Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 24 event on Spike TV pulled in an average of 2.2 million viewers according to figures released today.
In addition the show also aced it’s key demographics, being the most watched program on Saturday night for both 18-34 and 18-49 year old men.
Interestingly the event didn’t peak during the main event between Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but rather during the co-main event between Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy which was watched by an audience of 2.4 million.
That makes sense as many people pre-fight had the Johnson Vs Hardy fight ear-marked as a potential stand-up war. Johnson clearly didn’t get the memo though and instead smothered his opponent on the ground for three rounds, bringing widespread boos from those in attendance in Seattle.
Overall the ratings are the highest the UFC has produced on Spike TV for a ‘Fight Night’ show since UFC Fight Night 19 back in September of 2009 which saw Nick Diaz taking on Melvin Guillard.