The prelims on Saturday before UFC 241 drew 817,000 viewers on , a number that has to be considered disappointing since it led into arguably the biggest show so far this year.

The number was only sixth out of the eight pay-per-view prelims since the moved to in January.

The prelims had no major names, but did have a very significant bantamweight division fight with Cory Sandhagen beating Raphael Assuncao.

Still, the prelims peak at 949,000 was for the final fight with Khama Worthy’s first-round knockout win over Devonte Smith.

With Daniel Cormier defending the heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic, and the return of Nate Diaz after three years against Anthony Pettis, this looked to be as strong a pay-per-view offering as has had this year.

Google searches topped 2.4 million, a number that in the past would indicate a pay-per-view number of at least 600,000. Since pay-per-view has moved off television to exclusively streaming on +, the numbers now are significantly lower, but the is guaranteed a stronger amount of money each month by , as it uses the ’s biggest shows to attempt to draw subscribers to its services.

won the time slot in males 18-34 and 18-49, placed second overall in 18-34 and fourth in overall 18-49.

The biggest sports competition, which both beat the in the 18-49 demo was a Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh preseason football game on the Network that did 1,660,000 viewers, and on NBC Sports Network that did 2,503,000 viewers. The other major head-to-head sports, the Little League World Series on 2, did 662,000 viewers.

The Top Ranked show which followed on did 471,000 viewers.


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