*Due to the nature of live event programming the ratings for FOX (UFC) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
Against repeats and the U.S. Skating Championships, FOX easily cruised to victory in adults 18-49 with two hours of UFC on FOX 2 with a fight card headlined by Evans vs. Davis. Again, these numbers are far more likely to be adjusted (and adjusted up) than normal due to the nature of live programming. But in the preliminary non time zone adjusted numbers the fight card averaged a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p and 4.37 million viewers.
1/31 Update: The final ratings for the UFC on FOX 2 were a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 4.66 million viewers.
The night’s only other original programming was the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that averaged a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating between 9-11p and 48 Hours Mystery that averaged a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating at 10pm.
Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, January 28, 2012:
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating/Sh||Viewers (Millions)|
|8:00||FOX||**UFC: Evans vs. Davis||2.0/6||3.98|
|CBS||Rules of Engagement (R)||0.6/2||2.60|
|NBC||Harry’s Law (R)||0.4/1||4.09|
|8:30||CBS||Mike & Molly (R)||0.7/2||3.01|
|9:00||FOX||**UFC: Evans vs. Davis||2.5/7||4.77|
|ABC||Movie: Blades of Glory (R)||0.9/3||2.80|
|NBC||U.S. Figure Skating Championships||0.5/1||3.23|
|10:00||CBS||48 Hours Mystery||1.3/4||6.52|
|ABC||Movie: Blades of Glory (R)||1.0/3||2.81|
|NBC||U.S. Figure Skating Championships||0.7/2||4.20|
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