Wednesday’s UFC Ratings highlighted by new TUF low
September 5, 2013
The Wrestling Observer (subscription required) reports the UFC ratings from Wednesday. The 2 hour debut of TUF received an average of 762,000 viewers while the main card of UFC Fight Night 28 received 539,000 viewers.
According to Television By the Numbers, The Ultimate Fighter featuring Team Rousey vs. Team Tate scored an average of 762K for a 0.4 rating (Adults 18-49) in the 7pm-9pm PT/10pm-12amET time slot. Duck Dynasty on A&E won the night and the 10pm time slot with over 10 million viewers for a 4.6 rating.
In other numbers, bonuses, for UFC Fight Night 28 were $50,000 each and given to Glover Teixeira (KO), Piotr Hallman (Submission) and Rafael Natal and Tor Troeng (FOTN). (via MMA Junkie). Although a slow start, UFC FN 28 did well with its three top fighters on the card getting impressive wins.
How many hours of UFC programming did you watch Wednesday? Of the 8 hours, it’s likely that the most scrutinized was the TUF debut as it pulled out all the stops for this season with men and women in the house and the Rousey-Tate feud. The women fights were the most compelling. Also, having the fighters meet their families before the fights were a nice touch to add drama. FS1 even aired an hour special for Ronda Rousey the day before the TUF debut. Yet, it opened with the lowest rating ever for TUF. MMA Fighting chalks it up to growing pains for a new network. While this might be believable, its hard to explain the 1.72 million viewer debut of the UFC on FS1’s first day. Perhaps its the 8 hours of programming which caused TUF’s low rating as that many hours of MMA would cause fatigue for any MMA fan. Will TUF gain momentum or will we see another TUF season reaching new viewership lows?