UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Averages 872K Viewers
On a night featuring Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin facing off for the first time, as well as four college football games, UFC’s event in Pittsburgh headlined by Luke Rockhold’s second round victory over David Branch averaged 872,000 viewers.
Rockhold vs. Branch received 1,118,000 viewers on Saturday night. The Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight and its controversial ending acted as the lead in for the fight which started a little after 12:30am eastern. .
The show was up six percent from last year’s show headlined by Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnson on the similar third Saturday of September. That show also had Canelo Alvarez in action, but in a less hyped fight against Liam Smith.
Of the 10 prime events on FS1, the Pittsburgh event ranekd sixth, and featured the best number for a fight since June 11th when Mark Hunt fought Derrick Lewis in front of 923.000 viewers.
UFC Pittsburgh also averaged 8,375 viewers per minute via Fox Sports Go streaming.
The biggest television sports head-to-heads were a Texas vs. USC game on FOX that did 4,912,000 viewers, and a Clemson vs. Louisville game on ABC did 5,064,000 viewers.
The prelims, headlined by Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s decision win over Tony Martin, averaged 653,000 viewers, putting it in sixth place for the year out of eight FS1 Fight Night prelims that aired in prime time.
The pre-fight show averaged 224,000 viewers and the post-fight show did 361,000 viewers.
Original Story From Dave Meltzer.