Bellator 200 peaked with 804,000 viewers

June 1, 2018

Bellator 200 peaked with 804,000 viewers on The Paramount Network according to Nielsen.  The event drew 500,000 viewers in DVR +3 ratings.

Bellator 200 was tape delayed this past Friday on The Paramount Network.  The event was headlined by Gegard Mousasi as he captured the middleweight title from Raphael Carvalho.

The additional viewership reflects a 16% increase from the Live + SD rating of 421,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

I am a bit surprised that the DVR numbers did not increase the overall viewership more.  This could be a condition of the tape delay and the knowledge of the results prior to the event airing on Paramount.  For an event that was to be a milestone for the company, viewers treated like an ordinary Bellator event.

TUF 27 episode 6 draws 196,000 viewers.

May 24, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter season 27 episode 6 drew 196,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It is the third episode this season under 200,000 viewers.

In the fight of the episode, Team Cormier’s Ricky Steele defeated Team Miocic’s Suman Mokhtarian via unanimous decision.

Payout Perspective:

TUF 25’s episode 6 last spring drew 372,000 viewers and TUF 26’s episode 6 drew 242,000 viewers.  The telecast went up against the NBA Playoffs on TNT and Game 7 of the NHL Hockey Playoffs on NBC Sports Network.  Still, its hard not to see that live viewership is waning as most are recording and watching for later.

TUF 27 Episode 5 draws 176,000 viewers

May 17, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 27 Episode 5 drew 176,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The telecast saw Team Stipe Miocic get its first win of the season as Mike Trizano defeated Team Cormier’s Thai Clark.

The event drew 0.06 in the A18-49 demo.

TUF 27 Episodes

Ep                         Live + SD          DVR+3               Change

1                           201,000              298,000              +48%

2                           186,000              296,000              +59%

3                           246,000              366,000              +48% 

4                           207,000              357,000              +72%

5                           176,000

Payout Perspective:

It’s clear that the viewership is being gained via DVR watching.  Episode 5 was the lowest of this season and its likely due in part to the shift in viewership habits to recording the episode and watching later.  Last year’s Episode 5 of TUF 25 drew 301,000 viewers and TUF 26’s Episode 5 drew 220,000 viewers.

TUF 27 Episode 4 draws 207,000 viewers

May 10, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 27 Episode 4 on FS1 drew 207,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The event drew 0.10 in the A18-49 demo.

The fight of the show featured Bryce Mitchell as he took on Jay Cucciniello.  Mitchell defeated Cucciniello by unanimous decision.  Also on the show, the cameras followed Luis Pena as he faced a potential issue with ending his stint on the show.  It was revealed that Pena would have to pull out of his chance to be The Ultimate Fighter due to a fractured foot.

Payout Perspective:

The telecast did slightly better than the season debut which does not say much in terms of ratings.  Last year, TUF 25 drew 348,000 viewers for its fourth episode.  TUF 26 drew 261,000 viewers for episode 4.  Thus far, live viewership is taking a hit this season.  If there is some excuse, Game 5 of the Philadelphia-Boston series occurred at the same time on TNT and drew nearly 6 million viewers.

TUF 27 Episode 1 draws 200,000 viewers

April 19, 2018

The debut of The Ultimate Fighter 27 featuring coaches Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic on FS1 drew 200,000 viewers Wednesday.  The telecast is the lowest debut yet for the TUF franchise.

Last spring’s TUF 25 drew 288,000 viewers with coaches T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.  This fall’s TUF 26 drew 308,000 with coaches Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez.

Payout Perspective:

The episode went up against the NBA Playoff game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets on TNT which was the highest telecast on cable Wednesday night drawing over 3.4 million viewers.  Even with the competition, it’s clear that the TUF franchise is one where you have to look to the DVR numbers to see how many people are really tuning in.  The declining live numbers reflect the shift in how viewers watch this franchise.

Bellator 195 peaked at 745,00 viewers

March 8, 2018

Bellator 195 peaked with 745,000 viewers on Friday night on the Paramount Network.

The event featured Darrion Caldwell’s defense of his featherweight title as he submitted Leonard Higo in the very first round.

The ratings are on par with the past three Bellator telecasts, none of which surpassed 500,000 viewers.  The peak viewership is on par with the last 3 as well.

Bellator 192 DVR ratings bump event average to 1M total viewers

January 26, 2018

Bellator 192 averaged 1 million viewers peaking with 1.5 million during the Chael Sonnen-Rampage Jackson fight according to Nielsen in DVR + 3 ratings.  The numbers reflect the combination of Paramount and CMT.

The average viewership for the Sonnen-Jackson fight drew 1.4 million viewers while the Rory MacDonald-Douglas Lima fight drew 1.2 million viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The numbers do not divide out the Parmount and CMT ratings although I would suspect that Paramount’s peak viewership would include most of the former Spike TV audience.  In Live + Same Day Viewership Bellator 192 drew 770,000 viewers on Paramount and 161,000 on CMT.  The Sonnen-Rampage first round averaged 1.2m viewers while MacDonald-Lima averaged 1.1 million viewers.  The numbers do show that this event was recorded in light of the UFC and/or boxing events on at the same time.

UPDATED: UFC Fresno ratings: main card peaks at start of telecast

December 13, 2017

Updated ratings information from UFC Fight Night Fresno on FS1 Saturday night show that the card peaked at 1,037,000 viewers from 10:15-10:30pm ET according to Nielsen.

The prelims peaked at 826,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night during the last quarter hour, 9:45pm-10pm ET according to Nielsen.

From our original post:

UFC Fight Night 123 drew 870,000 viewers on FS1 Saturday night.  The Prelims which preceded the main card drew 707,000 viewers.

The main card featured Brian Ortega and Cub Swanson in the main event.  The 185-minute UFC Fight Night 123 drew 0.32 in the A18-49 demo.  The two-hour prelim card drew 0.21 in the A18-49 demo.

The post-show on FS1 drew 315,000 viewers.  The 60-minute show which started after the main card drew 0.13 in the A18-49 demo.

The main card was up 16% in comparison to Q4’s UFC Fight Night average of 753,000 viewers.  On Fox Sports Go and Fox Now, the telecast average minute audience was 8,036.

Payout Perspective:

The updated ratings show that many that many people watched the end of the prelims and then the beginning of the main card and then the viewership went down from there.  The featured fight on the prelims was Alexis Davis pulling out a split decision against Liz Carmouche.  The first fight of the main card was a entertaining fight between Benito Lopez and Albert Moralex.  It could be due to the start of the Lomachenko-Rigo fight which started around 11pm ET (during the Eryk Anders-Marcus Perez fight).  Anders-Perez was the second fight on the main card.

TUF 26 Episode 12 draws 220,000 viewers on FS1

November 30, 2017

The season finale of season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter drew 220,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night. It’s one of the lowest (if not the lowest) live + SD rating for the TUF franchise.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, it drew 0.09 in the A18-49 demo.

In the last fight of the season to determine who will fight in the live Finale on Friday night Sijara Eubanks defeated Roxanne Modafferi to earn her right to the TUF Finale.  It would have meant two of the lowest seeds (Nicco Montano is the other finalist) in the house squaring off for the inaugural Flyweight title.  However, due to weight cutting issues, Eubanks was forced to pull out and Modafferi was inserted into the final slot.

Payout Perspective:

Wednesday night’s show was not in the usual 10pm ET time slot as the replay of episode 11 aired and the new episode aired in the 11pm ET slot.  The ratings for this season were quite low with an average of 237,000 viewers for live viewership and the lowest rating ever for a first-run episode of TUF.  The fall TUF season is a hard sell due to Major League Baseball’s postseason as the show takes a week or so off due to conflicts and/or the World Series.  DVR ratings have helped bolster the viewership by almost 40 to 50% of the live viewing each week.

TUF 26 Episode 11 draws 273,000 viewers on FS1

November 27, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Episode 11 drew 273,000 viewers last Wednesday  on FS1 per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, it drew 0.09 in the Adult 18-49 category.  It was the penultimate episode of the season with Barb Honchak taking on Nicco Montano one semifinal.  The 14th seed Montano scored another upset as she defeated the 2nd seeded Honchak.  Montano will face the winner of the Roxanne Modafferi-Sijara Eubanks fight airing on the season finale of TUF 26.

Payout Perspective:

We will update the DVR numbers from the last couple weeks later this week.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually a tough time for viewership although TUF rebounds from an all-time low last week of 158,000 viewers.  Last year, TUF 24’s 11th episode which also took place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving drew 304,000 viewers.  The night belonged to the NBA with the two games on ESPN drawing the top two spots for cable watchers.

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