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UFC “Fight Night” on Fox Has Lowest Ratings Ever

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Fox has the least number of viewers for the four major television networks for Saturday night, Fight Night. Although it was by most accounts a pretty strong night for UFC. The television ratings continue to plummet as based on the overnight ratings, the Fight Night drew in approximately 1.64 million viewers, the lowest ever for the series, according to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting. The previous low was for the last show in April on FOX 24, which saw a viewers’ rating of 1.74 million on the overnights.

History Of Summer Ratings

The July shows has traditionally been the most difficult to attract big numbers, with the exception of 2016, which was the most successful summer television show in the history of the UFC, with a total viewing audience of 2.44 million for the headliner between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko.

As noted by Meltzer, the overnight rating does not include major West Coast markets like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and Sacramento, which are supposedly very strong for UFC. The ratings measured what the local FOX stations aired from 8-10 p.m. rather than the UFC, which as a live sports event started at 5 p.m. local time, also the rating was also greatly affected by the main event starting after 10 p.m.

That means the Weidman versus Gastelum match – apparently the most-watched segment – was not factored into the East Coast ratings at all. Still, the number came on a night without any paramount sports competition, or huge television competition. The UFC ended up being the highest rated show on television in prime time in the 18-49 demographic on FOX 25, as well as all key men’s demographics.

It surprisingly won its time slot among the four major network in women’s 18-49. During head-to-head competition, only ABC, which had much stronger viewership in ages 50+, beat the UFC show when it came to all television.

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