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UFC on FOX peaks with 8.8 million viewers for Velasquez-Dos Santos title fight

MMA has a new most-watched fight in U.S. television history.

This past weekend's UFC on FOX headliner between Cain Velasquez and new champ Junior Dos Santos peaked with a solid 8.8 million viewers on the FOX network, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources.

Within three minutes of the bout's conclusion, the audience dwindled to 5.9 million viewers. Overall, the event averaged 5.7 million viewers.

UFC on FOX took place this past Saturday, Nov. 12, at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. While the UFC's landmark seven-year deal with FOX doesn't begin officially until 2012, the Nov. 12 event served as a "teaser" show. Only the main event aired on the one-hour FOX broadcast, and the entire undercard streamed on Facebook and FOXSports.com.

Initial estimates put the average UFC on FOX audience at 4.64 million viewers and then 5.7 million viewers. The 5.7 average audience help up in the final ratings.

The title fight's quick conclusion (Dos Santos knocked out Velasquez in just 64 seconds) obviously affected the overall average.

The event also scored a 4.0 household rating among men 18-49 and 4.3 among men 18-34.

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 amazing number
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that's a hell of a lot different than 4.6 million....
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 Ok, impressive after all.
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whats in the bottle?
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bakalol - whats in the bottle?

 either pee-pee, or tea-tea
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 good for UFC, good for mma


gonna be kind of hard to hate on those numbers
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bakalol - whats in the bottle?

 SmartPiss its a new product out of the Machida dojo...
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Bob Arum just shit himself. And it has nothing to do with this article.
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 poor Bob wanted those numbers to be MUCH lower than that...
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 welcome to mainstream...  if that fight would have lasted more than 2 rounds the numbers would have been crazy.
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Darth Ryase - Bob Arum just shit himself. And it has nothing to do with this article.


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MMALOGIC -  welcome to mainstream...  if that fight would have lasted more than 2 rounds the numbers would have been crazy.

 I agree, the "viewers calling their buddies" factor must be considered...
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Cyril Jeff -  amazing number
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Like JDS said "I'm famous" :-) Phone Post
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Major Fail by UFC / FOX . Phone Post
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Guida vs Hendo being on the UFC on FOX broadcast would have help build up that number even more.
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 zuffa was planning to do cowboys stadium in the spring if Cain/Brock won their fights... i dont know if Brock vs JDS will cut it... maybe.
 
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Looks good!
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CAINtheBULL - Guida vs Hendo being on the UFC on FOX broadcast would have help build up that number even more.

 no kidding, can you imagine?
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MMALOGIC -  zuffa was planning to do cowboys stadium in the spring if Cain/Brock won their fights... i dont know if Brock vs JDS will cut it... maybe.
 

 I would bet it depends on how he or the Reem look in their fight, wouldn't you say?

hypothetically of course, if either the Frate Train of Pain, or THE REEM, comes out and demolishes the other, then it would make sense, if it's a Verdoom v Reem, or a Brock v Herring, then I doubt it...
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very nice
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That's certainly a strong first effort for UFC. Interestingly, they may have sacrificed an opportunity to inflate the peak rating by opting to show a replay so quickly after the finish. You might recall that the Fedor vs. Rogers fight peaked at 5.5m viewers, but the actual broadcast peaked at 6 million during the replays of the KO after they returned from a break.
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it was actually 100000000

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