The overnight ratings are in for ‘UFC On FOX 10’ and show that an average of 2.55 million viewers tuned in to the event.
A 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 was enough for ‘UFC On FOX 10’ to win FOX the night, though CBS did have more viewers.
The audience for last night’s show was up by 140,000 viewers compared with ‘UFC On FOX 9’s’ overnight ratings, though it falls some way short when directly compared to the UFC’s last two January outings on the network, with ‘UFC On FOX 2: Evans Vs Davis’ in 2011 having pulled in 4.57 million viewers, while ‘UFC On FOX 6: Johnson Vs Dodson’ did 3.77 million viewers. Both those events also posted significantly higher ratings among adults 18-49.
As always it should be stressed that this is just the overnight numbers and are likely to rise slightly when the final numbers come out early next week.
Last night’s ratings aren’t particularly surprising as this was one of the weakest ‘UFC On FOX’ cards to date. To be fair, Henderson has comfortably pulled over 3 million viewers on two separate occasions on FOX, but that was back when he was still the lightweight champion, and title fights always attract more interest.
On this occasion however, he was coming off a title defeat though and was being backed up by a relatively weak co-main event in terms of star power between Gabriel Gonzaga and Stipe Miocic. Elsewhere, having Donald Cerrone on the main card is always a good idea given his propensity for high-octane excitement in the Octagon, but nobody was crying out for him to fight the still up-and-coming Adriano Martins, and Jeremy Stephens Vs Darren Elkins was never going to move the needle as a main card opener.
The UFC’s next event on ‘big’ FOX takes place in April and sees Travis Browne take on Fabricio Werdum for a shot at the heavyweight title, while former No.1 woman’s bantamweight contender’s Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche are also slated the for the show.