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‘UFC on FOX 6′ Ratings Update: Flyweights Pull Strong Numbers, Fall Just Short of Henderson vs. Diaz

(The average new viewer tuned in for 5 minutes and 54 seconds before realizing they weren’t watching ‘America’s Best Dance Crew.’ Photo via Tracy Lee/Cagewriter.)

For those of you who thought that the UFC’s decision to headline a FOX card with 125-pounders was promotional suicide, it’s time to eat some crow. According to the final ratings numbers, UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson drew an average of 4.4 million viewers last Saturday, peaking at 5.2 million viewers for the flyweight championship main event. That’s only a slight decrease from the viewership of the last FOX card, which attracted 4.4 million average viewers with a peak of 5.7 million for the Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz lightweight title fight.

Judging from the data here and here, Johnson vs. Dodson’s 5.2 million viewer peak would place it around #13 on the list of the most-watched MMA fights of all time in the United States. It’ll be interesting to see how the next UFC on FOX event on April 20th stacks up, as it features a returning star in Benson Henderson — and an excellent heavyweight feature adding weight to the main card — but won’t benefit from the frequent promos during NFL broadcasts that UFC on FOX 6 received.

For a quick comparison of the average viewerships for each UFC on FOX card so far, check out the numbers after the jump…

UFC on FOX 1 (Velasquez vs. Dos Santos): 5.7 million average viewers
UFC on FOX 2 (Evans vs. Davis): 4.7 million
UFC on FOX 3 (Diaz vs. Miller): 2.4 million
UFC on FOX 4 (Rua vs. Vera): 2.4 million
UFC on FOX 5 (Henderson vs. Diaz): 4.4 million
UFC on FOX 6 (Johnson vs. Dodson): 4.2 million

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Mr_Misanthropy- January 31, 2013 at 8:20 pm
THEY FELL JUST SHORT... GET IT?!? Awww never mind...
Alan K- January 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm
It was a good fight. Anyone who thinks different either hasn't seen the fight or is lying to themselves because they can't get over the idea that smaller fighters exist for whatever reason.
stak- January 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm
yeah because no one can have a different opinion right?
Deadpanda- January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am
I love people with informed opinions complaining about midgets not banging enough... Stick K-1 & save us the play by play of your viewing habits.
stak- January 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm
If you love it then why do you not want me to post it?

For the record, I'll post what I want. Like you f'n matter.

And when the hell did I say anything about them not "banging" enough?
stak- January 31, 2013 at 8:12 am
I changed the channel and never turned back after Teixeira/Rampage was over and they started the coverage on the midgets. I downloaded the fight later, and I was right, I didn't miss anything worth watching.