The ratings for last weekend’s WEC 47 event are in, and they aren’t good.
The show, headlined by Dominick Cruz winning the bantamweight championship over Brian Bowles, scored a 0.46 household rating and 373,3000 viewers. MMA Junkie first reported the numbers this morning.
The ratings were down 42 percent when compared to the previous show, WEC 46, which took place in January. But WEC 46 also featured Urijah Faber in a high-profile bout. Faber is, truthfully speaking, the only real draw in the company. Luckily, they’re headlining the first-ever WEC PPV with Faber challenging Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship next month.
What do the numbers prove? Not much. It does indicate that going to pay per view without a Urijah Faber bout probably wouldn’t be the smartest move in the world at this point. But the WEC brass recognizes that, which is why the decision to put the Aldo/Faber bout on PPV was made. It’s not going to do gigantic numbers, but it’s the best bout the company can put forward for a PPV event at this point.