UFC 238 Prelims Does Best Broadcast Numbers In Three Months

UFC 238 took place this past weekend (Sat. June 8, 2019) from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to the pay-per-view (PPV) portion, several bouts took place on the preliminary card, which aired on ESPN. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reports that the broadcast did the Las Vegas-based promotion’s best numbers in three months with […]

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UFC 238 took place this past weekend (Sat. June 8, 2019) from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to the pay-per-view (PPV) portion, several bouts took place on the preliminary card, which aired on ESPN. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reports that the broadcast did the Las Vegas-based promotion’s best numbers in three months with 964,000 viewers. The show peaked at 1.2 million viewers during the featured preliminary bout, featuring strawweights Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff.

The preliminary card was also the highest-rated sports show in the 18-34 male demographic. It beat out MLB baseball on FOX, the Belmont Stakes on NBC, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, all three of those broadcasts drew bigger overall ratings. MLB pulled in 2,560,000 viewers, the Belmont did 4,909,000, and the World Cup hauled in 1,209,000.

Coming in at third overall Saturday night in the 18-49 demographic, as well as third in the male 18-49, and tied for first in the male 12-34 demographic was the UFC 238 prelims. 75 percent of the program’s viewers were male. UFC 238 was also the number one searched item on Google that day, with more than one million searches. The show saw a 47 percent increase in viewers for last June’s PPV prelims, which was the UFC 225 PPV headlined by Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero.

As for the strongest major markets, the UFC pulled in a 0.8 rating in Dallas and an 0.7 in Philadelphia. The weakest major markets were Houston with an 0.2 and Chicago with an 0.3. The prelims also beat out Top Rank boxing, which aired on ESPN shortly after. The show was headlined by a WBO featherweight title bout between Oscar Valdez and Jason Sanchez, which did 799,000 viewers.

The last time the UFC did better numbers was for the UFC 235 PPV prelims in March. Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight title fight headlined the show. The preliminary card for that event did 1.48 million viewers.

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UFC 238 Prelims Draw Biggest Ratings In Months

It’s no secret that the UFC prelims have been struggling to find ratings success on television in recent months. The prelim ratings for the company’s two most recent pay-per-view (PPV) events – UFC 236 in April and UFC 237 in May &#82…

It’s no secret that the UFC prelims have been struggling to find ratings success on television in recent months. The prelim ratings for the company’s two most recent pay-per-view (PPV) events – UFC 236 in April and UFC 237 in May – both brought in diminishing returns. However, according to a report from MMA Fighting’s […]

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Tatiana Suarez Reacts to Andrade/Zhang Report

It was reported Tuesday that Jessica Andrade is close to finalizing her first title defense, slated to be against Weili Zhang at UFC on ESPN+ 15 in Shenzhen, China. That leaves Tatiana Suarez, whom many considered to be a shoo-in for Andrade’s first ti…

It was reported Tuesday that Jessica Andrade is close to finalizing her first title defense, slated to be against Weili Zhang at UFC on ESPN+ 15 in Shenzhen, China. That leaves Tatiana Suarez, whom many considered to be a shoo-in for Andrade’s first title defense, as the odd woman out. Suarez defeated #3-ranked Nina Ansaroff […]

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Top 7 Takeaways From UFC 238

So much happened at UFC 238 that deserves to be talked about in further detail. Below are the top seven takeaways from one of the best events of the year. Henry Cejudo Might Be The Top P4P Fighter In MMA The main event of UFC 238 saw Henry Cejudo becom…

So much happened at UFC 238 that deserves to be talked about in further detail. Below are the top seven takeaways from one of the best events of the year. Henry Cejudo Might Be The Top P4P Fighter In MMA The main event of UFC 238 saw Henry Cejudo become a rare double champion with […]

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Tatiana Suarez Finds Status as Huge Favorite Meaningless

Tatiana Suarez was at one point a 13-1 favorite over her opponent in tonight’s UFC 238 pay per view, Nina Ansaroff. She has since shrunk to a 6.5-1 favorite according to some betting sites, and yet despite her gap as a favorite being cut in half, she r…

Tatiana Suarez was at one point a 13-1 favorite over her opponent in tonight’s UFC 238 pay per view, Nina Ansaroff. She has since shrunk to a 6.5-1 favorite according to some betting sites, and yet despite her gap as a favorite being cut in half, she remains a monster favorite against the #3 contender […]

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After Cancer and a Lost Olympic Dream, Tatiana Suarez Takes Aim at UFC Glory

Maybe the quarantine carried a silver lining. Solitude, after all, forces you to listen to yourself. When the solitude is medically prescribed, you can’t run from it—quite literally…

Maybe the quarantine carried a silver lining. Solitude, after all, forces you to listen to yourself. When the solitude is medically prescribed, you can’t run from it—quite literally…