UFC 216 Prelim And Bellator Ratings Dip Against Baseball Playoffs
On a night where five nationally televised college football games, and the divisional round of the Major League Baseball playoffs this past Saturday night, the UFC 216 prelims did 653,000 viewers on FX.
Saturday’s rating was the lowest to date for any pay-per-view prelims on FX, and the second-lowest prelims in nearly three years on a station with close to full national cable distribution, which is all channels that carry UFC but FS2.
There have been only three prelims in UFC’s history with lower ratings on FS 1, but none since UFC 179 headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes for the featherweight title.
Saturday’s show, headlined by Cody Stamann winning a split decision over Thomas Duquesnoy, would have been the second lowest of the year, which can be an indicator for a poor pay-per-view number. UFC 216 also had the lowest gate for a Las Vegas pay-per-view in more than a decade at $677,999.50.
Stamann vs. Duquesnoy was the highest-rated fight, doing 756,000 viewers.
The most-watched sports event of the night was the Michigan State vs. Michigan football game on ABC, doing 6,508,000 viewers. ESPN, ESPN 2, FOX and FS 1 also televised college football. The Kansas State vs. Texas game on FS 1 did 1,266,000 viewers, a number that beat every UFC pay-per-view prelim show this year,.
The pre-show on FX did 324,000 viewers. The post-fight show, which aired on FS 1, did 221,000 viewers.
The weigh-ins on FS 1 on Friday night did 171,000 viewers, which is well above usual.
Bellator was also effected by the MLB playoffs and college football as Friday night’s card, which was headlined by Darrion Caldwell’s bantamweight title win over Eduardo Dantas, did 437,000 viewers.