TUF 24 Episode 4 draws 397,000 viewers

September 22, 2016

The Ultimate Fighter 24 episode 4 drew 397,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Sports TV Ratings.

The episode scored 204,000 viewers in the 18-49 demo per Sports TV Ratings.  In the fight of the show, Eric Shelton submitted Yoni Sherbatov.


A replay of episode 4 on the same night (10pm-11pm PT) drew 32,000 viewers (17,000 A18-49) on FS1.  A replay of last week’s episode 3 which aired prior to the first-run episode 4 drew 89,000 viewers on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

This season’s episode 4 did better than last season’s episode 4 (336,000 viewers).  However, it is down from last fall’s TUF 22’s episode 4 which drew 538,000 viewers.  Notably, TUF went up against the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers game on ESPN.

Bellator 161 peaks at 966,000 viewers

September 21, 2016

Bellator 161 peaked with 966,000 viewers on Friday per Nielsen.  The adjusted viewership with DVR +3 ratings brought the event up to 758,000 viewers.

The Spike telecast was the #3 live sporting event on cable on Friday behind college football.

The event featured Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson with Kongo taking the victory.

The event drew 686,000 viewers on Spike TV in live plus same day viewership.  The DVR+3 ratings represents a 10% increase over the live numbers.  The numbers are slightly down from last month’s Bellator show.

UFC Fight Night 94 draws 826,000, Prelims 637,000

September 20, 2016

UFC Fight Night 94 held on Saturday night drew 826,000 for the main card on FS1 according to Sports TV Ratings.  The prelims drew 637,000 viewers and the post-coverage drew another 280,000 viewers.

The prelims were delayed slightly due to an overrun from an extra innings baseball game on FS1.

The main card peaked at 905,000 viewers between 11:30pm-11:45pm ET according to Nielsen.

The main card drew 439,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo and the prelims drew 334,000 viewers in the demo.  The post-fight show garnered 137,000 in the demo.

The main card featured Michael Johnson taking on Dustin Poirier.  Johnson scored a KO victory in the first round.

UFC Fight Night 2016
Main Card Prelims
UFC Fight Night 81 2,288,000 1,767,000
UFC Fight Night 82 1,300,000 1,093,000
UFC Fight Night 83 983,000 829,000
UFC Fight Night 85 1,149,000 766,000
UFC Fight Night 86 781,000 443,000
UFC Fight Night 87 656,000 494,000
UFC Fight Night 88 757,000 469,000
UFC Fight Night 89 964,000 369,000
UFC Fight Night 91 609,000 311,000
UFC Fight Night 92 863,000 662,000

Payout Perspective:

College Football ruled the night as it usually does during the fall.  There was also the PPV event with Canelo Alvarez on during the night as well.  The ratings for these types of events are pretty good considering the abundance of other things you can do on a Saturday night.

Bellator 161 draws 686,000 viewers

September 19, 2016

Bellator 161 drew an average rating of 686,000 viewers on Friday night on Spike TV per Sports TV Ratings.  The event ratings represent a slight decrease from last month’s event.

The event which featured Cheick Kongo taking on Tony Johnson drew 330,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.  Kongo earned the majority decision over Johnson.


Payout Perspective:

The 2016 average is 736,500 but if you take away the huge tentpole event of 149, it is 642,000.  College Football on Friday night was the big sports event on cable with a game between Baylor-Rice drawing 1.454M viewers on ESPN.  The viewership looks to be on par with what it has been throughout this year.

TUF 24 Episode 3 draws 441,000 viewers

September 15, 2016

The Ultimate Fighter 24 episode 3 drew 441,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Sports TV Ratings.  It’s a 17% increase from last week and it’s the best showing thus far this season.

The episode drew 225,000, another season high, in the adult 18-49 demo per Sports TV Ratings.


Also, DVR numbers remain about the same, as Episode 2 drew 601,000 viewers, up from 347,000 in Live +SD.  The previous week drew 634,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The season average is 377,000 viewers and 209,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.  ESPN’s coverage of MLB featuring Seattle and Los Angeles bested TUF in the time slot as that game drew 473,000 viewers.  We can probably expect more of the same with the ratings for this season.

September’s PBC on Spike draws 547,000 viewers

September 13, 2016

PBC on Spike TV Friday night drew 547,000 per Sports TV Ratings.

In the main event Daniel Jacobs stopped Sergio Mora to retain his middleweight world title.  Per Sports TV Ratings, it drew 187,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.

The event was up a slight increase from PBC last event on Spike TV in August.  Jacobs’ win makes him the next in line to face Gennady Golovkin if we listen to the World Boxing Association’s issuance of a mandatory challenge.

PBC on Spike
3/13/2015 869,000
4/24/2015 569,000
5/22/2015 772,000
6/12/2015 446,000
8/14/2015 679,000
9/11/2015 581,000
10/16/2015 315,000
11/13/2015 466,000
4/1/2016 873,000
4/29/2016 513,000
7/29/2016 531,000
8/27/2016 507,000
9/9/2016 547,000

Payout Perspective:

Notably, PBC on Boxing did better than Glory Kickboxing on ESPN2 later that night as it drew 517,000 viewers.  Earlier in the college football on ESPN2 featuring Louisville-Syracuse scored the highest rating for sports on cable Friday night with 1.73 million viewers.

UFC 203 Prelims draws 870,000 viewers

September 13, 2016

The UFC 203 Prelims on FS1 this past Saturday drew 870,000 viewers according to Nielsen.

The event is up 31% from last Septembers prelim card on FS1.  That card was headlined by Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson 2.

The UFC 203 Prelims featured Jessica Eye and Bethe Corriea in the last fight before the PPV.  Corriea won via split decision.

The event drew 503,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo and peaked at 1.374M viewers in the last quarter of the show (9:45-10:00pm ET).  Also notable is that the adult 18-49 demo was up 51% from last year’s UFC 191.

UFC PPV Prelims
UFC 195 1,032,000
UFC 196 1,843,000
UFC 197 835,000
UFC 198 786,000
UFC 199 798,000
UFC 200 1,700,000
UFC 201 331,000
UFC 202 1,300,000
UFC 203 870,000
UFC 201 on FS2

UFC 201 on FS2

Payout Perspective:

870,000 is a decent number compared to the other prelim events this past year especially when you consider that it went up against a lot of college football and the event, aside from the debut of CM Punk, did not hold a lot of casual viewer interest unless you are into heavyweight fighters.

TUF 24 Episode 2 draws 347,000 viewers

September 8, 2016

TUF 24 Episode 2 drew 347,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Sports TV Ratings.

The second episode featuring the flyweight fighters saw a decrease from last week’s debut.  However, per Sports TV Ratings, the ratings were up slightly in the adult 18-49 demo.

In the fight of the show Hiromasa Ogikubo defeated Nkazimulo Zulu via submission.


Payout Perspective:

The ratings are down from last fall’s TUF 22 which registered 463,000 viewers.  Last season drew 387,000 viewers for its episode 2.  It appears that this season featuring coaches Henry Cejudo and Joseph Benavidez may slump to new lows in live viewing.  However, it may see a DVR boost for those that are recording the show.

TUF 24 draws 370,000 on FS1

September 1, 2016

The 2-hour debut of The Ultimate Fighter 24 drew just 370,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Sports TV Ratings.  It is the lowest-rated debut for the TUF franchise.

This season’s TUF features Joseph Benavidez and Daniel Cejudo as coaches.  The fighters in the house are all champions from regional organizations in the 125 pound division.  The winner will get a shot at current champion Demetrious Johnson.

Per Sports TV Ratings the event garnered 197,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

In comparison, TUF 23 drew 479,000 this past spring.  Last fall, TUF 22 drew 622,000 viewers.  Of course, TUF 22 had Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber as coaches.  For a division that is not that popular, we might see some very low ratings this season.

Bellator 160 peaks at 1.1M viewers

August 31, 2016

Bellator 160 this past Friday peaked at 1.1 million viewers on Spike TV.  It drew another 833,000 viewers in DVR + 3 ratings.

Bellator 160 featured Benson Henderson taking on Patricio “Pitbull” Friere.  Henderson won via TKO although the stoppage occurred due to a broken fibula sustained by Pitbull.

The overnight viewership for the event was 725,000 and the DVR numbers increased the ratings by 13%.

Notably, Bellator 159 peaked at 1,015,000 viewers in July.  It increased in viewership from 668,000 viewers to 709,000.

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