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.

TUF 22: Episode 4 DVR numbers second best this season

October 8, 2015

MMA Payout has learned from a Nielsen source that Episode 4 of The Ultimate Fighter last week drew 845,000 viewers in adjusted viewership including DVR+3 data.  It’s the second best increase from Live+SD rating this season.

The DVR numbers were a great increase from TUF 21 this past spring as it more than doubled last spring’s output for its 4th episode (415,000).  It was also up slightly from Episode 4 last fall which drew 813,000 viewers.

UFC TUF 22 through ep 4

Payout Perspective:

The average DVR +3 rating through 4 episodes is 814,000 viewers which is better than TUF 21 through 4 episodes (572,000 viewer average) but behind last fall’s TUF 20 through 4 episodes (845,000 viewer average).


TUF 22 Episode 4: 538,000 viewers

October 2, 2015

The fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter drew an average viewership of 538,000.  The average is up from the past two editions of TUF.

Last spring’s TUF 21 drew just 286,000 viewers and was slightly up from TUF 20 last fall of 515,000 per a Nielsen source.

In the fight of the show, Team McGregor grabbed its first win with Marcin Wrzosek defeating Tom Gallicchio.

Episode 4

In addition, last week’s Episode 3 drew 769,000 viewers with the addition of the DVR +3 numbers.  It is up 44% from its Live+SD viewership.

The Live +SD average for TUF 22 through 4 episodes is 539,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

Per Sports TV Ratings, the MLB game between the Dodgers-Giants (in which LA clinched a playoff spot I believe) outdrew TUF in the 10pm time slot.  That game drew 674,000 viewers. The ratings are steady and are slightly up from the past two editions.  FS1 and the UFC should be happy but do you think they expect more with McGregor on the show?

TUF 22 Episode 3 draws 533,000 viewers

September 24, 2015

The third episode of TUF 22 drew 533, 000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night according to Sports TV Ratings.  It reflects an approximately 15% increase over last week’s episode.

In the episode, Team Faber’s Chris Gruetzemacher defeated Team McGregor’s Sascha Sharma.  The episode featured a meltdown by McGregor as Sharma did not listen to his coaching during the fight.

TUF 22 Ratings
Live +SD DVR +3
Episode 1 622,000 902,000
Episode 2 463,000 740,000
Episode 3 533,000

TUF 22 Ratings through Ep 3

Payout Perspective:

Not sure about you, but I like the Conor-Faber back and forth.  Frankly, there was nothing special out of last night’s show but I found the interplay between the coaches entertaining.

The top sports cable show for the night was MLB on ESPN as the pennant race is here.  The Yankees-Blue Jays game drew slightly over 1 million viewers in the 7-10pmET time slot.  TUF came in second in its time slot for sports cable shows as the second game on ESPN, Dodgers-DBacks, drew 557,000 viewers.  The average through 3 episodes is 540,000.  In comparison, TUF 20 last fall drew an average of 514,000 viewers through 3 episodes and last spring’s TUF 21 drew only an average of 422,000 viewers.

TUF 22 Episode 2 up to 740,000 in DVR +3 numbers

September 23, 2015

MMA Payout has learned that the second episode of TUF from last Wednesday drew an increase of 60% from its initial live airing according to Nielsen sources.  The DVR +3 ratings was up to 740,000 viewers last week.

The increase in DVR viewership is up from the first episode’s DVR increase.  It was up 15% from last spring’s second episode which received 646,000 viewers.

TUF 22 Ratings
Live +SD DVR +3
Episode 1 622,000 902,000
Episode 2 463,000 740,000

TUF 22 Ratings through Ep 2

Payout Perspective:

Small steps, but the adjusted viewership from DVR watching is now better than last season’s average (821,000).  However, it still trails last fall’s TUF 20 in DVR viewership (888,000 through 2 episodes).  It’s still too early to tell if the McGregor-Faber pairing is helping ratings.

TUF 22 Episode 2: 463,000 viewers

September 17, 2015

The second episode of The Ultimate Fighter 22 featuring coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber drew 463,000 viewers according to Sports TV Ratings.  It’s a little over a 25% decrease from the 2 hour debut episode last Wednesday.

The show featured another leglock submission by BJJ specialist Ryan Hall.  In the fight of the show Hall, from Team USA coached by Urijah Faber defeated Frantz Slioa from Team Europe coached by Conor McGregor.

Notably, TUF 22 in its 10-11pm time slot did better than the second episode of TUF 21 this past spring (454,000).  However, it did not do as well as the second episode for TUF 20 last fall (574,000)

 TUF 22         Live +SD      DVR +3
Episode 1 622,000 902,000
Episode 2 463,000


Payout Perspective:

MLB Baseball on ESPN did better than TUF in the cable ratings as a game between the Pirates and Cubs that aired opposite TUF drew 765,000 viewers.  While the first episode went out to a very good start, it looks like its taken a step back.  The interplay between McGregor and Faber is awkward, yet compelling to watch.  We’ll see if enough people are drawn to this in the coming weeks.

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