TUF 21 Episode 5: 340,000

May 21, 2015

The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 4 drew an overnight rating of 340,000 viewers for a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 category for adults per Sports TV Ratings.  The rating was good enough to be the highest rated show on FS1 on Wednesday.

The show included an appearance by Anthony Johnson and featured a fight between Hayder Hasaan and Andrews Nakahara.  Hasaan scored a stoppage for the first win by ATT.

TUF 21

Episode 1 – 490,000 live + Same Day

Episode 2 – 454,000

Episode 3 – 364,000

Episode 4 – 286,000

Episode 5 – 340,000

TUF 21 Episode 5

Payout Perspective:

The season average climbed up to 387,000 which is below many other seasons of TUF.  Of course, when put in perspective that it was the highest-rated show on FS1 for Wednesday, there is still value for the program.  NHL and NBA Playoffs were at the top of sports on cable for Wednesday night with the Cavaliers/Hawks game receiving 6.84 million viewers.

TUF 21 Episode 4 gains extra 129K viewers via Live +3 numbers

May 20, 2015

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Episode 3 drew an additional viewership of 160,000 viewership in Live +3 ratings which brought the show up to 524,000 viewers according to Nielsen sources.

The average viewership bump for Wednesday’s show is at 174,000 viewers.  The average Live +3 (or DVR +3 rating) is 573,000 viewers.

Episode 1 – 490,000, DVR +3 704,000; Gain +214,000

Episode 2 – 454,000, DVR +3 646,000; Gain +192,000

Episode 3 – 364,000, DVR +3 524,000; Gain +160,000

Episode 4 – 286,000, DVR +3 415,000; Gain +129,000

TUF 21 Episode 4 + DVR

Payout Perspective: If we are to look at the bright side of these numbers, the same TUF episode is being played again during the week on FS1.  Thus, the viewership should be more than this.  Still, these numbers are poor compared to previous seasons.

TUF 21 Episode 4 draws 286,000 viewers

May 18, 2015

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Episode 4 drew just 286,000 viewers on FS1 this past Wednesday.  It’s the lowest rating this season for the show.

TUF 21

Episode 1 – 490,000 live + Same Day

Episode 2 – 454,000

Episode 3 – 364,000

Episode 4 – 286,000

TUF 21 Ep 4

The TUF 21 early average sits at a lowly 399,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

A game 7 in the NHL between Washington-New York and two NBA playoff series likely spelled the poor ratings for the first showing of TUF 21.  It’s clear that the focus for the network is that series does well overall (i.e., focus on DVR ratings) rather than look at the Wednesday night ratings.  The concern for FS1 is that while it may pick up almost 50% viewership from its Live +SD average, it still is lower than the past seasons airing on the network.

TUF 21 Episode 2: 454,000

April 30, 2015

The second episode of TUF 21 on FS1 scored just 454,000 viewers in overnight ratings per Sports TV Ratings.  It’s a slight decrease from the debut.

In the second episode, Luis “Buscape” Firmino defeated Uros Jurisic by unanimous decision in a fight that Dana White voiced his displeasure.

TUF 21 was up against the NBA Playoffs on TNT as well as a Game 7 on NBCSN in the NHL Playoffs.  The Portland/Memphis game won the night for cable TV sports with 2.937 million viewers tuning in.  The ESPN Mayweather/Pacquiao press conference which aired from 4:00-5:00 ET drew 465,000 viewers, which was just ahead of TUF per Sports TV Ratings.

TUF 21

Episode 1 – 490,000

Episode 2 – 454,000

Payout Perspective:

The series is not off to a good start although it appears that many people are recording this show and watching it later.  Per a Nielsen source, the adjusted viewership (DVR +3) ratings for last week’s debut drew 700,000 viewers.  As long as people are tuning in to watch at some point, I think that

TUF 20 Episode 12 Live + 3 viewership up to 752,000

December 17, 2014

MMA Payout has learned from a Nielsen source that TUF 20 Episode 12 drew an additional 244,000 viewers for a total of 752,000 viewers for the regular season finale.

The increase in the 12th episode of 244,000 viewers brings the average increase in viewers from DVR watching to 275,000. The Live +3 ratings for TUF 20 drew a season average of 788,000 viewers. The live rating for the season was 513,000 viewers.

TUF 20 Episode 12 DVR

Increase in viewers Ep 12

Payout Perspective:

The average boost in viewership of 275,000 viewers is slightly lower than TUF 19’s Live + 3 average of 278,000, but better than TUF 18’s Live + 3 of 250,000 viewers.  It was not the most exciting season although when originally revealed there was a lot of  hope for a new women’s division and the coaches for the show.  Yet, Pettis and Melendez were not over the top personalities that a viewer would tune in to watch.  The TUF franchise is still getting viewers although not at the same clip as we’ve previously been accustomed to on Spike.  We’ll see what, if anything, the UFC does its next go round with TUF.

TUF 20 Finale on FS1 draws 989,000 viewers

December 16, 2014

MMA Payout has learned from a Niesen source that the TUF 20 Finale on FS1 Friday drew an average of 989,000 peaking at 1,219,000 viewers during the main event between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas.

The Prelims which preceded the main card on Friday night between 7:00pmET-9:00pm ET produced 719,000 viewers.

The TUF 20 Finale main card provided a boost to Fox Sports Live’s Postfight coverage average 300,000 viewers from 11:48pmET-1:00am.  The ratings post-fight were a 39% jump from last year’s December average.

Last December, the TUF 18 Finale on FS1 drew 1.13M viewers and the prelims drew 938,000 viewers.

This past July, the TUF 19 Finale on FS1 drew 1M viewers and the prelims drew 774,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

It’s the lowest ratings for a TUF Finale on FS1 thus far (main card and prelims).  And while the post-fight coverage may have been up this time around, the viewership was down.  Of course, this may be due to a number of factors including two UFC events on back to back nights.  Also, the previous two events were not on Friday night.  TUF 18’s final card was on a Saturday and TUF 19 (which was the second event of a back to back) was on a Sunday.  TUF 20 did not have as strong a main event as the previous two TUF Finales (18 had Nate Diaz-Gray Maynard; 19 had Penn-Edgar).

Esparza, Oliveira top TUF Finale 20 salaries

December 15, 2014

MMA Junkie reports the salaries from Friday night’s TUF 20 Finale.  The salaries were disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Via MMA Junkie:

Carla Esparza: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Rose Namajunas: $25,000

Charles Oliveira: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Jeremy Stephens: $40,000

Daron Cruickshank: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
vs. K.J. Noons: $31,000

Yancy Medeiros: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Proctor: $10,000

Jessica Penne: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $8,000

Felice Herrig: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Lisa Ellis: $8,000

Heather Jo Clark: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Bec Rawlings: $8,000

Joanne Calderwood: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Seo Hee Ham: $8,000

Tecia Torres: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Angela Magana: $8,000

Aisling Daly: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Chambers: $8,000

Angela Hill: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Emily Kagan: $8,000

Payout Perspective:

A good payday for Esparza as she had a base of $25,000 and a $25,000 win bonus.  Adding her Performance of the Night bonus, Esparza made $100,000 on Friday night.  Charles Oliveira topped the overall purses for the night at $54,000.  K.J. Noons had the highest base pay with $31,000.

TUF Finale 20 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 13, 2014

MMA Junkie reports the attendance, gate and bonuses for Friday’s TUF 20 Finale.  The event which took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas drew 1,800 for a gate of $143,000.

The UFC returned to The Palms after Dana White and the venue’s casino had a falling out in 2012.  Earlier this year, The Palms sought to make amends with White by awarding him his own championship belt.  It seemed to have worked as TUF 20 took place at The Palms.

You may recall that the TUF 19 Finale was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center as was International Fight Week.  It drew 6,500 for a gate of $835,000.

The finale of TUF 18 drew 4,346 for a gate of $322,742 at the Mandalay Bay.

In addition, the bonuses for the night were handed out to Carla Esparza, Yancy Medeiros, Jessica Penne and Randa Markos.

Esparza and Medeiros were granted “Performance of the Night” and Penne and Markos earned “Fight of the Night.”  Each won $50,000.

Also, Rose Namajunas, Randa Markos and Joanne Calderwood earned the bonuses on the show.  Namajunas earned $50,000.  Namajunas and Calderwood won for best fight.  Namajunas also earned a best performance along with Markos.

TUF 20 Episode 11: 532,000 viewers

December 8, 2014

MMA Payout has learned that the penultimate episode of TUF 20 drew an average viewership of 532,000 viewers in its first showing (7pmPT/10pmET) on Wednesday on FS1 per a Nielsen source. The episode brought the season 20 average to 514,000 viewers.

There were two fights on the 11th episode. First, Carla Esparza defeated Tecia Torres and will face Jessica Penne in the semifinals. Also, Rose Namajuna submitted Joanne Calderwood and will face Ronda Markos in the other semi.

In the adult 18-49 demo, the episode drew 365,000 viewers which is 10% over the season average of 333,000.

The same episode which aired the same night 10pmPT/1amET) drew 81,000 viewers. It did draw up almost 30% in the adult 18-49 demo (71,000 versus 55,000). One might infer that younger people in the demo watching live on the west coast or are night owls for watching TUF at 1am.

TUF 20 Episode 11

Payout Perspective:

As we near the end of another season of TUF, we note that this season will do better than the BJ Penn-Frankie Edgar season of last spring but will not do as well as Rousey-Tate last year. The viewership has been steady this season and has received a nice bump with DVR ratings. But, if you watched the weigh-ins on Friday, you wonder where that spark between Anthony and Gil were during the filming of the season.

TUF 20 Episode 10 Live + 3 numbers up to 821,000 viewers

December 3, 2014

MMA Payout has learned from a Nielsen source that the Live +3 ratings for last week’s TUF 20 episode drew up to 821,000 viewers.

Episode 10 saw a 54% increase in viewership with the adjusted numbers. It was an increase of 287,000 viewers from its overnight rating.

TUF 20 Episode 10 DVR

Payout Perspective:

The updated ratings bring the Live +3 ratings up to 796,000 viewers.  The average viewership rise from the DVR is 284,000.  The ratings increase is the largest since Episode 3 which may be due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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