Ratings Report: UFC 168 Prelims Deliver Record Viewership On FOX Sports 1

January 1, 2014 11:13 am by BJPENN.COM News

The UFC 168 PRELIMS on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday night (8:00-10:00 PM ET) averaged 1,554,000 viewers, making it the most-watched UFC PRELIMS to date on the channel. The event was up 56% over the previous mark set on Nov. 16 (998,000), and ranks as the fifth most-watched show on the network since launch.

In addition, the exciting two-hour show that featured Uriah Hall’s TKO victory over Chris Leben in the final bout, was the second most-watched UFC show to date on FOX Sports 1, only trailing UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN on August 17.

Following the conclusion of UFC 168, the UFC 168 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FOX Sports 1 delivered the most-watched POSTFIGHT show to date with 313,000 viewers, up 26% over FOX Sports 1’s first Pay-Per-View postfight show following UFC 167 that had 249,000 viewers. The one-hour show featured interviews with middleweight champion Chris Weidman and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey after both their title defenses.

Preceding the prelims was a record-setting hour of UFC programming on FOX Sports 1, as the UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER encore at 7:00 PM ET drew 225,000 viewers, making it the most watched UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER in FOX Sports 1 history. At 7:30 PM ET, the second encore of UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK, focusing on Chris Weidman’s upset of Anderson Silva at UFC 162, pulled in 412,000 viewers and is the most-watched encore of any UFC program on FOX Sports 1. The show was up 164% over its premiere run on Sunday at 9:30 PM ET (156,000 viewers) and up 145% over the first encore on Tuesday at 9:30 PM ET (168,000).

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