SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Ian McCall of the USA looks on during the UFC On FX flyweight bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Since the move to Fox-branded stations, UFC programming isn't drawing as well as it did on Spike but is continuing to grow. UFC on FX 2, which aired live last Friday night from Sydney, Australia and featured a main event of Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann along with the semi-finals of the flyweight tournament, drew more average viewers than UFC on FX 1 did. The prelims on Fuel didn't draw quite as well as the first show, however. MMA Weekly has the info:
The UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann main card on FX drew an audience of 1.4 million viewers, with the preliminary bouts on Fuel TV pulling in 113,000.
The ratings on FX mark a slight uptick from UFC on FX 1, featuring Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard, which drew 1.3 million viewers. The Fuel TV prelims for UFC on FX 1, however, did a bit better, nabbing an audience of 148,000.
In addition to those two shows, the first UFC on Fuel show drew an average of 217,000 viewers, which was a record for the network. It's tough to draw any conclusions from just a few shows but, despite being counterprogrammed by Spike, they seem to be doing okay so far.