Santos knocks out Cain
Date: 2011-11-13 00:00:00
Submitted By: Come Get You Some
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship's debut on network TV was the most-watched live hour ever for mixed martial arts in the United States, Fox Sports said Sunday. CAPTIONBy Gary A. Vasquez, US Presswire Saturday's one-hour UFC broadcast averaged 5.7 million viewers, 16% higher than the 4.9 million average for CBS' live airing of EliteXC in May 2008, which culminated with a fight between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James Thompson. The UFC show this past weekend featured a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, who won with a knockout in just 64 seconds. HEAVYWEIGHTS: Dos Santos wins title AS IT HAPPENED: UFC on Fox play-by-play DOS SANTOS: UFC boosted in Brazil The college football showdown between the University of Oregon and Stanford University attracted 11 million viewers in the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. timeslot, but UFC did better in mixed martial arts' core demographic of men ages 18-to-34. UFC pulled a household rating of 4.3 for that group, better than any college football telecast this season except for last week's game between the University of Alabama and Louisana State University, both ranked among the top three teams. Whether UFC topped EliteXC's peak rating won't be known until later this week. The May 2008 show peaked with more than 7 million viewers for the Ferguson fight, which took place more than two hours into the EliteXC program. But EliteXC did not face national competition from other major sports for that show. While the UFC broadcast is a record average for a U.S. show, the most watched MMA shows of all time aired in Japan. Several bouts for Japanese organizations pulled in tens of millions of viewers during the sport's peak in the country in the early-to-mid 2000s.