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UFC Fight Night does 689,000 viewers

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Benson Henderson had proven to be a reliable drawing card for UFC on both FOX, and most recently, FS 1. But just as his success in the lightweight ranks ran into a brick wall like fist of Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday night, so did his main event drawing power.

Saturday's FS 1 show averaged 689,000 viewers, the third-lowest for a Saturday night Fight Night to date on the station. What made the number more surprising was when Henderson scored one of his most impressive wins of his career, when he dominated Rustam Khabliov on June 7 on  FS 1, that  show drew 1,217,000 viewers on average for the show, and peaked at 1.56 million viewers for the main event. It was the third-best number of the 11 FS 1 Fight Night shows to date,

On Saturday, not only was the audience much lower, but they didn't stick with the show until its conclusion, nor even peak for Henderson vs. dos Anjos. The show's high point of 962,000 viewers came during the Max Holloway vs. Clay Collard fight, which aired just after 11 p.m.

The show did beat the Aug. 16 show headlined by Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux in Males 18-34 and 18-49, but was down six percent from that show's overall 735,000 average for the main card broadcast.

The prelims on FS 2 averaged 113,000 viewers. The second hour of the prelims was simulcast on FS 1 due to a rain delay during the originally scheduled Major League Baseball game, so the unscheduled second hour did an additional 97,000 viewers.

All U.S. ratings are courtesy of Neilsen.

There was a huge positive this week on the UFC ratings front, which was the debut of the TUF Latin American series on Televisa Ch. 5 in Mexico.

The show's first episode, on Aug. 20, peaked at 7.2 million viewers. The overall average audience for the show, coached by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and next contender Fabricio Werdum, is not available, but the show grew strongly from start-to-finish. It was the highest-rated show in Mexico during the time slot, both overall and in the key 19-44 demo. The total population of Mexico is approximately 123 million.

TUF Latin America airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in Mexico, and the show airs between Friday and Sunday in 12 other Latin American countries. It debuts in the U.S. on Monday nights on Fox Deportes, and is available on Fight Pass on Tuesday nights.

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