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Ratings Report: UFC Vegas 25 still lands in top-10 despite move to ESPN2; PFL drops in return to Thursday night

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UFC Fight Night: Reyes v Prochazka Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC Vegas 25 still managed to produce solid ratings for the promotion while airing on ESPN2 this past Saturday night.

According to the Nielsen Ratings System, the card headlined by Jiri Prochazka vs. Dominick Reyes averaged 538,000 viewers over the broadcast that kicked off at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. With a .17 rating in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic, UFC Vegas 25 ended the night as the No. 10 rated program across all of cable.

ESPN dominating the ratings overall with all of the top-10 programs taking place on Saturday including a pair of NBA regular season games as well as coverage of the NFL Draft.

The prelims for UFC Vegas 25 averaged 497,000 viewers after kicking off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 this past Saturday night as well. That was good enough to land at No. 20 overall for cable ratings.

While the average of 538,000 viewers is down from the previous show the UFC had on ESPN2 — UFC Vegas 16, which earned 658,000 average viewers — this still has to be seen as a win overall for the promotion by landing in the top-10 ratings for the night.

The next major card for the promotion, UFC Vegas 26, will air on ESPN this Saturday night with the main card kicking off at 8 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, the PFL suffered a loss in overall ratings after moving to Thursday night this past week with a card headlined by Rory MacDonald’s return against Curtis Millender.

The PFL 2 card earned 136,000 average viewers with the broadcast starting at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Those numbers are down from the PFL 1 card, which aired on a Friday night, with that event earning 156,000 average viewers on ESPN2.

The next PFL card featuring the debut of former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum as well as two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison will take place on Thursday night with the main card actually airing on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Finally, ONE Championship closed out its four-week run on TNT with 219,000 average viewers for a card headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Aung La N Sang and Reinier de Ridder. ONE on TNT 4 started at 10 p.m. ET, which landed the show at No. 108 for the night on Wednesday.