Spike Releases UFN Numbers; Near Deal to Televise UFC 89 in October


Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a press release sent out to the media today, Spike TV announced that this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 14 event, which featured the light heavyweight debut of current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, averaged a 2.1 household rating - a great success for an event put together on such short notice.

From the release:

The telecast peaked at 11:30pm for the Silva vs. James Irvin bout drawing 3.8 million viewers and a staggering 4.9 rating for Men 25-34 and a 4.1 rating in Men 18-34. The UFC fight card also drew more viewers than FOX’s coverage of MLB (3,072,000) earlier in the day. Overall, the three-hour live UFC event averaged a 2.1 household rating, a 2.8 with Men 18-49, a 3.2 with Men 18-34, a 2.0 with P18-49 and 3.1 million total viewers.

The event now ranks as the third highest live UFC event ever broadcasted on the network. Only the third fight between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz and UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion, which featured a light heavyweight unification bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dan Henderson have scored higher ratings.

Other potential Spike-related news involves the network being reportedly close to finalizing a deal that would air UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben on October 18th, just one week before the UFC’s planned Chicago show on October 25th.

While a rumored middleweight title bout between Silva and Patrick Cote has previously been expected to be take place at UFC 88: Breakthrough in September, MMA Junkie indicates that the bout may now move into UFC 89’s main event slot, likely due to the success both sides experienced with Silva headlining this past weekend.

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