UFC on Fuel 2 Sees Slip Dip in TV Ratings

April 17, 2012
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UFC on Fuel TV 2 PosterSaturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva marked the UFC’s second live event on Fuel TV, drawing an average audience of 197,000 viewers.

That’s down slightly from the promotion’s premier live event on the network, UFC on Fuel TV 1: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. UFC on Fuel TV 1 drew an average audience of 217,000 viewers.

While these numbers are modest compared to many networks, Fuel TV executives have been ecstatic with the TV ratings that these shows and other UFC programming has drawn on the network. For Fuel TV, these numbers represent a solid increase over past programming, prior to the UFC.

UFC on Fuel TV 2 featured the further ascension of Alexander Gustafsson up the light heavyweight ranks. He had to go to a decision for the first time in his career, but did enough to win a unanimous decision over one his toughest opponents in Thiago Silva.

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  • The rating might go up if FOX can get Fuel TV carried in more areas and by providers such as comcast. I for one hate missing great fights. I would hope that they could at least stream the fights on fuel.tv given the limited television coverage.

  • pooby

    “Slip dip”?

    • mmafan7

      Haha, ya I was also wondering wtf? lol.

  • Towers66

    That’s what caught my eye too. lol.

  • RonnieV

    Of course the ratings are bad, nobody gets FUEL!!

  • KBEsq

    Yeah, it’s really too bad this card was not on Fox. This was one of the most exciting cards I’ve seen in a while. The first two fights really set the tone for what MMA is all about and represented fights that would compel a casual fan to pay attention.

    I hope White gave a huge bonus to Picket/Page and Johnson/MaGuire above and beyond the fight of the night and sub bonus.

  • orange138

    I had to call my cable Co. and pay extra for that Chanel (fuel) and a few others that I’ll never watch. I see why it didn’t get great ratings

  • I’m sure the UFC is happy with this: despite the low ratings its STILL beating Bellator championship fights!

  • Jomina

    Think more had to do with the show airing live in the middle of the afternoon versus in a normal 7/8 PM timeslot

  • maddawgmar

    I agree that had a lot to do with it. I was working, Couldn’t have caught it live. DVR yes. But I can’t rationalize paying extra monthly for something that happens a few times a year. If the shows were monthly then yeah, but even PPV fights I go to places like Dave and Busters, pay ten buck watch the fights and even with beers and food don’t spend over thirty bucks. For the majority of fans this is the case, no point in buying it for a couple of fights.