UFC 174 prelims draw 784,000 viewers

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The prelim ratings for UFC 174 are up from 173, but could be a function of a better network in FX.

UFC 174 was not predicted to be a pay-per-view success. That may well prove to be the case when the final numbers come in. The lack of web traffic and the fact that normally passionate Canadian fans left in droves during the main event aren't exactly suggesting of major interest in the card.

However, the ratings for the prelims are certainly not a disappointment. Jason Floyd of The MMA Report says that the prelim broadcast--which aired on FX as opposed to the usual Fox Sports 1 treatment--drew 784,000 viewers.

The change in network could well have something to do with that number, it's hard to say for certain.

That does put the number above average for recent prelims, such a UFC 173 which saw its prelims draw 697,000 viewers, but below the bigger numbers seen for shows like UFC 170 which drew over 930,000.

It's still too early for any preliminary PPV buyrate forecasts.

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