Hey look, it’s a WEC ratings report that doesn’t include the words “record low” for a change.

This past Thursday’s Versus-televised WEC 51 event scored an average audience of 486,000 viewers, an increase of 54 percent over August’s WEC 50 event.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with an industry source.

Overall, the event drew a 0.49 household rating.

Fortunately, WEC 51 didn’t continue the trend WEC 49 and WEC 50 started. The latter two posted the worst viewership numbers on record (324,000 & 316,000, respectively), but thanks to a strong line-up, WEC 51 didn’t follow suit.

While the numbers are certainly an improvement, they don’t change anything. The WEC still isn’t able to provide the lighter weight classes with the same notoriety and pay that the UFC is able to give their heavier counterparts. The call for a UFC/WEC merger is still loud and strong, and a quote Dana White gave Carmichael Dave last week has a lot of people wondering if 2011 is the year it finally happens.

“The (expletive) we are going to do in the next year is going to blow your mind,” he added. When asked if that meant anything from a WEC/UFC merger to an Edgar/Aldo superfight, he artfully dodged.

“You’ll just have to sit back and watch. You have no idea the crazy (expletive) we’re working on.”

I feel like we’ve heard that before…

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