TUF 10 Ratings Strong, Still Early
September 25, 2009
Yesterday, Spike TV released the ratings for the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights:
“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Spike TV continues to be the undisputed champion of young men on Wednesday nights. The 2nd episode of the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 23 (10:00pm-11:00pm) drew 2.9 million viewers and was the top-rated program in Men 18-34 (1.2 million) in all of television, beating many highly-promoted series on network television including the debuts of “Cougar Town,” “Modern Family,” “Eastwick,” and new episodes of “Glee,” “Dancing With The Stars,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Overall, the episode drew a 4.2 in Men 18-34, a 3.2 in M18-49 (1.8 million) and a 2.2 household rating. Also impressive was the repeat telecast at 11:00pm, which delivered 1.1 million viewers.
To give you a better understanding and some context as to why everyone is raving about these ratings here are some things to consider:
- The only other TUF episode to garner a 2.0+ was the first episode of TUF 3.
- The average rating for a TUF episode is 1.3, but from TUF 4 through to TUF 9 the average has been just a 1.14.
- No TUF season has ever approached a 4.0 in M18-34, let alone the 5.3 or 4.2 TUF 10 has done back-to-back.
Also, consider that with Kimbo Slice fighting next week – and the resulting piggyback ratings on following episodes – the season is likely going to experience an extremely strong start.
If Kimbo can manage to defeat Roy Nelson the season will more than likely smash the previous ratings record – 1.69, TUF 3 – and average out at somewhere over the 2.0 mark.