New Ratings Released: Fox Debut Most Watched UFC Event Ever

November 13, 2011
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As expected, more ratings have been reported from last night’s historic UFC on Fox debut and according to the latest numbers, the event was the most watched in UFC history.

A release from Fox Sports states that the UFC on Fox debut fight, which featured a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, pulled in 5.7 million viewers.

The overall ratings for the broadcast were said to have topped the demographics including adults 18-34, adults 18-49, men 18-34, and men 18-49.

While the UFC broadcast did have strong opposition in the form of two college football games, the show on Fox still pulled in very good numbers for the Saturday night slot.

Also to note, according to the release, the UFC on Fox broadcast rated a 4.3 among the coveted 18-34 male demographic, which rated it higher than any college football game shown on a Saturday night this year, with the exception of last week’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 shootout between LSU and Alabama.

The UFC on Fox debut is now the most watched combat sports event since the Lennox Lewis/Vitali Klitschko fight on HBO, according to Fox Sports. That heavyweight boxing title fight pulled in 7 million viewers in 2003.

What’s interesting to note is also the number the UFC on Fox broadcast did against those put up by EliteXC in 2008. The show that featured former street fighter Kimbo Slice against James Thompson, reportedly drew 6.51 million viewers at its peak.

The UFC on Fox show on average, however, outdid the overall broadcast of that card (5.7 million viwers vs. 4.9 million viewers).

Final ratings numbers will likely be released in the next two days.


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  • metall1c1ne

    The UFC would have pulled higher ratings had the fight last longer…the Kimbo fight got attention because of his youtube exploits

    No doubt about it, because the fight was over so quickly many people turned in for the fight and turned it right back off…some ppl prolly missed it all together

    • MMAMIKE

      totally agree that the length of the fight hurt the numbers.Also I would bet that Lesner (had he beat Velasquez) vs Dos Santos would have got alot better raitings.He just has the bigger name. Also GSP would have been a good choice?