UFC 184’s preliminary coverage was watched by an average of 1,205,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 this past Saturday night.
While that’s down a few hundred thousand viewers from the 1,546,000 viewers who tuned in to UFC 183 at the tail end of January, it’s still a cause for celebration as it’s now the third most watched UFC event ever on FS1.
The prelims peaked with an audience of 1,453,000 viewers during the ‘Kid’ Yamamoto Vs Roman Salazar fight. It would probably have gone even higher for the undercard’s ‘main event’ between Mark Munoz and Roan Carneiro if it hadn’t ended so abruptly which led to the final half hour of the show featuring mainly in-studio analysis.
There’s no doubt that it was the pay-per-view portion of the show’s headliner Ronda Rousey that was really drawing so many viewers to the prelims though, and that’s reflected in the fact that the UFC 184 weigh-ins a day earlier were watched by 222,000 viewers – the second largest audience for a weigh-in on FS1 ever.
So, despite the UFC’s PED woes, they are still enjoying a terrific run on the TV ratings front with most of their televised offerings on Fox Sports 1 since the turn of the year sailing past the one million viewer mark.