The ratings for UFC 75 on Spike TV from this past Saturday, and they’re pretty damn good.
According to Spike TV, the show drew a 3.1 overall (3 million total homes) rating for a staggering 4.7 million viewers (I think the are factoring in multiple people watching at individual homes). The telecast peaked at 5.6 million viewers during the main event featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dan Henderson in a UFC vs. PRIDE 205 lbs. unification title match.
Looking at the breakdown of demographics, the show drew a 5.7 (1.6 million homes) when it came to males between the ages of 18-34; for males 18-49 it drew a 4.5 (2.5 million); and a whopping 6.2 (1 million) for males 25-34.
If the UFC can’t bolster its sponsor roster with ratings like that, I’m not sure what else they need to do. UFC 75 was the most watched mixed martial arts event in North American history.
The show did very well in the key male demos against its competition. In the male 18-49 demo is outdrew Oregon vs. Michigan on ABC, NASCAR on ABC, Virginia Tech vs. LSU on ESPN, and Penn St. vs. Notre Dame on ESPN.
For males 18-34, it outdrew all those events with the lone exception being NASCAR.
Hey, here’s a random thought pertaining to the UFC and Spike TV. Why not make the Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill rematch another edition of “Bad Blood” and televise it live and free on Spike?