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UFC: Silva vs. Irvin Scores in the Ratings

The ratings are in for UFC:  Silva vs. Irvin, and they're excellent:

MMAPayout.com has learned that Saturday night’s broadcast of UFC: Silva vs Irvin on Spike TV drew a 2.1 rating (3.1 million viewers). In the key demographics, the broadcast delivered a 2.8 in M18-49, a 3.2 in Men 18-34, and a 2.0 in P18-49. The event was the highest rated program on television (cable or network) on Saturday in M18-34, M18-49, M25-34, and P18-34.

The broadcast peaked at 11:30PM for Silva-Irvin which drew 3.8 million viewers and a 4.9 rating in M25-34 and a 4.1 in M18-34.

This is a significantly better number than The Ultimate Finale did, and a lot of people tuned in to see Anderson Silva wreck James Irvin.  If the fight had lasted a long time, the rating would look a lot better too.  A lot of people saw Anderson Silva live up to the hype, the question now is whether they'll pay to see him on television.

I don't think this is indicative of Affliction's number one way or another.  They were drawing from a pretty hardcore fanbase, and some of these viewers may have caught UFC on Tivo or DVR after watching Affliction.

Credit to Adam Swift for the ratings information.