TUF Finale 28 main card draws 399,000 viewers on FS1

December 3, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale drew 399,000 viewers on FS1 Friday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The prelims which preceded the event drew 353,000 viewers.

The main card saw Kamaru Usman defeat Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.  There was a slight overrun for the event.  In addition, two TUF champions were crowned in Juan Espino and Macy Chiasson.

The TUF 28 post-fight show on FS1 drew 139,000 at 1:07am ET on FS1.

In the final bout of the prelims, Kevin Aguilar defeated Rick Glenn by unanimous decision.

Payout Perspective:

The finale drew over 100,000 less viewers last year for the main card.  It fell off only slightly from the prelims.  The ratings may be due to a heavy-sports Friday night as well as the unfortunate slow-demise of this series.  While there were other interesting fights the show, it looks like fight fans were not interested in back-to-back UFC cards.

Usman, RDA top TUF Finale payouts

December 3, 2018

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has disclosed the payroll from Friday night’s TUF Finale from The Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas.

In a losing effort, Rafael dos Anjos had the biggest purse payout in $110,000 but Kamaru Usman made the highest overall purse on the card making $150,000 with $75,000 to show and $75,000 to win.

Via MMA Junkie:

Kamaru Usman: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $110,000

Juan Espino: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Frazier: $15,000

Macy Chiasson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Pannie Kianzad: $15,000

Pedro Munhoz: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Caraway: $21,000

Edmen Shahbazyan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Stewart: $22,000

Antonina Shevchenko: $36,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Ji Yeon Kim: $14,000*

Kevin Aguilar: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Glenn: $20,000**

Joseph Benavidez: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Perez: $22,000

Maurice Green: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Michel Batista: $10,000

Leah Letson: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Julia Stoliarenko: $10,000

Roosevelt Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darrell Horcher: $15,000

Tim Means: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. Ricky Rainey: $14,000

Raoni Barcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Gutierrez: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

Usman also received a $50,000 bonus which makes it a great night of earning for the welterweight.  The first asterisk notes that Kim, who lost to Antonina Shevchenko, forfeited $6,000 of her purse for missing weight.  The second asterisk notes that Glenn, who also lost, forfeited $5,000 of his show money for missing weight.  Also of note, it looks as though the TUF contestants made a little more than in previous TUF finales.

Usman heads up TUF 28 Finale bonuses

December 1, 2018

The TUF 28 Finale took place on Friday at The Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Kamaru Usman defeated Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event and Usman also scored with a performance bonus.

There was no fight of the night which but Usman, Benavidez, Juan Espino and Roosevelt Roberts earned $50,000 performance bonuses.  Notably, Espino won the TUF 28 Heavyweight bout with Justin Frazier to become this season’s Ultimate Fighter.  In the other TUF event of the evening Macy Chiasson defeated Pannie Kianzad to be the women’s featherweight Ultimate Fighter.

The event took place at the intimate Pearl Theater which drew 2,020 for a gate of $204,600.

The numbers were disclosed by the UFC post-event.

Payout Perspective:

Seven stoppages on the evening which made the bonuses a little hard to choose from but also a quicker evening than usual.  Usman should be in line for a major fight after dominating the former lightweight champion.

The finale episode of TUF 28 draws 140,000 viewers

November 29, 2018

The last episode of The Ultimate Fighter 28 on FS1 drew 140,000 viewers via Nieslen.  The 12th and final episode of this season was also the last on the network.

In the last fight of the episode, Macy Chiasson defeated Leah Letson to win the last spot to be in the TUF Finale which will happen Friday.  Chiasson won via TKO in the very first round.  She will face Pannie Kianzad in the women’s Featherweight final.

 

TUF 28
Live + SD
Episode 1 186,000
Episode 2 195,000
Episode 3 183,000
Episode 4 205,000
Episode 5 174,000
Episode 6 173,000
Episode 7 128,000
Episode 8 147,000
Episode 9 119,000
Episode 10 152,000
Episode 11 159,000
Episode 12 140,000

Payout Perspective:

The episode was the last in the TUF Gym as another one will be built when the promotion moves to ESPN.  It’s still not known about the future of the TUF franchise.  Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series has seemingly taken over the spot as the show for up-and-coming fighters looking to make their break into the UFC.  While the coaching dynamic was interesting at first, the novelty has worn off as the ratings for this series has fallen off and even the DVR ratings have waned.  In the end, it was a great way to introduce the product to fans and brought the reality television aspect to a casual viewing audience, but with the inundation of the product, we have readjusted our expectation of ratings.

TUF 28 Episode 10 draws 152,000 viewers

November 15, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 28 episode 10 saw a slight uptick from its season low from last week with 152,000 viewers on FS1.  The season average for live viewing of TUF 28 is 167,000 viewers.

The fight of the telecast saw Julija Stoliarenko fight Pannie Kianzad in the semifinal to see who would fight in the women’s TUF finale in December.   Kianzad won via unanimous decision.

Also, the telecast saw the continued spiral of Maurice Greene as he tried to curb his drinking problem.  Coach Gastelum and the staff tried to stick with him.  The episode also saw the fighters go to a waterpark.

 

TUF 28 Live + SD
Episode 1 186,000
Episode 2 195,000
Episode 3 183,000
Episode 4 205,000
Episode 5 174,000
Episode 6 173,000
Episode 7 128,000
Episode 8 147,000
Episode 9 119,000
Episode 10 152,000

Payout Perspective:

The 167,000 viewers is a modest increase from last week’s all-time low.  The live viewership is low and it has only surpassed 205,000 viewers once this season.

TUF 28 Episode 9 draws 119,000 viewers on FS1

November 8, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 28 Episode 9 drew 119,000 viewers on FS1 per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It is the lowest-rated episode of the season and likely the series since it came to Fox.

Live + SD
Episode 1 186,000
Episode 2 195,000
Episode 3 183,000
Episode 4 205,000
Episode 5 174,000
Episode 6 173,000
Episode 7 128,000
Episode 8 147,000
Episode 9 119,000

The fight of the telecast saw Justin Frazier stop Michel Batista to move on to the heavyweight finals.  The telecast also showed the ongoing saga with Maurice Greene’s drinking problems in the house.

Payout Perspective:

This series is becoming more of DVR show that something that people watch live.  The 119,000 viewers is a big drop from the week prior.  One would think that the show ratings would ramp going into the finals but that has not been the case.

TUF 28 episode 8 draws 147,000 viewers

November 2, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter’s return to FS1 drew just 147,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

TUF’s featured fight of the episode saw Macy Chiasson defeated Larissa Pacheco in a women’s featherweight matchup.

Chiasson will take on Leah Letson in the tournament semifinals which will culminate at the TUF Finale in December.

Payout Perspective:

The telecast was the lowest-rated of the season and this may be attributed to the layoff after The World Series.  The layoffs don’t help out with the season as we all prepare for how this will be repackaged on ESPN.

TUF 28 Episode 5 draws 174,000 viewers on FS1

September 27, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 28 episode 5 drew 174,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night via Nielsen according to ShowBuzz Daily.

The fight of the telecast saw Michel Batista dominate Josh Parisian for a two round unanimous decision.

Episode 5 is the lowest-rated TUF 28 episode to date coming off of the highest-rated Live +SD TUF 28 episode.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings thus far reflect the lack of interest in watching this show live.  Rather, it seems to pick up its most viewers when people record it.  We shall see what becomes of the franchise when it moves to ESPN.

TUF 28 Episode 4 draws 205,000 viewers

September 23, 2018

TUF 28 Episode 4 drew 205,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

On the fight of the telecast, Julija Stoliarenko submitted Marciea Allen in the first round in a matchup of women’s featherweights.

Payout Perspective:

Perhaps not the most impressive live rating but it’s the highest episode rating thus far.  Based on its increases with the DVR ratings, it should be near 400,000 viewers.  The episodes have been typical of TUF but still pretty entertaining.

TUF 28 Episode 3 draws 183,000 viewers

September 13, 2018

The third episode of TUF 28 on FS1 drew 183,000 viewers Wednesday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It is the lowest live plus SD rating of this season.

The fight of the event saw Justin Frazier defeat Anderson da Silva in an upset of heavyweights.  The Glory kickboxing veteran was the favorite in this matchup but he was dominated by Frazier.  da Silva was the number 1 pick of Team Whittaker.

The telecast was the lowest-rated episode 3 ever.

Payout Perspective:

The good news is that the ratings are increase almost 50% with each DVR rating.  However, when the live viewership is under 200,000, it does not say too much about the dedicated viewership.  We will see if the ratings increase as the season goes along.

 

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