UFC On FOX 31, the last ever in the long-running series, delivered an average of 1,828,000 viewers on Saturday night.
That’s almost dead-on the average for the series for 2018 as a whole, which stands at 1,867,000 viewers, while the event peaked with 2,402,000 viewers during the main event between Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee.
The broadcast won it’s 8-10pm timeslot in every overall demographic under the age of 50 as well as every male demo for the same age bracket, while it even tied with NBC for women 18-49 as well.
Overall the show was 2nd on the night for the 18-49 demographic, with only an NFL game on the NFL Network drawing more viewers.
However, the prelims for the event faired poorly, with only an average of 256,000 viewers tuning into FOX Sports 1 for that portion of the card, which was topped by Zak Ottow Vs Dwight Grant, making it the least watched preliminary card leading into a UFC On FOX event ever in the series.
None of this is too suprising as on paper this card never looked like being one that was going to draw in big numbers, featuring a number of interesting fights on the main FOX broadcast, but without the kind of star power that was going to attract a wider audeince.
Now the UFC will pack up it’s bags and move on to ESPN in 2019 and it will be interesting to see how the numbers compare when they make their debut on the network in January.