While well down from the year average, Saturday’s UFC show from Salt Lake City did well considering the lack of star power on the show.
The card, on a huge sports night that included the Olympics, did 863,000 viewers for a main card headlined by Yair Rodriguez winning a five-round decision over Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres. The card was a showcase for the Mexico-born Rodriguez, a flashy featherweight, but it was more an attempt to make him a star by building a show around him, as opposed to him coming in as a star and being expected to draw a big number.
The show featured no well known drawing cards, as the biggest names on the main card were Dennis Bermudez and Thales Leites.
The big competition was the Olympics, which did 20,633,000 viewers on NBC, a number that was considered a major disappointment since four years ago, from London, with the events all on tape delay, the first Saturday of the Olympics did 28,715,000 viewers.
UFC is averaging 966,000 viewers for prime time Fight Nights on FOX Sports 1 over the past seven months.
The show’s peak rating was 1,023,000 viewers for the Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi fight.
The prelims was 8-10 p.m. did 662,000 viewers, just slightly below the 685,000 average from February through August for prime time prelims on FS 1.
Other Saturday night sports competition included more Olympic coverage on NBC Sports doing 1,857,000 viewers, the NFL Hall of Fame ceremonies that did 839,000 viewers on ESPN and another 448,000 on the NFL Network, and Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand’s boxing match on HBO which peaked at 742,000 viewers for the main event.
The pre-fight show on FS 1 did 184,000 viewers and the post-fight show, which didn’t start until 1:27 a.m., did 229,000 viewers.
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