5 YRS AGO: UFC debuts on FX and comes up well short of the prior Fight Night average viewership on Spike TV

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch editor-in-chief

Five years ago today, ratings came in for UFC’s debut on FX (they would later move their live events to Fox’s new sports channel, FS1). The following details the viewership and how it compared to their audience on their prior U.S. cable home, Spike TV.

The UFC’s official debut on FX drew an average of 1.3 million viewers last Friday night, up from the two-hour Prelims Live broadcast for UFC 142 the week before.

The numbers are lower than Spike TV’s average of 1.9 million viewers in 2011 for the three “Fight Night” events they aired, though the UFC’s presence on Spike had been more established than their new television partnership.

Additionally, the Fuel TV prelims broadcast garnered 148,000 viewers on average, a massive uptick from Fuel’s primetime average but still far below the UFC’s other broadcasts.

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