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'UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit' pulls above average numbers for debut

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

'UFC Primetime', the first of a three-part series counting down the training of Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit before their Nov. 17 fight at UFC 154 in Montreal, did 629,000 viewers on FX.

The show aired directly after the highest-rated Ultimate Fighter episode of the season.

The number is above the average for the series, which since moving to FX, has averaged between 540,000 and 560,000 viewers for shows building up Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, Nick Diaz vs. Condit and Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez.

The first episode of these shows is often the highest-rated. The slight increase over the average is likely due to the higher-rated than usual lead-in show.

The show will continue with episodes on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 at 11 p.m. Eastern.

The numbers on FX have been significantly lower than the preview shows had done on Spike, which ranged from a low of 610,000 for St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields in 2011, to a high of 1.2 million for Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans in 2010.