UFC 252 Preliminary Card Averages 831,000 Viewers on ESPN

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 18, 2020

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The UFC 252 preliminary card averaged 831,000 viewers this past Saturday on ESPN, according to ShowBuzz Daily.

That ranks as the fifth best offering for a pay-per-view preliminary card on ESPN thus far in 2020. However, it does surpass the ratings of the last two cards, UFC 250 (775,000) and UFC 251 (809,000). The highest rated prelims of 2020 remains UFC 246, with 1.767 million viewers for the lead-in to a pay-per-view headlined by Conor McGregor’s Octagon return.

The UFC 252 prelims, which featured a lightweight clash between Vinc Pichel and Jim Miller, peaked at 1.2 million viewers for the broadcast. That card also secured a 0.29 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic to top all cable programming for the night.

UFC 252 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and saw Stipe Miocic retain his heavyweight title with a five-round verdict over Daniel Cormier in their highly-anticipated trilogy bout.

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