UFC Fight Night 85 did good numbers for FOX Sports 1.
The pre-fight show did 323,000 viewers while the post-fight show did 386,000 viewers. The prelims drew 766,000 viewers. The main card drew 1,149 million viewers, which is up from 983,000 viewers that the last UFC Fight Night (Fight Night 83) event drew that aired on FS1.
UFC Fight Night 85 took place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday, March 19, in North America.
FOX Sports issued the following:
FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HUNT VS. MIR posted gains of +86% on viewership (1,149,000 vs. 617,000) and +63% among Adults 18-49 (595,000 vs. 364,000) versus the same Saturday last year (FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA VS. LAFLARE).
The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW (7:30 – 8:00 PM ET) had 323,000 viewers, making it the net’s fourth most-watched UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW to date.
The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET) delivered 766,000 viewers, more than double the prelim card from the same weekend in 2014 on FS1 (369,000). Last March’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS aired on FS2 and delivered 280,000 viewers.
The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW posted gains of +55% on viewership (386,000 vs. 249,000) compared to the post-FIGHT NIGHT edition of FOX SPORTS LIVE that aired on the corresponding Saturday last March.
FS1’s UFC programming has been strong in the first quarter of 2016. The four FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHTs averaged 1,424,000 viewers, up +13% on viewership from the same period in 2015 (1,261,000) and up +45% compared to the first quarter of 2014 (984,000).
The event was headlined by a heavyweight bout as Mark Hunt will meet former UFC champion Frank Mir.
The UFC returns to the TV network on April 10th with UFC Fight Night 86.