UFC Back Over 1 Million Viewers On ESPN
After falling under one million average viewers for their second outing on ESPN, the UFC would see a huge increase for their third offering on June 29th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The event, headlined by Francis Ngannou’s first-round knockout of Junior dos Santos, would average 1,091,999 viewers, making it the highest ranked show in key demos for the evening across cable television.
The peak audience would come during the aforementioned main event, with 1,247,000 ivewers.
The show would be second of the day behind a game in the Women’s World Cup, but winning the day in the Adult and Male 18-49 and 18-34 demos.
On-top of that, it would be the second most watched sporting event of the day, trailing an MLB game on FOx with 2,173,000 viewers.
Per MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer the 25 to 49 was the highest viewership group, averaging a 0.49 rating.
This marked Ngannou’s second headlining fight on ESPN, falling short of his February 17th win over Cain Velasquez (1.463 million), but fairing better than March’s card headlined by Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza (828 K viewers).
Report: MMA Fighting