TUF 23 episode 1 lowest rated debut on FS1

April 21, 2016

The debut episode of TUF 23 drew 479,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Sports TV Ratings.  It is the lowest rating for a debut episode on TUF since it began on FS1.

The debut episode featured the usual two-hour premiere which showed fights to get into the house.  This season’s coaches are Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha.

Ratings of debut episodes of TUF on FS1:

TUF 22 (Conor-Faber) – 622,000 viewers

TUF 21 (Blackzillians-ATT) –490,000 viewers

TUF 20 (Pettis-Melendez) – 536,000 viewers

TUF 19 (Edgar-Penn) – 595,000 viewers

TUF 18 (Rousey-Tate) – 762,000 viewers

Payout Perspective:

It was an entertaining night of fights but the ratings reflect that either people are not into The Ultimate Fighter or they were just so many other things on television.  Spring is always hard due to beginning of baseball, NBA and NHL playoffs.  We will see how this season does in the ratings.

11 Responses to “TUF 23 episode 1 lowest rated debut on FS1”

  1. tops E on April 21st, 2016 1:04 PM


  2. tops E on April 21st, 2016 1:14 PM

    Ufc spends 10 mil in promoting a fight…does that include payola money for media people or they spend much more hahaha…its a marketing dependent business….

  3. Random Dude on April 21st, 2016 2:02 PM

    It is a show for hardcore fans of MMA…never going to attract much of an audience no matter what they do or who they do it with.

    Even UFC-fanboys like d don’t watch it, only hardcore fans of MMA watch it.

  4. tops E on April 21st, 2016 2:20 PM

    Is it true they wont let mcgregor fight ufc 200 but on a later promotion but not against diaz?

  5. tops E on April 21st, 2016 3:21 PM
  6. Combo on April 21st, 2016 4:01 PM

    Boxing reality show equivalents, such as The Contender, wished they could last this long. They failed only after a few seasons.

    The younger demo has shifted to MMA.

  7. Combo on April 21st, 2016 4:10 PM

    Back when UFC events were on only every few months, TUF was the only MMA to consume in the meantime. Now we have UFC events on almost every week, coupled with Bellator and other events.

    MMA has grown so much (and made the boxing trolls, like the ones here, feel insecure and threatened).

    TUF has elevated the sport and has been going on for many years? The boxing reality shows? Failed miserably, even with legends and celebrities like Leonard, Dr La Jous and Stallone.

  8. Fight Fan on April 21st, 2016 4:11 PM

    Lol wow horrible ratings

  9. d on April 21st, 2016 7:45 PM

    Yeah this is bad, those look like PBC numbers. Hahaha.

  10. Diego on April 22nd, 2016 10:09 AM

    As long as it’s cheap to produce, which it probably is, and FS1 doesn’t have anything better to put on, which they probably don’t, then it’s OK.

  11. Wil on April 23rd, 2016 9:59 AM

    Most reality tv shows are cheap so I imagine it is going to be around for a bit. Its been several seasons since I watched. Its just too much drama for me

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