ESPN debut averaged 1.956 million viewers.

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  1. FrankieNYC

    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    The prelims for Saturday night's UFC on ESPN+ debut show from Brooklyn, which aired on ESPN and were headlined by Donald Cerrone's second round TKO win over Alexander Hernandez, averaged 1.956 million viewers.


    That number is higher than any Fight Night prelims show or pay-per-view prelims during the FOX/FS1 era. It's the highest prelims audience total since the prelims for UFC 126 in February 2011 did two million viewers on Spike TV.


    The UFC 126 prelims were also headlined by Cerrone, who defeated Paul Kelly.


    In fact, only two main cards on FS1 beat this number, with Conor McGregor's January 2015 fight with Dennis Siver at 2.751 million viewers and TJ Dillashaw's January 2016 fight with Dominick Cruz doing 2.288 million.


    The show did have a strong lead-in with the Virginia/Duke NCAA basketball game that immediately preceded it doing an average of 3.764 million viewers.
     
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    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    Good start & already beat the FS1 era
    But the Duke game (as stated) was a great lead-in
     
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    ESPN knows how to merchandise a sport for real
     
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    Strong promotion with a solid main event. Not surprising that it did well
     
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    Lets see how it does when people arent able to use the free trial lol. Im guessing it will be 1/3 of that or less. It will be even lower when the rest realize the fucked up stream is the quality they put out all the time.
     
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    Should I say something or you gonna keep talking to yourself?

    It was a free trial, let's see those numbers next time around.

    <NoneOfMy>
     
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    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    Pssst ...


    Free trials have nothing to do with ESPN ratings
     
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    if 500K subbed, 200K will actually pay 5 bucks every month after free trial is over
     
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    There was already a thread on this.
     
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    What does an MLS game usually draw...

    Need to know if we're neck and neck with soccer yet.
     
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    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    Read the post above you
     
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    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    You are welcome
    Amazing that some are in such a rush to post that they don't read
    Thankfully you do
     
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    you do realize you couldnt watch it without a subscribing..you realize that people got a free 7 day trial to watch? how does it not have anything to do with the ratings?
     
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    Mr.Maelstrom Paegan Terrorism Tactics '96 you tricks

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    I'm actually FOR UFC/ESPN deal going over big with fans and new fans alike.

    I'm a weirdo like that
     
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    Its only gonna go down hill from here, how many championship fights are they gonna have on espn. Though they would probably make woodley or flyweights champs main event some more espn cards in the future lol.
     
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    Pssst ...

    You are wrong AGAIN
     
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  18. Hardcore MMA

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    No, the prelims were on ESPN, a channel a lot of households have since ESPN is part of all cable and streaming packages. The main card was on ESPN+, which is the new streaming app you have to subscribe to separately. This post is just about the ratings for the prelims on regular ESPN. It has nothing to do with ESPN+ and the main card.
     
  19. FrankieNYC

    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    I'm an MMA fan
    I hope all MMA does well

    But I was referring to those that have no idea that ESPN ratings have nothing to do with the ESPN+ free trial ;)
     
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    thanks for clearing that up. that is good news for them.
     
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