The ratings are in for the UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson SpikeTV-aired preliminary card broadcast, with SpikeTV officials revealing that the hour-long program drew an average of 1.2 million viewers.
The broadcast peaked with 1.4 million viewers and earned .9 household rating, as well as a 1.1 rating amongst male 18-34 and 18-41 age groups.
The ratings are an improvement from the UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz preliminary card broadcast, which drew 1.1 million viewers, but falls short of the series peak of 2 million viewers, which was earned by UFC 126.
Scheduled to feature only two bouts, a bantamweight tilt between Michael McDonald and Alex Soto, as well as a light heavyweight fight between Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz, but McDonald and Bader both took their bouts via first-round knockout, leaving room for three other preliminary card bouts that ended early to be shown.
UFC 139 went down from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and featured what many are calling the best MMA fight ever between Pride veterans Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson.