TUF 26 Episode 5: 220,000 viewers

September 28, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Episode 5 on FS1 Wednesday night drew 220,000 viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It brings the season average to just 238,000 viewers.

The event drew 0.07 viewers in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen.  In the fight of the telecast, Sijara Eubanks defeated Maia Stevenson as the higher seed scored an upset.

Notably, Stevenson is the spouse of TUF alum Joe Stevenson.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are definitely down this season and on a night where there was not much else on sports-wise, the live viewership is low.  Even taking that into account, the DVR viewership is also down over the last couple seasons.

TUF 26 Episode 4 draws 381,000 in adjusted viewership, tops for season

September 28, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Episode 4 drew 381,000 viewers in DVR+3 adjusted ratings per Nielsen.

Episode 4’s overnight rating was 261,000 viewers.  It was the highest-rated episode of this season.  It is still below ratings for Episode 4 for TUF 25 (348,000; 510,000) and TUF 24 (397,000; 584,000).

Payout Perspective:

 We should have the ratings for yesterday’s episode 5 later today.  But it’s clear that this season is the least watched of the series but there is incremental signs that people are starting to watch.

UFC Fight Night 117 draws 502,000 viewers, prelims 416,000 on FXX

September 25, 2017

UFC Fight Night 117 from Japan drew 502,000 viewers on FXX Friday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The prelims drew 416,000 viewers on FXX.

According to Nielsen, the main card which aired from 10pm-1am ET on Friday night drew 0.20 in the A18-49 demo and 0.27 in men 18-49.  It drew 0.16 in the A18-49 and 0.17 in the male 18-49 demo.

The prelims, which preceded the main card on FXX drew 416,000 viewers from 8-10pm ET.  It drew 0.15 in the A18-49 demo.

In addition, the UFC Fight Night Prefight show drew 139,000 viewers on FXX and the post-fight show drew 158,000 viewers.

 

 UFC Fight Night 2017
Main Card A18-49 demo Prelims
UFC Fight Night 103 1,090,000 612,000 824,000
UFC Fight Night 104 1,158,000 590,000 834,000
UFC Fight Night 105 907,000 435,000 760,000
UFC Fight Night 106 946,000 531,000 860,000
UFC Fight Night 108 745,000 415,000 320,000
UFC Fight Night 109 496,000 353,000
UFC Fight Night 110 923,000 696,000
UFC Fight Night 111 (Fight Pass) FP FP
UFC Fight Night 112 819,000 427,000 319,000
UFC Fight Night 113 402,000
UFC Fight Night 114 859,000 633,000
UFC Fight Night 115 (Fight Pass) FP FP
UFC Fight Night 116 872,000 653,000
UFC Fight Night 117 502,000 416,000

 

Payout Perspective:

 It’s the second-lowest ratings for a UFC Fight Night this year.  Only a Sunday morning card during Memorial Day weekend in Sweden did worst (UFC Fight Night 109).  FS1 had college football on Friday night and that’s the reason for the bump to FXX which likely hurt.  The card from Japan did not have great attendance and since it aired Friday one might think many may have confused with the usual UFC Fight Nights on Saturday.

 

Washington state court moves Hume/OneFC discovery dispute to Vegas

September 25, 2017

A federal district court in Washington state has decided to grant the plaintiffs motion to transfer the discovery dispute it has with Matt Hume and OneFC to Las Vegas.  The magistrate handling the Zuffa lawsuit discovery issues will determine the outcome of plaintiffs’ motion to compel Hume’s deposition and documents from OneFC.

Similar to a federal court in LA transferring Bellator’s dispute with the plaintiffs and the UFC in a discovery dispute earlier this year, the federal court judge determined that the complexity of the case and the familiarity with the subject matter were defining reasons why the case should be transferred to Nevada.  Hume, who resides in Washington state, filed a motion to quash a subpoena and objected to document requests by the plaintiffs in the UFC lawsuit.

In addition to being the trainer for Demetrious Johnson, he is an officer within OneFC.  The plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit filed against Zuffa had requested documents from OneFC and Hume’s deposition as it relates to their litigation.  Hume had provided a written declaration in which he stated that “One Championship is not a minor league or feeder league for the UFC” and it “competes with Zuffa to sign professional MMA fighters.”

Plaintiffs wanted documents supporting Hume’s statement and also to depose him.  Hume’s Washington state attorneys objected to the deposition and document requests citing that it was an attempt to make an end around from requesting documents from the Singapore-based company.  It also argued that Hume did not have access to the documents requested.  In response, plaintiffs filed a motion to compel and requested attorney fees in excess of $21,000 dollars.

Payout Perspective:

Once again, a federal court decides not to intervene in a nonparty discovery dispute despite the fact that one of the residents in its jurisdiction is seeking relief.  While I understand the court’s reasons to punt the motion to Nevada, it appears that this type of hand off is oppressive for the non-party resident.  However, unlike the Bellator case, Hume did avail himself to the lawsuit by submitting a declaration.  It is within the right of the plaintiffs to seek Hume out for his deposition as well as documents related to the statements.  With the case moving to Nevada, we shall see how the magistrate determines the dispute.

UFC Fight Night 117 attendance and gate

September 23, 2017

MMA Junkie reports the attendance and bonuses from UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.  It was the lowest-attended UFC event from Japan.

Ovince St. Preux, Gokhan Saki, Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha earned $50,000 bonuses.  OSP stopped Yushin Okami in the first round via Von Flue Choke.  Gokhan Saki stopped Henrique da Silva in a wild back and forth striking match.  Saki looked like he was in trouble but landed a punch right on the button knocking da Silva down and ending the fight.  The Fight of the Night went to Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha in a bloody three round affair that went to Andrade.

It was the fifth UFC event in Japan and drew 8,571 fans.

UFC 144:  Edgar-Henderson – 21,000

UFC on Fuel TV 8:  Silva-Stann – 14,682

UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt-Nelson – 12,395

UFC Fight Night 75 Barnett-Nelson – 10,137

UFC Fight Night 117:  St. Preux-Okami – 8,571

Payout Perspective:

No issues with the bonus winners as each deserved the bonus.  Andrade and Gadelha was a great affair and one of the best ever in the 115-pound women’s division.

The Ratings Buffet for week ending September 22nd

September 22, 2017

The Ratings Buffet for the week ending September 22nd.

Friday

ESPN2:  Golden Boy Boxing 1:41 am-2:38 am ET : 133,000 viewers, 0.06 A18-49

ESPN2:  Golden Boy Boxing 9:30pm-10:00pm ET: 145,000 viewers, 0.06 A18-49

Saturday

 FS1: UFC Fight Night Pre Show 7:00pm-8:00pm: 224,000, 0.08 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Fight Night 10:00pm-12:50 am ET: 872,000 viewers, 0.32 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Fight Night Prelims 8:00pm-10:00pm ET: 653,000 viewers, 0.23 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Fight Night Post Show 12:50pm-2:00am ET: 361,000 viewers, 0.15 A18-49

Monday

USA:  Monday Night Raw  9:00pm ET 2.844M viewers

USA:  Monday Night Raw  8:00pm ET 3.123M viewers

USA:  Monday Night Raw  10:00pm ET 2.532M viewers

Tuesday

USA WWE Smackdown 8:00pm-10:00pm ET 2.51M viewers, 0.74A18-49

Wednesday

FS1 TUF 26 Episode 1 10:00-11:00pm ET 261,000 viewers, 0.10 A18-49

El Rey:  Lucha Underground 8pm ET 79,000 viewers, 9pm ET 28,000

Thursday

 PopTV: Impact Wrestling, 8:00pm-10:00pm 277,000 viewers, 0.05 in A18-49

H/t:  Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily

 

TUF 26 Episode 4 draws 261,000 viewers

September 22, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter episode 4 on FS1 Wednesday night drew 261,000 viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The fight of the show featured an upset as Nicco Mantana upset Lauren Murphy in the fight of the episode.  Murphy is a UFC veteran but lost via decision.  But, in his post-fight comments, it appeared that Dana White was complimentary of both fighters.

 

Payout Perspective:

 It has been a rocky start for this season ratings-wise as episode 2 was pre-empted in part by major league baseball.  This season has yielded some of the lowest-ratings of the franchise.

Nick Roehrick accepts 1 years suspension from USADA

September 21, 2017

UFC light heavyweight Nick Roehrick has accepted a one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.  Roehrick was notified last month of a potential UFC anti-doping violation stemming from an August 8th test.

Roehrick tested positive for the presence of clomiphene, an estrogen blocker banned year-round, and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene.  The suspension is retroactive to August 17, 2017, when the provisional suspension was imposed.

Via the USADA release:

Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the male population, meaning such off-label clinical use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.

Payout Perspective:

The 30-year-old fighter had just one fight in the UFC, a loss to Jarod Cannonier at the TUF 25 Finale in July.  The maximum sentence for a first offense is 2 years so the 1 years suspension mitigates a prolonged appeal process.

Brazilian heavyweight set for UFC debut flagged by USADA

September 19, 2017

The UFC was notified that heavyweight Carlos Felipe failed a USADA out-of-competition drug test from a sample collected on July 29th.

As a result, Felipe has been taken off the UFC card in Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 28th.  He was set to face Christian Columbo.  The UFC will seek to find a replacement for Columbo.  This would have been Felipe’s debut in the UFC.  The 22-year-old is undefeated in his pro career going 8-0.

The UFC provided its standard statement upon notification from USADA:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carlos Felipe of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017. Because of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28, 2017, against Christian Columbo, Felipe has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Felipe. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Payout Perspective:

The Brazilian prospect was outstanding on the regional circuit but the failed test may leave him on the sidelines for a couple years if he does not have a good reason for the failed test.

UFC Fight Night 116 draws 872K, Prelims 653K on FS1

September 19, 2017

UFC Fight Night 116 drew 872,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night.  The prelims drew 653,000 viewers via Nielsen per ShowBuzz Daily.

The 170-minute main card featured Luke Rockhold taking on David Branch.  The former middleweight champion looked impressive in dominating Branch.  It drew 0.32 in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen.

The 120-minute prelims which preceded the main card on FS1 Saturday night featured Olivier Aubin-Mercier has he defeated Tony Martin via split decision.  It also featured 3 stoppages on the prelim card.  It drew 0.23 in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen.

In addition, the post-fight show on FS1 which started at 12:50 am ET and lasted until 2:00 a.m. ET drew 361,000 viewers and 0.15 in the A18-49 demo.  The pre fight show which started at 7:00pm ET drew 224,000 and 0.08 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

These are very good ratings considering a lot of combat sports fans were interested by the GGG-Canelo fight happening at about the same time.  Also, college football is in full tilt and the ratings do not reflect a large drop-off from the competing events.  The ratings on Saturday were the best since UFC Fight Night 110 in June.

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