For the second time the UFC took their preliminary show to network station Ion TV on Saturday night for UFC 127, and unfortunately the ratings were down compared to their first offering at the turn of the year.

On this occasion the hour long show prior to the main card on pay-per-view produced an average of 714,000 viewers.  That’s a slide of 115,000 compared to the UFC 125 prelim show on January 1st.

The broadcast featured three preliminary bouts, with Nick Ring Vs Riki Fukuda, Alexander Gustafsson Vs James Te Huna and Ross Pearson Vs Spencer Fisher.

So far the UFC shows on Ion have paled in comparison to Spike TV’s offerings, with the UFC 126 prelim show on the station for example pulling in a record 2 million viewers.

The UFC appear committed to offering fans an opportunity to watch the preliminary bouts one way or another though, with an additional two fights from the UFC 127 card being available to watch live on Facebook.  Viewing figures for that streaming content has not been made available so far.