UFC 239 was arguably the biggest card of the year for 2019, and the prelims seem to show that. According to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting, the prelims pulled in 1,145,000 viewers, which is the third highest-viewers this year.
The card fell behind UFC 234, which was headlined by Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva, that did 1,339,000. UFC 235, which was headlined by Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith, is still at the top as it pulled-in 1,480,000.
Meltzer reports that. “the broadcast was the highest-rated show on television in 18-49 and Males 18-49 on Saturday night. It was first on cable in Males 12-34 and 18-34, and second on cable in both overall 18-34 and 25-54.” It also peaked at 1.4 million for the Gilbert Melendez vs. Arnold Allen fight.
UFC 239 prelims featured the likes of Gilbert Melendez making his return to the Octagon to take on Arnold Allen. As well as Song Yadong knocking out Alejandro Perez, Marlon Vera submitting Nohelin Hernandez, and Claudia Gadelha out-pointing Randa Markos. It was a phenomenal event, and the UFC and ESPN have to be happy with the estimated numbers.
The pay-per-view (PPV) didn’t fail to deliver either, seeing several knockouts, including the fastest in UFC history.
What do you think about the UFC 239 prelims pulling in over one million viewers?