Dana White’s Power Slap League was hit with a hard dose of reality after receiving a brief glimmer of hope last week.
Despite being promoted more than UFC 284, which features a super fight between the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Power Slap failed to carry over its audience over the past two weeks. Debuting on January 18 with a meager 295,000 viewers, Dana White’s latest pet project received a bit of a reprieve in week two as the number jumped up to 413,000, moving it from No. 45 to No. 30 on the list of cable television’s most-watched programs. The slight success was short-lived.
Numbers from ShowBuzzDaily revealed that Power Slap: Road to the Title brought in an estimated 284,000 viewers on Wednesday night, dropping it to the No. 51 spot in the cable TV rankings. All Elite Wrestling, Power Slap’s lead-in program, drew a reported 901,000 viewers meaning more than two-thirds of the AEW audience opted to change the channel once the slap-fighting series began to air its third episode.
“This week, Power Slap finished six slots lower than their debut at no. 45, with 284,000 viewers. The 10 p.m. broadcast on February 1 had a 0.09 rating among 18-49-year-olds. Power Slap’s numbers were 617,000 viewers less than AEW’s” via https://t.co/AAbP6Pc9MX #ufc #mma pic.twitter.com/4gwKq8OKS1
— Chris Avraamides (@Legionnairecsn) February 3, 2023
Social Media Could Keep Power Slap Alive for Years to Come
Recently, it was revealed that Power Slap’s first season will conclude with a pay-per-view event held at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on March 11. Multiple champions will be crowned at the event as head coaches Darius ‘The Destroyer’ Mata-Varona and “Wolverine” Ron Bata battle it out for the heavyweight championship.
Despite the plummeting numbers, not all hope is lost for Dana White’s CTE-inducing brainchild. With inexpensive production costs and embarrassingly low fighter purses, Power Slap could still become a financial success with relative ease. Fans may not be tuning in weekly, but social media numbers are off the charts and MMA outlets are giving the so-called sport coverage around the clock.
It’s difficult to imagine anyone shelling out their hard-earned money for a Power Slap pay-per-view, with the exception of Anthony Smith, but stranger things have happened.