The incomparable, illustrious, Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com has, once again, brought forth his infinite wisdom on UFC television ratings.
Here’s his report for Saturday’s Prelims on Fox Sports 1:
Bucking monstrous sports competition, the UFC 179 prelims did 536,000 viewers, the second-lowest audience for that type of show for prelims since the move to Fox Sports 1.
The two-hour show was without a marquee star on the undercard with William “Patolino” Macario vs Neil Magny as the main event. But the difference was more the competition with a World Series game and two major college football games going head-to-head. It fell from the 698,000 on the Sept. 27 show which had Dominick Cruz’s return, but was up from the record-low 436,000 for the prelims before UFC 177.
The big competition was the World Series, which did 10.7 million viewers on FOX. ESPN was broadcasting No. 3 ranked Ole Miss vs. No. 24 ranked Louisiana State in college football, which did 4.9 million viewers, and ESPN 2 aired No. 4 ranked Alabama vs. Tennessee which did 2.6 million viewers.