The ratings for the WEC are in and it’s a dose of reality:
The pre-recorded WrekCage show which came on at 8 p.m. ET drew a rating o 0.19 (189,000 viewers). The live two-hour telecast that began at 9 p.m. ET drew a 0.39 (416,000 viewers). The Tapout show at 11 p.m. ET recorded a 0.28 (286,000 viewers).
To give you some perspective, The Ultimate Fighter on Spike last week drew a 1.16 rating (1.6 million viewers). Also, the first game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals drew a 0.72 (523,000 viewers) on Versus.
One could make a joke about IFL Battleground doing better ratings (.7), but I have a suspicion that half their ‘viewers’ just leave MyNetworkTV on when they’re gone to keep their house from being robbed. It is kinda ironic that the WEC is now suffering from the same problem every other MMA org suffers from: the fact that the UFC is hot but MMA is not.
Personally I was expecting the show to break a .5 draw. Of course, MMA is my obsession and I buy into the hype like a 13 year old pro wrestling fan. However, the reality of the situation is that the WEC is not the UFC, and everyone still remembers that Versus is just a rebrand of the shitty Outdoor Life Network. Of course, it’s wasn’t so long ago that SpikeTV was known as the Nashville Network, so this could be the first step towards bigger things for the network. It’s also easy to forget that the UFC didn’t really push their little brother very hard. If Zuffa isn’t happy with the way ratings are progressing for the WEC, they have the resources to really shove the product down everyone’s throat.
Anyways, with the positive reaction from the fans and press alike I’m sure the WEC will continue to grow. If my theory is correct, the league will have an influx of talent over the next 3 months which result in slightly more compelling matchups than Faber vs Farrar (fuck you Faber).