While it’s still not known if the UFC managed to cut the legs out from under Affliction with their UFC Fight Night counter-programming scheme, they sure managed to do pretty well for themselves. The show pulled a 2.1 rating, which I know doesn’t mean shit to people like you or me. But to put things in perspective, the last two live events on Spike drew 1.1 ratings.
Last but not least, the UFC’s hope of ‘relaunching’ Anderson Silva took a step in the right direction, with the Silva-Irvin fight landing massive ratings:
MMAPayout.com has learned that UFC: Silva vs Irvin peaked at 4.46 million viewers at 11:38PM during the main event. To give some perspective to that number, it’s good enough to make Silva-Irvin the 3rd most watched in UFC history and it’s knocking at the door of the 4.68 million who saw Gina Carano on CBS in May (currently 5th on the all-time domestic list).
This may not be the last time we see Anderson Silva on Spike. Word now has the UFC pushing Silva off the UFC 88 card (which already had Liddell, Franklin, Hendo, and Parisyan) and onto UFC 89 in the UK. This is all in an attempt to get that event broadcast on the network, something they were probably having some trouble doing with a meh Bisping vs Leben main event and Lyoto Machida on the undercard.
So while Affliction may have still pulled in some half-decent PPV numbers, the UFC can’t be unhappy with the way their event went last Saturday. Well … maybe they’re still pissed that Brandon Vera blew his debut at 205.