We knew the ratings were good for UFC Fight Night 59, based on the overnights (see them here).
Good enough to generate 2,751,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched mixed martial arts (MMA) event in the history of FOX Sports 1, and the most-watched MMA event on ad-supported cable television since Kimbo Slice competed at the The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale on Spike TV way back in 2009.
In addition, viewership peaked in the final quarter-hour when 3,162,000 viewers tuned in to watch Irish sensation Conor McGregor beat the brakes off Dennis Siver in the UFC Fight Night 59 main event, which in retrospect probably helps justify this staggering number.
Even more impressive was the UFC Boston preliminary card, which averaged 908,000 viewers and claimed second place as the most-watched non pay-per-view (PPV) prelims in FOX Sports 1 history, behind the TUF 18 Finale in early 2013.
Keep in mind this was a day chock full of NFL playoffs.
For all the latest on UFC Fight Night 59 including results, salaries, injuries, and more, check out our complete "McGregor vs. Siver" live story stream here.