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The FX preliminary card ratings are in for UFC 154, and they're slightly down from UFC 153 at 980,000 viewers, marking yet another failure to reach a million in recent PPVs.
The ratings are in for the preliminary card special for UFC 154, and like The Ultimate Fighter, this can't hit a million viewers, either. However, it does come relatively close, averaging 980,000 viewers for FX-televised broadcast. Via MMA Junkie:
Ratings for FX's broadcast of this past weekend's UFC 154 preliminary card fell just short of the 1-million-viewer mark..
FX's two-hour broadcast , which featured four live preliminary-card fights, averaged 980,000 viewers. That's down from the 1 million who tuned in for the two-hour prelims show for UFC 153 in October.
That's the 5th time in 12 PPVs that the FX broadcast did not reach a million viewers (6 if you count UFC 151, which did a paltry 0 viewers). It joins the likes of UFC 152, 150, 147, and 142, with the latter 3 all failing to hit even 250,000 PPV buys. The best-rated FX shows (UFC 145 and 148) are the two best selling PPVs of the year. One can definitely assume that the sport's biggest draw in Georges St. Pierre is popular enough that the ratings of the FX card is nothing to gauge off of.
In total, five fights were broadcast, headlined by Alessio Sakara's back-of-the-head punching DQ loss against Patrick Cote. Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov (which aired first on Facebook) was shown on delay, which is pretty much the reason why I used the above photo.
There's only one PPV left in 2012 and that's UFC 155 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Important to note this is the last time the UFC broadcasts a prelim special directly opposite college football, where the 8 PM ET slot is coveted as the marquee hour for ABC and ESPN.