The UFC 178 Preliminary Card on Fox Sports 1 took place this past Saturday and featured Dominick Cruz returning from injury and dominating Takeya Mizugaki for a TKO victory in 61 seconds.  UFC 178 Poster

According to Nielsen sources, the UFC 178 preliminary overnight viewership number for the prelims landed at 698,000 viewers and this is the up 60% from the UFC 177 number of 436,000 for the prelims.

The peak of the prelim broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday came in the 8:15-8:30 slot with 774,000 viewers and this would have been during the first fight on the televised prelims.

The UFC 178 prelims was the highest viewed show on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday as it beat MLB baseball, college football, and NASCAR Truck racing. In addition, the post fight show that started at 12:42 a.m. ET averaged 206,000 viewers. That number is up 13% from the average of 183,000 viewers of UFC Post Fight Shows to date on Fox Sports 1.

Here is the UFC pay-per-view preliminary card numbers in 2014 to date.

UFC 169: 933,000
UFC 170: 936,000
UFC 171: 305,000 (aired on Fox Sports 2)
UFC 172: 750,000
UFC 173: 697,000
UFC 174: 784,000 (aired on FX)
UFC 175: 1,000,000
UFC 177: 436,000
UFC 178: 698,000

Stay tuned to TheMMAReport.com for more updates on MMA TV ratings.