UFC 258 Preliminary Card Averages 794,000 Viewers on ESPN

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 18, 2021

The UFC 258 preliminary card attracted 794,000 viewers to ESPN on Saturday night, according to ShowBuzz Daily.

The two-hour prelims aired on ESPN from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET and saw Anthony Hernandez submit Rodolfo Vieira in the featured matchup on that portion of the card. The prelims also aired on ESPN+, but viewership figures aren’t available for the streaming platform.

UFC 258 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and saw Kamaru Usman retain his welterweight crown with a third-round stoppage of Gilbert Burns in the evening’s headliner. Outside of the main event, the card didn’t have the usual star power of a pay-per-view offering.

As expected, the ratings for the UFC 258 prelims came in below those of UFC 257, which drew an audience of 1.433 million as a lead-in for the rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Still, viewership for UFC 258 surpassed that of the prelims for the promotion’s final four pay-per-view cards of 2020.

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