When the UFC switched over from Spike to FX as their central free programming partner at the top of the year, plenty of us wondered how quickly the UFC's audience from Spike would carry over to FX, if at all.
But the results have been positive. Initially there was a rather marked decrease from ratings of comparable shows on Spike, but as the schedule has progressed, it appears that the UFC is quickly re-establishing itself on FX. After the jump are the average ratings for the five free shows that have aired on FX so far, including three Prelim Specials and two Fight Nights.
UFC Fight Night on FX
- Guillard vs Miller - 1.3 million
- Alves vs Kampmann - 1.4 million
Granted, these are only a handful of events, but the ratings aren't going down, and that's a good thing. The UFC seems to be off to a great start on FX. With 'The Ultimate Fighter Live' beginning this Friday, one has to assume that the increasing interest on the UFC's new cable partner will only help the show's ratings. The first season of The Ultimate Fighter helped launch a faithful fanbase on Spike back in 2005, perhaps the first season on FX can pull of a similar feat.