Despite featuring far less talent and little promotion, Saturday's "UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami" drew an average of 2.2 million viewers for a 1.4 household rating, MMAJunkie.com reports, besting last month's UFC 120, also on Spike TV.
UFC 122 earned a 1.4 household rating, which includes a 2.0 rating among men ages 18-49 and a 2.16 among males ages 18-34.
By comparison, the most recent numbered UFC event to air via tape delay on Spike TV, "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama," which took place in London and featured a middleweight matchup between Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama, averaged 1.9 million viewers.
I'm really shocked by this, to be honest, and have to give it up to the UFC on this one. This was the worst numbered event in many years and it still managed to outdraw a much, much better show just weeks prior. Personally, I hated this show with a passion going in and then again after watching it. I really can't comprehend this. Bravo, UFC.