As would be expected, after-the-event coverage of UFC 193, with Holly Holm's upset of Ronda Rousey, led to record-breaking numbers, paced by the largest audience to watch a post-fight show in Fox Sports 1 history.
The live airing of the post-fight show on FS1, which started just before 2 a.m. ET, delayed by college football, did 490,000 viewers, a new record for a rundown show after a pay-per-view event. Additional replays were strong with 157,000 viewers at 3:30 a.m., 66,000 viewers at 6 a.m. and 147,000 viewers at 8 p.m.
The prelims, headlined by Australia's Jake Matthews facing Akbarh Arreola of Mexico, drew 1,394,000 viewers, the third largest audience for pay-per-view prelims in FS1 history. What is notable is it beat the 1,322,000 viewers for the prelims of UFC 190, the show headlined by Rousey vs. Bethe Correia, even though the television competition was far tougher this past Saturday night, with four college football games and the Democratic Party Debate.
The show peaked during the Matthews vs. Arreola fight with 1,776,000 viewers.
The highest rated prelims of 2015 were for UFC 183, the Jan. 31 show headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, which did 1,546,000 viewers, but that show's prelims featured Miesha Tate, one of the company's most popular fighters and a far bigger star than the prelim headliners on Saturday. The average viewership for pay-per-view prelims on FS 1 in 2015 is 1,029,600.
The high prelim number combined with ridiculously high Google search numbers before the show started, including 5 million searches for Rousey on Friday, mostly after the weigh-in skirmish, would indicate strong interest levels and likely big pay-per-view numbers. Rousey vs. Correia on Aug. 1 was estimated at doing 911,000 buys on pay-per-view, the largest of the year and among the biggest in company history. This show would be expected to do substantially better worldwide due to predictions going in of record setting numbers in Australia, where the fight took place and was heavily marketed.
The pre-fight show did 576,000 viewers, the second largest in FS1 history for pay-per-view shows, and the largest ever in the key 18-49 demo.
The weigh-ins did 161,000 viewers on Nov. 13, which is 44 percent above the 112,000 viewer average.
Fox reported that its FoxSports.com web site on Sunday had its biggest day of the year in unique views, up 162 percent from the same weekend last year, with seven of the 10 most watched videos on the site being related to the main event.
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