UFC on Fox 6 Updated Ratings Released, 5.2 Million Tuned in to Main Event

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson celebrates after defeating John Dodson (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC on Fox 6 drew an even larger audience than previously reported

Initially, the event's rating stood at 1.8, with a peak of 3.75 million viewers, but updated data suggests a much larger audience tuned in to watch the action unfold inside the Octagon. 

Fox Sports recently released numbers that show a peak of 5.2 million viewers during the night's main event between flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and challenger John Dodson, good for an average rating of 2.4. 

For comparison, here are the numbers for average viewership during the previous installments of UFC on Fox. 

UFC on FOX 1: 5.7 million (most watched UFC event ever)
UFC on FOX 2: 4.7 million
UFC on FOX 3: 2.4 million
UFC on FOX 4: 2.44 million
UFC on FOX 5: 4.4 million
UFC on FOX 6: 4.2 million

These numbers for UFC on Fox 6, which account for the varying time zones across the United States, are considerably higher than the originally released metrics, and they suggest that the event was even more successful than previously thought. 

In somewhat of a shocker to UFC fans, the night's main event showed the highest viewership with an average rating of 3.1, beating out the night's co-main event between MMA legend Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Glover Teixeira, which showed an average rating of 2.5. 

This suggests that people tuned in to the fights, stayed tuned in and invited friends or persuaded others to join in the experience. The high marks are a testament to the UFC's marketing team and the quality of fights on display. 

Some people, myself included, felt that the exceptional preliminary ratings were caused by Rampage's presence on the card, but that is clearly not the entire case after examining the new data. 

Johnson and Dodson lived up to their main-event status and drew the largest crowd of the evening. That is a huge victory for the UFC and the flyweight division as a whole. 

For their work and the work of the other fighters on the card, UFC on Fox 6 easily captured first-place honors over all prime time competition on Jan. 26, showing that the UFC has a bright future on the biggest stage in sports. 

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