UFC on Fox 6 Ratings Improve 13 Percent over Last Fox Card

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (black shorts) fights John Dodson (white shorts) during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Good news, everyone: Ratings are up!

UFC on Fox 6 delivered some solid ratings Saturday night (via Zap2it.com), and the UFC brass is undoubtedly tickled by the recent jump in viewership.

With an impressive rating of 1.8 and over 3.75 million viewers, the Octagon shone brightest in the coveted 18-49 age bracket, beating out figure skating, "NCIS" and "48 Hours" for top honors.

To compare, UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz drew a rating of 1.6, 13 percent lower than last night's fights, which featured the flyweight title fight between Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and John Dodson.

That point is incredibly important to consider when analyzing the numbers.

Many supporters of the UFC feared that the "little guys" could not carry a card, that their drawing power was not strong enough to command an audience.

This, though, proved false, and the ratings indicate a very strong showing by the UFC's finest at 125 pounds.

A co-main event featuring MMA legend Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and a marquee matchup between two of the sport's top lightweights in Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Anthony "Showtime" Pettis probably affected the numbers as well, but the fact remains that the card did not suffer due to a flyweight main event.

Look at it however you like—the numbers do not lie. People tuned in to UFC on Fox 6, and the company's appeal continues to grow.

For fans of the UFC and future key matchups on prime-time television, this is beautiful news.