UFC 217 Prelims & Bellator 185 Ratings
Per figures released by ShowBuzz Daily,The preliminary card for UFC 217 attracted an audience of 1.276 million to Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, the best audience for a preliminary card on FS1 in 2017.
Even though the preliminary bouts began on FS2 due to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State game concluding on FS1, the prelims earned a 0.54 share in the 18-49 demo.
The UFC 217 prelims were topped by a lightweight duel between James Vick and Joseph Duffy, which Vick won via technical knockout in the second round. The bouts served as a lead-in to one of the year’s most anticipated pay-per-view offerings, which was headlined by a middleweight clash between Georges St. Pierre and Michael Bisping.
The night prior on Spike, Bellator 186 drew 508,000 viewers for an 0.18 share in the 18-to-49 demographic. Bellator 186 took place on the Penn State University campus and saw Ryan Bader retain his light heavyweight crown with a stoppage of Linton Vassell in the evening’s main event.
The card exceeded their last outing, as Bellator 185 – topped by Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko – averaged 476,000 viewers on Spike, the organization’s third-lowest rating for an event this year.