The UFC Fight Night 96 main card did an average of 657,000 viewers from 11 pm – 1 am eastern standard time. This is the down from the UFC Fight Night 95 main card, which drew 1.109 million viewers.
The event peaked in the main event between bantamweight’s John Dodson and John Lineker with 831,000 viewers. The only prime time event this year that did worse than UFC FN 96 was on July 13th that did 609,000 viewers and was the fourth UFC show in eight days and was headlined by Lineker vs. Michael McDonald.
UFC Fight Night 96 took place on October 1st, 2016 from the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The UFC Fight Pass prelims began at 7:15 p.m. ET with four bouts while the FOX Sports 2 prelims aired at p.m. ET with four bouts. The main card began at 11 p.m. ET on FS1 with four bouts.
The prelims for the event drew 294,000 viewers, which is also down from the UFC FN 95 prelims that did 826,000 viewers. It was the third-best for a UFC prelim event on the smaller network. The event went up against stiff competition as the show went up against the Louisville vs. Clemson game on ABC doing 9,294,000 viewers and the Kentucky vs. Alabama game on ESPN doing 3,190,000 viewers.
The UFC returns to television this Saturday with UFC 204 in Manchester, England. The UFC Fight Pass prelims start at 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT with four bouts while the FOX Sports 1 prelims air at 8PM/5PM ETPT with four bouts. The main card (PPV) airs at 10PM/7PM ETPT with four bouts.