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Premiere of “UFC Primetime” watched by nearly 1.5 million viewers

Wednesday’s premiere of UFC Primetime on Spike TV was watched by a total of 1,494,000 viewers, according to a press statement released by officials at the Viacom-owned network.

Serving as part one of a three-part documentary series chronicling the buildup to Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn’s headlining fight at UFC 94 on Jan. 31, the 10 p.m. ET show of UFC Primetime garnered a 0.73 household rating, which was good for an average audience of 880,000 viewers. The show did a 0.84 with males between the ages of 18-49; a 0.55 among people between the ages of 18-49, and an 0.83 with males between the ages of 18-34.

Compared to the prior four weeks in the same time slot, “Primetime” gave Spike an increase across the board. With males between the ages of 18-49, the show was up 29%. The show did a whopping 80% increase with males between the ages of 18-34.

Spike then showed an immediate re-air of “Primetime,” which delivered a household rating of 0.53 for a total of 614,000 viewers. With males between the ages of 18-49, the re-air did a 0.64 as well as a 0.41 with people between 18-49 and a 0.55 with males between the ages of 18-34.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Unfortunately for Brothers Penn, Dana White was probably one of those one and an half million viewers.
    The “cringe-worthy” moments created by reality based television is fascinating to watch. I couldn’t peel my eyes away from BJ’s brother lying to Dana to cover for BJ while Dana knows he’s being lied to.
    JD Penn – that camera that is pointing at you is “on”.
    Lying is bad and stupid.
    If you’ll lie about something that isn’t a big deal, you’ll lie about something that is a big deal. I don’t care if everyone is lying, I don’t like working with liars because I usually end up relying on someone I’m working with, and liars are unreliable, except when it comes to lying. You can be sure they’ll lie again.

    Plus, how stupid do you look lying when there’s no way you don’t get caught? I don’t like working with stupid people or liars, here ends my thesis.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I enjoyed the show, but I question whether it’ll generate big numbers every week. They’re going to run short on interesting content after a while.

  • john says:

    yeah, i have to agree, bj isnt going to be able to rely on pure skill with gsp, he is going to have to train like there is no tomorrow to beat him. dont get me wrong, i like bj as a fighter, but i have never respected his work ethic.. I hope GSP wins this fight, but i hope bj continues to kill the lightweight division, he doesnt need to be a ww it is too stacked and if he wins who knows how many times we see him defend his title as ww champ. i dont think he can keep training all year like he should to keep a ww title. I want to see someone hold onto the belt and reign supreme. I am getting tired of seeing belts continually changing hands


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