According to the recently released Nielson ratings UFC on Fox 1 peaked at 8.8 million viewers. That number beat out Elite XC’s previous MMA record of 6.5 million viewers when Kimbo Slice defeated James Thompson on CBS.
Predictably, the numbers peaked the highest during the short fight’s 62-second duration. The numbers drastically dropped following the end of the fight, though they remained higher than the pre-fight numbers which dropped to 4.4 million.
The peak, as well as the earlier reported average, marked the most-watched UFC event in history. The UFC has already looked to capitalize on the successful network debut by including the network deal in their recent lawsuit filed against the state of New York.