I was worried, with the previous few shows getting low ratings, that UFC 168 would suffer from UFC fatigue and do low numbers despite the card being unbelievable. Luckily, record amounts of viewers tuned in to watch Uriah Hall, Chris Leben and many other fighters during the UFC 168 prelims. This means, of course, the PPV itself should’ve done great numbers. Possibly over a million?
Fox Sports was obviously pleased by these numbers, and prepared a statement:
The UFC 168 PRELIMS on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday night (8:00-10:00 PM ET) averaged 1,554,000 viewers, making it the most-watched UFC PRELIMS to date on the channel. The event was up 56% over the previous mark set on Nov. 16 (998,000), and ranks as the fifth most-watched show on the network since launch.
In addition, the exciting two-hour show that featured Uriah Hall’s TKO victory over Chris Leben in the final bout, was the second most-watched UFC show to date on FOX Sports 1, only trailing UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN on August 17.
The post fight also kicked ass ratings-wise:
“Following the conclusion of UFC 168, the UFC 168 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FOX Sports 1 delivered the most-watched POSTFIGHT show to date with 313,000 viewers, up 26% over FOX Sports 1’s first Pay-Per-View postfight show following UFC 167 that had 249,000 viewers. The one-hour show featured interviews with middleweight champion Chris Weidman and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey after both their title defenses.”