TUF 26 Episode 3 draws 220,000 viewers

September 16, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26 episode 3 drew 220,000 viewers on FS1 on Wedndesday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The third episode in the new season feature coaxhes Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez coaching women to be placed in the new 125 pound women’s division.

The fight of the telecast featured Ariel Beck and Montana Stewart.  Stewart defeated Beck to move on in the tournament.

Payout Perspective:

It was the lowest rating for a first-run telecast in the history of TUF.  The show is relying more on its DVR audience than the live audience but this is a low water mark for the show.

TUF 26 Episode 1 draws 308,000 viewers on FS1

August 31, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 drew an overnight rating of 308,000 on FS1 Wednesday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

TUF Talk which aired immediately after the first airing of TUF 26 drew 93,000 viewers on FS1.  There was a replay of TUF 26 episode 1 later that night but it did not register in the top 150 cable telecasts.

TUF 26 coaches are Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez.  They are coaching the new women’s 125 pound division.  The first fight of the season featured TUF/UFC vet Roxanne Modafferi defeating Shana Dobson.

Payout Perspective:

The telecast did slightly less than TUF 24’s debut (370,000) and better than TUF 25’s debut (288,000).  The past two season debuts represent the lowest ratings for the franchise.  The slight uptick from last season may be attributed to the fact this season was just a one-hour debut.  In the past, it had been two years.  The coaches should bring some spark, but we’ll see if there is any interest.