The UFC’s longstanding partnership with Spike TV is winding down. As it is, so are the ratings for the UFC Prelims Live series on the network.
While the UFC 135 Prelims hit a peak viewership of 1.6 million viewers on average, the ratings have slipped down for the two successive events. The UFC 136 Prelims drew just 1.0 million viewers, and Spike officials on Tuesday reports that the UFC 137 Prelims on Spike didn’t do much better, drawing 1.1 million viewers.
That’s too bad for fans that missed out on a couple of spectacular finishes and a bonus fight. Bart Palaszewski treated fans to a brutal knockout of Tyson Griffin, while Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone cemented at UFC 141 co-main event slot by knocking Top 10 lightweight Dennis Siver loopy then quickly submitting him.
Due to the quick finishes of the two scheduled bouts on Spike, the production crew slotted in a third bout. Brandon Vera and Eliot Marshall fought just before Spike went to air, but due to the controversial nature of Vera’s decision victory, the fight was shown on tape delay on Spike.
The UFC Prelims on Spike now clocks in at 23 episodes, drawing an average of 1.4 million viewers per show over the life of the series to date.