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Ratings Improve With UFC 122 & WEC 52

It hasn’t been the greatest year for Zuffa in the ratings department but it looks like they bounced back a little last week with WEC 52 and UFC 122.

With Urijah Faber headlining, the WEC 52 broadcast on Versus averaged 570,000 viewers.

Bolstered by the World Extreme Cagefighting star’s main event with Takeya Mizugaki, the Nov. 11 broadcast of WEC 52 scored an impressive 0.57 household rating and an average audience of 570,000 viewers on Versus, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with an industry source.

In addition to the overall 0.57 rating, WEC 52 scored well with men 18-49, which boasted a 0.79 rating.

It was the second most watched WEC event of the year only behind WEC 46 (640,000) which also featured Urijah Faber near the top of the card. He’s clearly the biggest star the WEC has. It will be interesting to see what kind of audience he draws in the UFC.

UFC 122 also did well in the ratings, surprisingly. It was easily the worst UFC card of the year, on paper and in practice, yet for some reason, more fans tuned in for it than they did for UFC 120 a few weeks back.

The past weekend’s Spike TV broadcast of “UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami” scored an average audience of 2.2 million viewers, the cable station today announced.

UFC 122 earned a 1.4 household rating, which includes a 2.0 rating among men ages 18-49 and a 2.16 among males ages 18-34.

UFC 120 averaged 300,000 less viewers (1.9 million). I can’t explain why, but maybe the spoilers ESPN ran at the bottom of everyone’s television screen during college football had something to do with it. If they were anything like me, their interest level plummeted the moment they heard the results.

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