Saturday night’s UFC 139 prelim special on Spike TV drew 1.2 million viewers, garnering a 0.9 household rating.
That’s a little on the low side compared to past prelim specials, with the lowest ever recorded being 1 million for UFC 136 last month, while the highest stands at 2 million for UFC 126’s prelim offering back in February.
The hour long broadcast featured two live fights from the undercard in which Ryan Bader defeat Jason Brilz by knockout and Michael McDonald win by the same method against Alex Soto, both in quick and convincing fashion.
With the UFC set to move on to FOX in 2012 and Spike TV planning to welcome on-board Bellator Fighting Championships in 2013 there’s been what Dana White has called “a weird transition period” occuring which appears to have affected the recent ratings produced on the station.
Starting from January the UFC will move their prelim specials over to FX, with Fuel TV also set to air the rest of the preliminary fights live, taking over from Facebook.