UFC announces next TUF season on FS1

January 18, 2016

The UFC announced the next season of The Ultimate Fighter franchise on Sunday with UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejcyk coaching opposite Claudia Gadelha.  The season will coach light heavyweight and strawweights with the season starting April 20th on FS1.

The series will culminate on July 8th in Las Vegas as part of International Fight Week with a fight between the coaches for Jedrzejcyk’s strawweight championship.

Via UFC press release:

The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia will kick-off on FS1 on Wednesday, April 20 with a two-hour season premiere airing at 10 p.m. ET as 32 competitors fight for one of 16 slots – eight in each weight class – available to be coached by two of the sport’s best. The season will continue with 11 one-hour shows Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. The series is the highest rated and most watched original program since the network’s inception in August 2013.

Payout Perspective:

The series is a staple of FS1 programming and if the press release is correct, is very popular on the network.  Of course, it is not comparing it to TUF when it was on Spike TV.  Then again, that was a long time ago when MMA was not on television as much as it is now.  The series should help with the profile of Joanna Jedrzejcyk as she is a great fighter and personality which will hopefully show throughout the series.  With Ronda Rousey working on outside-MMA projects, Jedrzejcyk and Holly Holm will be pushed to help with the women’s demo.  The Polish fighter should help with international fans as well.

The other news here is that we have some news on the events on International Fight Week which culminates with UFC 200.  There will be at least one other show the same weekend as UFC 200.  We will see if the UFC attempts to hold 3 shows as it did this past December.

UPDATED TUF 22 Finale draws 883,000; Prelims 809,000

December 14, 2015

The TUF 22 Finale Friday night on FS1 drew an average viewership of 883,000 viewers via Sports TV Ratings.  The prelims which preceded the main card drew an average viewership of 809,000 viewers.

UPDATED:  via Nielsen the FS1 UFC 194 Weigh-Ins drew 149,000 in the A18-49 category more than doubled last December’s event (145,000 and 75,000 A18-49). The prelims scored 463,000 viewers in the 18-49 category which was an increase of 13% from last fall.  The main card was up 2% (552,000 vs. 539,000) in the A18-49 category from last December’s TUF Finale.  The peak viewership for the main card was 991K during the main event.

The 2 hour UFC 194 weigh-ins which occurred prior to the prelims (6:00pm-8:00pm ET) on FS1 drew 294,000 viewers.

The TUF 22 Finale featured Frankie Edgar’s KO of Chad Mendes in the first round.  The event aired from 10:00pm-1:08am ET on FS1.  The prelims featured Gabriel Gonzaga defeating Konstantin Erokhin in a less than pleasing fight. The prelims were from 8:00pm-10:00pm ET.

In comparison, the TUF 21 Finale drew 691,000 viewers and the prelims drew 470,000.

Recent TUF Finale ratings:

TUF 18 (December 2013):  1.13M viewers, Prelims 938,000

TUF 19 (July 2014): 1 million viewers, Prelims 774,000

TUF 20 (December 2014): 989,000, Prelims 719,000

TUF 21 (July 2015): 691,000, Prelims 470,000

TUF 22 (December 2015): 883,000, Prelims 809,000

Payout Perspective:

The main card did lower in ratings than the past two Decembers.  The main card was the 4th highest rated sports event on cable TV Friday night with the NBA on ESPN drawing the top two spots followed by Pardon the Interruption.  The prelims drew well and probably were aided by the weigh-in show for UFC 194.

TUF 22 Finale gate and bonuses

December 12, 2015

MMA Junkie reports the gate and bonuses from the TUF 22 Finale held on Friday night at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.  Tony Ferguson earned two performances bonuses for his win against Edson Barboza.

Ferguson and Barboza earned Fight of the Night while Frankie Edgar earned a performance bonus for his first round KO of Chad Mendes.  Ferguson submitted Barboza in their bout on the second night of fights at the venue.

The event drew a gate of $450,000.  No attendance figure was revealed as of yesterday.

Payout Perspective:

Curious that there was no attendance figure revealed but the $450,000 gate is big for a small venue.  The night prior for UFC Fight Night 80, it drew approximately 1,600 for a gate of $234,000.  Thus, the gate more than doubled Friday which is an impressive showing for a venue that probably maxes out at 2,500 fans.

TUF 22 Episode 12 draws 595K viewers

December 10, 2015

The last episode of TUF 22 drew 595,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night in its first showing on the network.  It is the second highest rating for the season.

The rating reflects the third consecutive week in which it has gained viewership.  The season-ending episode is also the best rating in three seasons for the TUF series.

The episode featured the fights to get onto the card tomorrow.  Of course, due to visa issues, the fight for Friday’s final will be Ryan Hall taking on Artem Lobov.  The episode also featured a cameo by Jose Aldo which is fortuitous since he will be fighting Conor McGregor Saturday.

Episode 12

Payout Perspective:

The average rating for the season was 522,00 viewers which was the best for the past 3 seasons.  TUF 18, Rousey-Tate averaged 684,000 viewers.  The good news is that the highest ratings were the first and last episode.  Thus, it shows at least a modicum of stability with the season as you might deduce that people stayed with the season rather than tail off as you might conclude in past seasons.  While it’s not the ratings we saw during the Rashad-Rampage season on Spike, it was a very good season.

TUF 22 Episode 11 draws 528,000 viewers

December 3, 2015

The penultimate episode of TUF 22 drew 528,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night in its first showing on the network.  The rating reflects the second straight week in which the ratings have improved.

The 11th episode bested the 11th episode for TUF 21 by 18% (433,000 viewers).

The show featured two more fights including David Teymur taking on training partner Marcin Wrzosek.  It was Wrzosek earning the majority decision after two rounds

TUF 22 Ratings
Live +SD
Episode 1 622,000
Episode 2 463,000
Episode 3 533,000
Episode 4 538,000
Episode 5 498,000
Episode 6 585,000
Episode 7 379,000
Episode 8 539,000
Episode 9 495,000
Episode 10 499,000
Episode 11 528,000

The replay on FS1 which aired 11pm-12pm PT drew another 73,000 viewers.  This was a decrease from last week’s 91,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

Through 11 episodes the average rating for TUF 22 is at 516,000 viewers per first showing.  This is an improvement over TUF 20 and TUF 21.  We shall see if the season finale builds momentum going into a big week for the UFC next week.

TUF 22 Episode 10 draws 499,000 viewers

November 30, 2015

The 10th episode of TUF 22 drew an average rating of 499,000 viewers on Wednesday night on FS1 according to Sports TV Ratings.  The same night replay from 10-11pm on the west coast did another 91,000 viewers.

The new episode airing the night before Thanksgiving was better than TUF 21’s 10th episode (450,000) but less than last fall’s TUF 20 which drew 534,000 viewers.

There were two fights on this show.  In the first fight Artem Lobov defeated the returning Chris Gruetzemacher who was just back in the house due to an injury to Martin Svensson.  Lobov KO’d Gruetzemacher.  In the second fight Saul Rogers won a unanimous decision over jiu jitsu specialist Ryan Hall.  It was an impressive showing by Rogers to stop Hall from taking him to the ground.

TUF 22 Ratings
Live +SD
Episode 1 622,000
Episode 2 463,000
Episode 3 533,000
Episode 4 538,000
Episode 5 498,000
Episode 6 585,000
Episode 7 379,000
Episode 8 539,000
Episode 9 495,000
Episode 10 499,000

Payout Perspective:

It should be noted that the replay of this episode did very well.  The rating was very good considering many people were either traveling for the holiday or getting ready for it.  The number may reflect people staying home the night before Thanksgiving.  Still, it did not do as well as last year.

TUF 22 Episode 9 draws 495,000 viewers

November 20, 2015

The 9th episode of TUF 22 drew an average viewership rating of 495,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night.  It was the highest rated 9th episode ever on FS1 per Fox Sports.

According to Fox Sports, it beat spring’s 9th episode by 38%, last fall by 19%, spring 2014 by 3% and fall of 2013 by 2%.

In addition, TUF 22 Episode 8 drew 742,000 in DVR+3 ratings which was up 38% from Live+SD and up 31% from spring episode 8.

The 9th episode was the coach’s challenge.  This year it featured McGregor and Faber dropping watermelons out of helicopters onto targets.  Faber came out victorious for his team and coaches.  In the fight of the show, Abner Lloveras of Team McGregor defeated Jason Gonzalez of Team Faber.

UFC TUF 22 through ep 9

Payout Perspective:

Having near 500K viewers as the best for a 9th episode of this series on FS1 reflects the change in viewership habits of fans since coming to FS1. Whether you think it is good or bad, the series still draws a steady audience.  Moreover, the amount of viewers watching the show this far into the season is a good sign that McGregror/Faber are retaining an audience.  The good news is that it is steady this year with an average at around 516,000 viewers.

TUF 22 Episode 8 draws 539,000 viewers

November 13, 2015

The 8th episode of TUF 22 drew an average viewership of 539,000 in its first run on Wednesday night on FS1.  The rating is a 30% boost from last week’s lowest-rated episode of the season.

The episode rating is the third highest of the season and brings the average viewership up to 520,000 viewers. The replay of TUF on Wednesday night drew an additional 55,000 viewers.  Last week, the replay of episode 7 drew 50,000 viewers.

Episode 8

TUF went up against the Clippers/Mavericks game on ESPN which drew 1.73M viewers and was the highest rated sporting event on cable TV Wednesday night.

(h/t: Sports TV Ratings)

TUF 22 Ratings
Live +SD DVR +3
Episode 1 622,000 902,000
Episode 2 463,000 740,000
Episode 3 533,000 769,000
Episode 4 538,000 845,000
Episode 5 498,000 720,000
Episode 6 585,000 919,000
Episode 7 379,000
Episode 8 539,000

Payout Perspective:

The ratings reflect a bounce back for TUF as last week may have suffered from the hiatus of a week. The viewership shows a rebound but perhaps some concern over the west coast viewers for the second showing of the episode which aired 10-11pm PT.

TUF 22 Episode 7 draws lowest rating of season

November 5, 2015

TUF 22 drew an average viewership of just 379,000 on FS1 Wednesday night per Sports TV Ratings.  It’s the lowest live viewership of the season.

TUF 22 just came back from a week’s hiatus due to the World Series.  The NBA on ESPN featuring New York and Cleveland in game 1 drew 2.296 million viewers (8:05-10:34pm ET) and game 2 featured the LA Clippers playing Golden State (10:34pm-1:24am ET).  The second game between the bitter rivals drew 2.85 million viewers which was tops for sports cable programming Wednesday night.  Notably, the west coast showing of episode 7 on FS1 drew just 50,000 more viewers from 10pm-11pm PT per Sports TV Ratings.

In the fight of the show, Martin Svensson of Team Conor submitted Than Le of Team Faber.

Episode 7

Payout Perspective:

Perhaps the hiatus and the NBA hurt the return of a new episode of TUF.  The low rating draws down the season average to 516,000 viewers.  Notably, this season has about the same average through 7 episodes as it did last fall’s TUF 20.  It is doing better than last spring’s TUF 21.

TUF 22 Episode 6 draws 585,000 viewers

October 22, 2015

TUF 22 episode 6 airing Wednesday night on FS1 drew 585,000 viewers per Sports TV Ratings.  After a week hiatus, it’s a 15% increase from episode 5.

In the fight of the episode, Baghdad beat Erosa.  We also saw friction between the teams and T.J. Dillashaw made a visit to the show.

UFC TUF 22 through ep 6

Payout Perspective:

The Live + SD average is up to 540,000 viewers.  It’s the second highest viewership of this season.  With a week away due to baseball, TUF 22 did well despite the MLB Playoffs on TBS.  The Mets-Cubs Game 4 drew near 8 million viewers at the same time as TUF.

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