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.