Spike TV to show Big Country marathon against new TUF season
September 6, 2012
MMA Junkie reports that Spike TV will counterprogram FX’s The Ultimate Fighter debut on September 14th with a Roy Nelson marathon. The programming on Spike will include Nelson’s fight with Kimbo Slice during TUF 10.
While the Big Country marathon begins on Spike TV at 8pm ET/PT, TUF on FX starts with a 2 hour premiere at 9pm ET/PT. Nelson serves as a coach opposite Shane Carwin on TUF this season. During TUF 10, Nelson was a Heavyweight on Team Evans and eventually won TUF as well as being the one to eliminate Kimbo Slice.
Likely the last time that Spike TV will attempt to counterprogram TUF. What’s interesting will be the ratings during the Kimbo Slice/Nelson fight. One may recall that TUF 10 (Evans/Rampage) was the last TUF with decent ratings. It also received a bump due to ratings maven Kimbo Slice. Despite what you think of the streetfighter, Slice brought some serious ratings to the TUF franchise. The TUF 10 debut scored an incredible 4.1 million viewers. If you compare that to last season’s TUF ratings on FX, it makes sense that Spike TV is doing this.