UFC 200 prelims draw 1.786 million viewers to Fox Sports 1, second highest PPV prelim of 2016

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Julianna Pena (photo credit Troy Taormina © USA Today)

Saturday’s UFC 200 event is expected to do significant business on pay-per-view, and it was preceded by a well-viewed preliminary card on Fox Sports 1.

According to a report from Sports TV Ratings, the UFC 200 prelims on FS1 drew an average of 1,786,000 viewers on Saturday night, the top rated cable broadcast among adults 18-49.

The broadcast got off to a delayed start due to a Yankees-Indians game going into extra innings, kicking off at 8:31PM ET with the decision being read in the Sage Northcutt-Enrique Marin. Featuring several fights with legitimate contenders, the hour and a half broadcast brought more prelim viewers to FS1 than any other pay-per-view card this year save for UFC 196 in March.

The FS1 broadcast saw T.J. Dillashaw avenge his loss to Raphael Assuncao, while Kelvin Gastelum and Julianna Pena scored upset decision wins over Johny Hendricks and Cat Zingano, respectively.

Here’s the previous viewership for 2016’s pay-per-view prelims to date:

UFC 195: 1,032,000 viewers

UFC 196: 1,843,000 viewers

UFC 197: 835,000 viewers

UFC 198: 786,000 viewers

UFC 199: 794,000 viewers

UFC 200: 1,786,000 viewers

[Photo (c) Troy Taormina via USA Today Sports]

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