The overnight ratings for the nineteenth installment of UFC on FOX are in and there's both reason to cheer as well as frown. According to TV By The Numbers, Saturday's event from Tampa, Florida, averaged 2.13 million viewers and earned a 0.8 rating among adults 18 to 49.
Those overnight numbers are down considerably from UFC on FOX 18's 2.43 million, but are identical in rating for adults.
For clarification, overnights measure the 8-10 p.m. time slot in the Eastern time zone, and its corresponding 7-9 p.m. in Central time zone and 6-8 p.m. in the Mountain time zone. However, it also measures 8-10 p.m. in the Pacific time zone, and as a live sports event, the show aired starting at 5 p.m. on the west coast. This rating measures whatever programming the local FOX stations were airing from 8-10 p.m. and not the UFC.
The final numbers, which would be for the entire show nationwide, will be out on Monday or Tuesday. It's not clear how much the ratings will jump considering the main event ended just after 10 p.m. ET, but some rise is expected.
Despite the decline in viewers event over event, the rating among adults was enough for UFC on FOX 19 to claim the top spot of Saturday night programming among networks in terms of capturing that coveted adult demo.
However, these numbers are down from last April's UFC on FOX 15, which earned 2.745 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in adults 18 to 49 in overnight ratings. These overnight numbers are good enough to beat some of the more lower-rated events in UFC on FOX's history including UFC on FOX 8, UFC on FOX 11 and UFC on FOX 12. The card, however, was badly affected by injuries and other fight cancellations.