This past weekend’s UFC 70 broadcast was the second most watched UFC broadcast ever following Ortiz vs. Shamroc 3: The Final Chapter. The show drew an astonishing 2.8 million viewers on average over the three hour span. Here’s an excerpt from WrestleMag.com on the ratings:
“The telecast peaked with a 4.36 rating in M 18-34 and a 2.24 household for an average of 3.5 million viewers during the 11:45 PM – Midnight quarter hour. The historic event drew more Men 18-34 than the NASCAR Subway Fresh 500 on FOX head to head in primetime, as well as first round coverage of the NBA playoffs on ESPN, and Saturday afternoon baseball on FOX featuring marquee matchups between perennial rivals the Yankees and Red Sox and the Cardinals and Cubs.”
After all the numbers were talied it was seen in 1.7 million homes. Need proof of how big the UFC has grown over the past year? This event increased over last years ratings by 651%.Â This can be contributed to 2 things. First, the UFC has grown and you simply can’t discredit this from the situation. Second and perhaps ost important to note is the quality of this event. This was essentially a PPV quality event for free on Spike TV which caused a lot more people to tune in when compared to the fight card for UFC Fight Night Events.
Even with everything taken into account these numbers are very impressive especially when coupled with the event tallies we reported yesterday.