WEC 47:Bowles vs. Cruz scores 373,000 viewers, 2nd-smallest audience in 2 years

MMAjunkie.com has confirmed that this past weekend’s WEC 47 event on Versus scored a 0.46 household rating and 373,000 viewers, the second-lowest viewership since its record-breaking WEC 34 event (1.54 million viewers) in June 2008, when Faber met Pulver for the first time. Versus began carrying WEC events in June 2007 with WEC 28, which drew 416,000 viewers.

DirecTV’s August 2009 decision to drop Versus from its lineup after a dispute over carrier feeds/viewer interest is partially to blame. A rumored resolution has been mentioned, but as of today, DirecTV’s 18 million subscribers are still without The Versus network.

Recent WEC broadcasts as compiled by MMAjunkie.com:

WEC 47 (Bowles vs. Cruz): 373,000 viewers
WEC 46 (Varner vs. Henderson): 640,000
WEC 45 (Cerrone vs. Ratciff): 330,000
WEC 44 (Brown vs. Aldo): 414,000
WEC 43 (Cerrone vs. Henderson): 419,000 (first event after loss of DirecTV viewers)
WEC 42 (Torres vs. Bowles): 670,000
WEC 41 (Brown vs. Faber II): 1,300,000
WEC 40 (Torres vs. Mizugaki): n/a
WEC 39 (Brown vs. Garcia): 531,000
WEC 38 (Varner vs. Cerrone): 702,000
WEC 37 (Torres vs. Tapia): 671,000
WEC 36 (Faber vs. Brown): 497,000
WEC 35 (Condit vs. Miura): 423,000
WEC 34 (Faber vs. Pulver): 1,540,000

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