Spike TV’s “UFC
131 Prelims Live” special earned an average of 1.6 million
viewers with its live broadcast Saturday night, according to
numbers released Tuesday by the cable channel.
The hour-long special, which immediately preceded the pay-per-view
event, also earned a 1.0 household rating, and scores of 1.34 and
1.3 in the Male 18-34 and M18-49 demographics, respectively.
According to Spike, the “Prelims Live” broadcast ranked No. 1 in
both of the aforementioned male demographics for its time slot.
The broadcast featured two preliminary contests from Rogers Arena
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as Chris
Weidman choked out Jesse
Bongfeldt before Sam Stout
blasted Yves Edwards
into unconsciousness. The ratings for the broadcast steadily
climbed for the special’s duration, peaking during the show’s final
15 minutes with 1.76 million viewers.
UFC 131 was headlined by a one-sided heavyweight tilt that saw
Santos batter Shane
Carwin en route to a unanimous decision, while the co-main
event featured the successful featherweight debut of Kenny
Florian, who outpointed Diego Nunes.
Both Dos Santos and Florian are now expected to receive title shots
at respective divisional champions Cain
Velasquez and Jose Aldo.