Figures released today show that Saturday night’s live UFC 121 prelims show on Spike TV drew an average of 1.5 million viewers.

The hour long broadcast peaked with an audience of 1.64 million and drew a 1.03 household rating.

The average ratings show a 200,000 gain from UFC 119’s preliminary show and pushes it into joint third place on the ratings front since the show first began in September of 2009. The 1.7 million viewers who tuned in for UFC 109 in February still marks the high point for the show so far though.

The show featured two fights from the preliminary card – starting with a lackluster wrestling encounter between Tom Lawlor and Patrick Cote before featuring a relatively entertaining bout that saw TUF season 11 winner Court McGee rebound after a shaky start to claim victory over Ryan Jensen.

The show likely enjoyed a residual benefit of the overall interest surrounding the UFC 121 event due to the headline bout between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez which was a trending topic on both Google and Twitter for much of the weekend.

Spike TV still have one live prelims show scheduled for 2010, at UFC 123 next month prior to the airing of the pay-per-view card.

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