the number put forth by UFC
on Fox 3, which took place May 5 at Izod Center in East
Rutherford, N.J. Headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between
former champion Mauricio Rua
Vera, UFC on Fox 4 earned a household rating of 1.44.
The Aug. 4 event also saw Lyoto
Machida earn a shot at light heavyweight gold by knocking out
Bader with a devastating counter right straight in the
evening's co-main event. A “Fight of the Night” winning lightweight
scrap between Joe Lauzon and
Varner was also featured on the Fox broadcast, as was Mike Swick’s
second-round knockout of DaMarques
Though the reported figure equals the mark set by UFC on Fox 3, the
UFC on Fox 4 broadcast still fell short of the promotion’s first
two efforts on the network, which netted 5.7 and 4.7 million
viewers in November and January, respectively. Headlined by a
heavyweight championship main event between Junior dos
Santos and Cain
Velasquez, UFC on Fox 1 still holds the viewership record for a
live MMA broadcast on network TV, breaking the previous mark of
4.85 million viewers set in 2008 by the CBS-broadcast EliteXC
Saturday’s preliminary card on Fuel TV averaged 194,000 viewers,
according to Sherdog.com’s source.
The reported figure easily tops the previous high for a preliminary
card broadcast on Fuel TV, which was set when UFC on FX 1 attracted
148,000 viewers in January. The program also marked a high for
preliminary broadcasts in the series, topping both the second and
third UFC on Fox installments, which earned 144,000 and 86,000
viewers, respectively. The UFC on Fox 1 prelims were not broadcast
on Fuel TV but were instead streamed live on Facebook.