Bellator 162 draws 582,000 viewers

October 24, 2016

Bellator 162 drew 582,000 viewers on Spike TV Friday night per Sports TV Ratings.  It’s a slight decrease of over 15% from Bellator 161.

In the main event, Alexander Shlemenko defeated Kendall Grove in the main event.  According to Sports TV Ratings, it drew 259,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.


Payout Perspective:

College Football ruled Friday night with the Oregon-Cal game on ESPN drawing over 1.5 million viewers despite the fact it went into the middle of the night.  Prior to that, the South Florida-Temple game drew 1.3 million viewers.  While there were some interesting matchups and the first of likely many promos between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen, there was nothing to tune into that you would have regretted missing.

TUF 24 Episode 7 scores second-highest Live+SD rating of season

October 13, 2016

The Ultimate Fighter 24 Episode 7 drew 439,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Sports TV Ratings.  It was the second-highest ratings of the season for the show.

The episode featured the coach’s challenge which involved golfing this season.  It gave a chance for the showcase TopGolf in Las Vegas.

In the fight of the show, Tim Elliott submitted Charlie Allianz with a bulldog choke.

The episode drew 253,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.  It’s the highest rating in the demo this season.



Payout Perspective:

It was the start of the NHL season but there was no MLB playoffs for TUF to compete with on Wednesday.  This season’s episode improved from last year’s TUF 22 ep 7 which drew 379,000 viewers.  Last season, ep 7 drew 377,000.  The 439,000 viewers is second in ratings this season only to episode 3.

TUF 24 Episode DVR increases to 574,000 viewers

October 12, 2016

The Ultimate Fighter 24 Episode 5 increased to 574,000 in DVR +3 adjusted viewership via Nielsen.

Last week’s episode drew 366,000 viewers in live plus same day viewership on FS1.  It increased 37% from last Wednesday.

The average DVR + 3 rating is 594,500.  It averages an increase of approximately 40% from the Live + SD rating.


UFC 204 PPV Prelims draws 678,000

October 11, 2016

The UFC 204 Prelims drew 678,000 viewers on FS1 on Saturday night per Sports TV Ratings.  It is the lowest rated FS1 PPV Prelims thus far this year.

The event, which was held in Manchester, England featured Brad Pickett and Iuri Alcantara in the final event of the FS1 Prelims.  Alcantara won via submission.  The event also was featured at the end of the PPV telecast.

The event also scored 368,000 viewers in the Adult 18-49 demo.


*Note that in the above chart UFC 201 aired on FS2 and not FS1.

The PPV prefight show which aired prior to the prelims on FS1 drew 277,000 viewers and 114,000 in the Adult 18-49 demo.  The post-fight show which aired on FS2 from 12:25am-2:00am drew 37,000 viewers and 16,000 in the Adult 18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The viewership was down which may be due in part to college football and the card.  It is a decrease from the other prelims which have averaged over 1M viewers (minus 201 and thanks to some big cards this year).  FS1 had bundled the prelims along with college football in its ads leading up to Saturday.  However, it appears that a lot of the casual viewers watched college games.

WSOF 33 draws 146,000 viewers on NBCSN

October 10, 2016

World Series of Fighting 33 drew 146,000 viewers on Friday night on NBC Sports Network according to Sports TV Ratings.

In addition, it drew 51,000 viewers in the Adult 18-49 demo.  The event featured David Branch and Vinny Magalhaes with Branch earning the win.  The event aired from 11:00pm-2:00am ET.


Payout Perspective:

The late night event for east coast viewers probably led to the decline in ratings.  Aside from WSOF 31, this past Friday’s event was the lowest of the year.

TUF 24 Episode 6 draws 366,000 viewers

October 6, 2016

TUF 24 Episode 6 drew 366,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Sports TV Ratings.  It’s an increase over last week’s episode.

In the fight of the show, Matt “Danger” Schnell defeated Matt Rizzo via submission.


The episode is down from last fall’s TUF 22 Ep 6 (585,000) and last spring’s TUF 23 Ep 6 (444,000).

Payout Perspective:

You might remember Schnell from the MTV reality show about MMA fighters a couple years back.  It was a very entertaining fight if you had a chance to watch.  As for the ratings, it went up against the MLB Wild Card game featuring the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets which drew 7.4 million viewers on ESPN per Sports TV Ratings.

TUF 24 Episode 5 DVR+3 ratings: 492,000

October 5, 2016

The 5th episode of TUF 24 on FS1 drew 492,000 in DVR + 3 ratings according to Nielsen.  Last Wednesday’s episode was the lowest rated of the season.

Likely due to the low Live + SD rating, we get the lowest DVR rating of the season.  The rise in the DVR rating is actually more than the increases in the first two episodes this seasons.



UFC Fight Night 96 draws 657,000 viewers

October 4, 2016

UFC Fight Night 96 drew 657,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night according to Sports TV Ratings.  It’s the lowest-rated Fight Night since May’s UFC Fight Night 87.

The event started an hour later than most, 11pm ET, due to college football and ran until 1:26 am ET.  The main event featured John Lineker and John Dodson with Lineker taking a split decision.

The main card drew 394,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.

The prelims drew 294,000 viewers which was the lowest-rating of the year.  It drew 151,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.

The post-fight show on FS1 drew 250,000 viewers (139,000 A18-49) from 1:25-2:25am ET per Sports TV Ratings.

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
UFC Fight Night 94 826,000 637,000
UFC Fight Night 95 1,109,000 582,000
UFC Fight Night 96 657,000 294,000

Payout Perspective:

It’s likely the ratings took a dip due to the late start and college football.  Flyweights as a main event may have also contributed to the lower ratings.

TUF 24 Episode 5 draws 301,000 viewers

September 29, 2016

The 5th Episode of TUF 24 drew 301,000 viewers according to Sports TV Ratings.  The episode is the lowest-rated of the season.

The episode first aired Wednesday night on FS1 at 10-11pm ET.  It drew 189,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.  Notably, MLB on ESPN drew more viewers in the same time slot.

In the fight of the show, Ronaldo Candido submitted Jaime Alvarez.

The 5th Episode is lower than last fall’s TUF 22’s which drew 498,000.  It is also lower than this past spring’s TUF 23 which drew 361,000 viewers for episode 5.


Payout Perspective:

The episode saw another Harley-Davidson product placement with Travis Browne showing up at the house with motorcycles. This season is fine but it lacks a sufficient amount of interesting known characters to garner steady live viewership. The DVR numbers bump are on par with past seasons but the live +SD ratings are sagging this season.

TUF 24 Episode 4 DVR+3 up to 584,000

September 28, 2016

Last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 24 drew 584,000 viewers on a Live +3 basis which represents almost a 50% increase from its Live + Same Day rating.’


Payout Perspective:

The DVR ratings are the lowest for the season although its increase is on par with what it usually gains from recorded viewership.

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