Saturday night proved to be a disappointing night for MMA in the television stakes with UFC 136’s preliminary show on Spike TV drawing an average of just 1 million viewers, the lowest ever for the series.

That matched an all-time low for Bellator 53 of 103,000 viewers during the same evening over on MTV2.

The puzzling thing from a UFC perspective is that this was actually one of their stronger live prelim line-ups with former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis taking on Jeremy Stephens and former UFC middleweight top contender Damien Maia fighting Jorge Santiago.

Having said that, while the two fights looked good on paper they both turned out to be relatively uneventful and that may have effected the overall ratings.

The weekend’s brodcast also drew a 0.8 household rating along with a 1.24 for Males aged 18-34 and and a 1.0 for Males 18-49.