The UFC 248 preliminary card averaged 1.195 million viewers on ESPN.
That figure ranks slightly behind pay-per-view preliminary offerings for UFC 247 (1.491 million viewers) and UFC 246 (1.767 million). However, those cards featured some of the promotion’s biggest stars: UFC 247 was headlined by a light heavyweight championship clash between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes, while UFC 246 featured a welterweight main event pitting Irish superstar Conor McGregor against Donald Cerrone.
The ratings for the UFC 248 prelims were likely boosted by the Duke vs. North Carolina college basketball game, which preceded the fights on ESPN.
The UFC 248 prelims peaked at 1.603 million viewers for a middleweight showdown between Gerald Meerschaert and Deron Winn. The featured bout of the preliminary card saw rising bantamweight star Sean O’Malley score a first-round technical knockout against Alberto Quinonez.
UFC 248 took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 7. The card was headlined by a middleweight championship clash between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero, which Adesanya won via unanimous decision. In the co-main event, Weili Zhang edged Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a split-decision triumph that is an early front runner for 2020 “Fight of the Year.”