The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV ended their relationship on Friday night with the broadcast of UFC 141 Prelims Live.
The final episode of preliminary bouts on the network pulled in an average audience of 1.8 million viewers.
Over 25 airings of UFC preliminary bouts on Spike TV, the series average 1.41 million viewers per episode.
Friday night’s UFC 141 Prelims Live, featuring bouts pitting Ross Pearson vs. Junior Assuncao and Anthony Njokuani vs. Danny Castillo, was the highest rated episode of prelims on Spike since UFC 126, which drew an average of 2.0 million viewers.
The UFC began a new seven-year television broadcast partnership with the Fox family of networks on Jan. 1. The bulk of the promotions preliminary bouts, which used to air primarily in a combination of the UFC’s facebook page and Spike TV, will now air on Fuel TV and FX.