Though the UFC On Fox 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos seemed to fall short of peoples' expectations at first - at least in regards to ratings - there's been some more info since the news yesterday that the show averaged 4.6 million viewers during the one-hour broadcast. Most folks were disappointed that a legitimate fight between two of MMA's best in Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos couldn't out-perform a freakshow fight from 2008 when Kimbo Slice took on James Thompson on CBS.
That being said, some new numbers have given hope to the show (not that it's short on hope, as most are of the opinion that it was a great way to get started and a huge step in the right direction for the UFC) in regards to ratings, as that figure has been adjusted to an average of 5.7 million viewers. That figure was provided by Fox Sports, and would indicate the most-watched UFC event ever, and according to Fox, the most-watched professional fight of any kind on any network since 2003, when seven million watched Lewis-Kitschko on HBO.
Still, there's no word on the peak viewers for the show, and that's one of the most important bits. UFC on Fox 1 actually surpassed 2008's event with Slice in average viewers, by 16 percent with the 5.7 million against that event's 4.9 million. Also according to Fox, the UFC's event beat out the EliteXC event in household rating, with a 3.1 to 3.0. Lastly, the UFC event beat the Slice event in male demographics age 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
Unfortunately, we still don't know if the UFC peaked beyond the EliteXC event, which reportedly topped out at 6.51 million viewers, the MMA record. It's hard to gauge whether or not it will end up peaking higher, considering the fact that the UFC bout only lasted 64 seconds, limiting the potential numbers from channel surfers and people hoping to catch just the fight and not the actual broadcast.