UFC Newark Draws Lowest Ratings to Date for ESPN-Televised Main Card
By: Tristen Critchfield Aug 7, 2019
UFC on ESPN 5 drew the lowest ratings to date for an event
televised on the Worldwide Leader, attracting an average audience
of 680,000 viewers for the main card.
Ratings figures were released by
ShowBuzz Daily. The previous low for an ESPN-televised card
came when UFC on ESPN 2 averaged 828,000 viewers for a card
headlined by Justin
Gaethje and Edson
Barboza on March 30.
UFC on ESPN 5 took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
on Aug. 3 and was headlined by a welterweight duel between Colby
Covington and Robbie
Lawler. The main card started earlier than usual, beginning at
approximately 3 p.m. ET and running until 6 p.m. ET. Ratings peaked
at 945,000 viewers for the main event, which Covington won by
Meanwhile, the UFC on ESPN 5 prelims averaged 523,000 viewers. The
featured bout for that portion of the card was a welterweight
showdown between Mickey Gall
and Salim Touhri. Gall won the contest via unanimous decision.