UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs Le delivered a historic first visit for the UFC to China on November 10, 2012, and the event delivered Fuel TV’s best Saturday prime time audience ever, according to figures released by Nielsen Media Research.
The program also helped deliver the network its third most-watched day and fourth most-watched prime time audience ever.
The three-hour program featured six fights and culminated with the dramatic knockout of former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin by Cung Le in the first round of the main event. UFC on Fuel TV 6 was broadcast three times throughout the day and had 290,000 viewers between all three airings.
Due to the extreme time zone difference, the event aired live in the United States at 9:00 AM ET, drawing 88,000 viewers, Fuel TV’s second most-viewed morning ever.
The encore at 7:00 PM ET recorded 143,000 viewers, +63% compared to the live event. The late-night broadcast added an additional 59,000 viewers. UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs Le marked the final live UFC fight of six this year on Fuel TV.
UFC on Fuel TV 7 will take place on February 13, 2013, and another live UFC event will follow on March 2.
"We’ve had six fantastic live fights this year and they all delivered record audiences to Fuel TV,” says George Greenberg, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Fuel TV. "Our first year as the primary cable home of the UFC has been amazing, providing the network its most-watched year ever. We’re looking forward to much, much more in 2013 and the years to come. The UFC is a great partner whose entrepreneurial spirit matches up perfectly with the FOX Sports Media Group family.”