The Ratings Buffet for the week ending July 21st

July 22, 2017

Welcome to another edition of The Ratings Buffet for the week ending July 21st.

Friday

Spike:  Bellator 181:   514,000 viewers; DVR +3: 573,000;  main event average: 775,000 peak at 912,000

Saturday

PBC on Fox 5:00pm-7:00pm ET: 886,000

HBO Boxing After Dark:
Smith v. Barerra: 683,000
Berchelt v. Miura: 617,000
Corrales v. Castellanos: 629,000

PBC on FS1 7:00pm-9:00pm ET: 277,000

Sunday

FS1: UFC Fight Night 3:00pm-5:51pm ET – 113 main card: 402,000
FS1: Prelims: 1:00pm-3:00pm ET ET284,000
FS1: Post-Fight Show: 5:51pm-7:00pm ET 222,0000

Monday

USA: Monday Night Raw (up from last week) 8pm ET 3.14 million viewers; 0.83 A18-49
USA: Monday Night Raw (up from last week) 9pm ET 3.237 million viewers; 0.91 A18-49
USA: Monday Night Raw (up from last week) 10pm ET 3.083 million viewers; 0.86 A18-49

Tuesday

USA: WWE Smackdown (up from last week) 8:00pm ET 2.548 million viewers; 0.65 A18-49 (down from last week)

Wednesday

El Rey: Lucha Underground (down from last week) 8pm ET 73,000, 0.02 A18-49; 9pm ET Replay 51,000, 0.02 A18-49

FS1: PBC on FS1 9pm – 11pm ET 190,000, 0.05 A18-49

Thursday

POP: Impact Wrestling 8:00pm ET: 322,000, 0.07 A18-49

Updated ratings for TUF 25 through Episode 11

July 6, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 25 has improved in its DVR ratings in the last several episodes.  Although Episode 12 ratings have yet to be reported, the adjusted ratings for the last two episodes show marked improvement.

Episode 10 drew 705,000 viewers in adjusted viewership ratings to include DVR viewership.  It exceeded TUF 24’s DVR #s for its 10th episode (471,000).  It drew 456,000 viewers in Live +SD ratings.

The 11th episode drew 369,000 viewers in Live +SD and 564,000 viewers in the DVR +3 ratings.  Another improvement from the DVR numbers last season, 518,000.

The Ratings Buffet for the week ending June 16th

June 16, 2017

Welcome to the second edition of The Ratings Buffet.  This week there was a UFC Fight Night on Spike TV Saturday and a PFC on FS1 event on Sunday night in addition to TUF and various wrestling programs.

Saturday

UFC Fight Night 110 on FS1:  923,000 viewers

UFC Fight Night 110 Prelims on FS1:  696,000 viewers

UFC Fight Night 110 Post Fight show on FS1: 351,000 viewers

Sunday

PBC on FS1 Sunday: 374,000 viewers for Brandon Rios-Aaron Herrera

Monday

Monday Night Raw

Hour 1: 2.769 million viewers

Hour 2: 2.522 million viewers

Hour 3: 2.335 million viewers

Countdown to Bellator NYC on Spike TV:  200,000 viewers

24/7 Ward/Kovalev 2 on HBO: 153,000 viewers

Tuesday

SmackDown: 2.072 million viewers on USA

Wednesday

TUF 25 Episode 9: 422,000 viewers

Lucha Underground: 123,000 viewers for the first showing at 8pm and 51,000 for the immediate replay at 9pm

Thursday

Impact Wresting on PopTV 327,000 viewers

TUF 25 Episode 9 draws 422,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night

June 16, 2017

TUF 25 Episode 9 drew 422,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It’s the biggest ratings of the season.

The fight of the night featured Dhiego Lima and Gilbert Smith with Lima earning the victory and moving on.

The event drew 0.16 in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen.  Per ShowBuzz Daily, an episode of House Hunters on HGTV drew 1.78 million viewers during the same time slot.

The episode was the highest rated episode for TUF since episode 7 for TUF 24 last season.

Payout Perspective:

No rhyme or reason why Wednesday’s episode drew so well.  Perhaps a lull in the schedule as The Finals and Stanley Cup ended.  Good news for TUF as they try to manage some buzz before the TUF Finale.

TUF 25 Episode 8 draws 303,000 viewers on FS1

June 8, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Episode 8 drew 303,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The show drew 0.12 viewers in the A18-49 demo.

The show featured two fights.  Hayder Hassan took care of Joe Stevenson with a first round TKO in the special wild card fight.  In the second fight of the night, Tom Gallicchio submitted Justin Edwards in the first round via RNC.

The show featured the annual coach’s challenge which was a game of tetherball in a pool with each coach having to balance on planks.  TJ Dillashaw came back to win the challenge and the money associated for him and his team.

Payout Perspective:

With Game 3 of The Finals happening the same night as TUF, it was clear that this was not going to be a night for live viewership.  Noticeably, DVR ratings are starting to increase over the course of the show, so we might be seeing people viewership pick up on the recording side.

Updated viewership ratings for Bellator 179

May 26, 2017

Last Friday’s Bellator 179 drew 659,000 viewers in overall adjusted ratings for those that watched via DVR.  In addition, the main event featuring the Bellator Debut of Rory MacDonald peaked at 955,000 viewers.

The overall main event between MacDonald and Paul Daley drew 877,000 viewers.  On Monday, Nielsen reported the event drew an overnight (Live + SD) rating of 607,000 viewers.

The event was tape-delayed from London.

Payout Perspective:

The tape-delayed event did well in viewership at nearing 1 million viewers for MacDonald’s debut is good news for the promotion.  For MacDonald, it means a new career in a new promotion.  With a reported raise from the Viacom-owned company, the change seems like the best move for The Red King.

TUF 25 Episode 6 draws 380,000 viewers

May 25, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 25 episode 6 drew 380,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Nielsen and via ShowBuzz Daily.

The episode drew 0.15 viewers in the Adult 18-49 demo.  The fight of the episode featured Ramsey Nijem versus Julian Lane.  Nijem stopped Lane despite almost being choked out on two occasions.  It featured another dustup between TJ and Cody as well as Justin Buchholz and Duane Ludwig.

While not previously reported by this site, last week’s DVR adjusted rating for Episode 5 grew to 510,000 viewers.  The DVR numbers improved from last fall’s episode 5.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings from this week make it the highest-rated episode of the season.  To think that 380,000 is the highest rated episode this season in comparison to ratings a couple years ago reflects how much the show is more geared for DVR numbers rather than live ratings.

TUF 25 Episode 5 draws 301,000 viewers

May 18, 2017

The 5th Episode of TUF 25 drew 301,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night.  The ratings are the exact same as the 5th Episode of TUF 24.

It drew a 0.13 in the Adult 18-49 demo.

Ironically, the Live + SD rating is the same of last season’s TUF 24 Episode 24.  TUF 23 Episode 5 drew 361,000 viewers.

Also of note, last week’s DVR ratings for Episode 4 drew 543,000 viewers which makes it the most-watched episode this season.

TUF 25 Ep 3 adjusted ratings up to 497,000

May 10, 2017

The adjusted ratings of episode 2 of TUF 25 drew 497,000 viewers on Live +3 according to Nielsen.  It reflects a 38% increase over its Live + SD rating of 324,000 viewers on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

Notably, the increase in DVR viewership is down from the last two seasons of TUF. But, the increase for this episode is up 53% than the past two seasons (36% and 40%).

TUF 25 Episode 2 DVR ratings increase by 38% over Live +SD

May 3, 2017

The adjusted ratings of episode 2 of TUF 25 drew 514,000 viewers on Live +3 according to Nielsen.  It reflects a 38% increase over its Live + SD rating of 372,000 viewers on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

Notably, the increase in DVR viewership is about the same with TUF 23 last spring (39% increase).  TUF 24 saw an increase of 42% this past fall.

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