Fox Sports 1’s UFC Fight Night averaged 1.78 million viewers Saturday night in the new network’s first-ever primetime telecast. That’s the second-best ratings for the UFC since signing with Fox Sports heading into 2012 — behind only a Saturday night FX telecast on January 19, when the franchise averaged 1.9 million viewers. UFC on FX had averaged 1.29 million viewers overall, notes SportsBusiness Daily. FX1 also boasted it finished the night with better stats in key male demos than did the four major English-language networks, which you could file under Damning with Faint Praise. After the UFC battles, the premiere of FS1’s Fox Sports Live averaged a 0.3 preliminary rating from 10:43 PM-12 AM ET; ESPN’s SportsCenter earned a 0.6 rating from 11 PM-midnight. Saturday from 12:30-2:30 PM FS1 had earned a preliminary 0.6 rating for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan International Speedway. ESPN in the same window averaged a preliminary 0.7 for Australia vs. Puerto Rico at the Little League World Series. Overall, Fox Sports 1, which launched Saturday, featured 16.5 hours of live sports coverage Saturday, including its late morning/afternoon NASCAR coverage and five hours of UFC, followed by the premiere of Fox Sports Live.
‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans Conspiring With Universal On MMA Fighter-Turned-Bank Robber Tale ‘Breaking The Bank’
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired the fact-based drama Breaking The Bank as a directing vehicle for Gareth Evans, whose Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption electrified numerous festivals before being released recently by Sony Pictures Classics. The fact-based drama is based on the book Heist: The True Story Of The World’s Biggest Cash Robbery by Howard Sounes, and the Sports Illustrated article Breaking The Bank by L. Jon Wertheim. XYZ Films is producing with Evans. XYZ is the company that executive produced and handled worldwide sales for The Raid: Redemption, and the remake of the action movie that is in the works at Screen Gems.
It’s Official: UFC Signs Multi-Year Deal With Fox Sports; Fox To Air Live Events, FX Gets ‘Ultimate Fighter’
Los Angeles – Today, Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization and No. 1 Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, finds its perfect media match in FOX, the No. 1 television network in the country. FOX Sports Media Group, the umbrella entity representing FOX Networks Group’s wide array of sports platforms, has reached a multi-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand.
The landmark agreement, which puts UFC on par with many of the country’s professional sports organizations, delivers four live events in prime time or late night each year to the FOX broadcast network, home to the country’s biggest sports events, including the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500. The first live event airs Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT. Additional programming on multiple FOX networks launches January 2012 and includes live fights, pre and post shows, countdown shows, UFC Unleashed, UFC Primetime, the UFC Knockout series, Best of Pride, weigh-in specials, and much more original content from extensive Zuffa archives. The agreement also provides for developing robust mobile and authenticated online offerings to exploit a vast array of digital platform rights.
In spring 2012, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, UFC’s signature weekly reality show moves to FX, FOX’s general entertainment cable network now in more than 99 million homes. With the move to FX, the show will feature a newly-designed format. FX is also set to televise another four-to six-live UFC events annually, with a mixture of additional events and programs heading to FSMG cable networks including FUEL TV.
With Fox Sports poised to officially confirm this morning that it has signed a multi-year deal with mixed-martial arts league UFC for coverage on Fox and FX, Spike TV announced the end of its UFC franchise, The …