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.


TUF 28 Episode 2 draws 195,000 viewers on FS1

September 6, 2018

Episode 2 of the Ultimate Fighter 28 on FS1 drew 195,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The second episode was higher than the two previous episode 2s for TUFs.

The fight of the episode saw Pannie Kianzad take on Katharina Lehner in the first Featherweight match.  Kianzad defeated Lehner via unanimous decision.

Payout Perspective:

The second episode of the season saw better ratings than the two previous seasons.  Last week’s episode saw a 50% increase over Live + SD with 279,000 viewers.  Look for increases in recording once again with this episode.

TUF 28 debut draws 186,000 viewers

August 30, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter 28’s debut on FS1 drew 186,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night via Nielsen according to ShowBuzz Daily.  This season features coaches Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum and features Featherweight Women and Heavyweight male contestants.

The featured fight of the first episode saw Maurice Greene take on Przemyslaw Mysiala.  Greene took out Mysiala via KO in the first round.

The 186,000 is less than last season’s 200K debut.  TUF 26 last fall drew 308K for its debut.

Payout Perspective:

 This is the last season of TUF on FS1 and it will be interesting to see the types of changes the TUF Franchise will go through when it moves to ESPN.  Even with a robust DVR boost, this season is off to a poor-ratings start.