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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