After a disappointing showing with the first episode of Primetime: Jones vs. Evans, viewership increased with the second episode that debuted last week on FX. The second of three episodes scheduled for the championship fight for UFC 145 on Saturday averaged 573,000 viewers, which was a significant increase from the 462,000 viewers the first episode garnered.
The episode premiered on FX last Friday, following a new episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live. The finale is expected to air this Friday in the same time slot, 11 PM EST.
Since moving over to FX, Primetime has seen its numbers fall. After the first five editions aired on Spike TV, the UFC brought the fan-favorite series to Fox for its first fight on the network giant with Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. That one-episode special brought in the biggest audience the series has ever seen, with 2 million viewers.
Other editions of the series include:
- Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos (UFC on FOX 1)-Fox: 2 million viewers
- Primetime: Jackson vs. Evans (UFC 114)-Spike TV: 1.2 million
- Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hardy (UFC 111)-Spike TV: 1 million
- Primetime: Lesnar vs. Velasquez (UFC 121)-Spike TV: 974,000
- Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 (UFC 94)-Spike TV: 880,000
- Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Shields (UFC 129)-Spike TV: 610,000
- Primetime: Diaz vs. Condit (UFC 143)-FX: 540,000
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