The final viewing figures for Saturday night’s ‘UFC On FOX 1’ event are in and show that while the average number of viewers who tuned in for the hour long show remains at 5.7 million, the broadcast peaked at a whopping 8.8 million viewers during the only bout, a title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
That means that the event is now by far and away the most watched show ever in North America, eclipsing the previous record set by Elite XC: Primetime on CBS in 2008 which was witnessed by an average of 4.3 million viewers, peaking at 6.5 million.
It’s just unfortunate that the event ended after 64 seconds as the viewers quickly dipped back down to 5.9 million after that. If it had gone on longer then the numbers would likely have driven up even higher, and the mind boggles at what they could have achieved if they had put on a longer show with more fights, such as the excellent Ben Henderson Vs Clay Guida fight which served as the main event yet was only aired live on Facebook.
Nevertheless, it should be kept in mind that this was just a “teaser” event, giving viewers a taste of what’s to come in 2012 when the UFC’s new seven year deal with FOX gets underway.
It also appears that both the UFC and FOX are quickly learning from their first show and according to commentator Mike Goldberg they are already planning to extend their next outing on the network to 2.5 hours with several fights being lined up rather than focusing on just one.