TUF 27 Episode 7 draws 275,000 viewers on FS1

May 31, 2018

The Ultimate Fighter episode 7 drew the highest ratings of its season with 275,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night.

There was no fight on the telecast as Team Cormier’s Richie Smullen suffered a leg cramp and could not fight Team Miocic’s Allan Zuniga.  He was forced to withdraw and give Zuniga the win by DQ.  More bad news for Team Cormier in this episode as Ricky Steele was forced to withdraw from the tournament after he was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.

The telecast drew 0.10 in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

Payout Perspective:

275,000 viewers doesn’t seem like a huge audience, but it is for this season.  Last spring’s TUF 25 drew 372,000 viewers and TUF 26 scored 316,000 viewers.  As you can tell, the live +SD ratings are gradually decreasing.

TUF 27 Episode 1 draws 200,000 viewers

April 19, 2018

The debut of The Ultimate Fighter 27 featuring coaches Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic on FS1 drew 200,000 viewers Wednesday.  The telecast is the lowest debut yet for the TUF franchise.

Last spring’s TUF 25 drew 288,000 viewers with coaches T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.  This fall’s TUF 26 drew 308,000 with coaches Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez.

Payout Perspective:

The episode went up against the NBA Playoff game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets on TNT which was the highest telecast on cable Wednesday night drawing over 3.4 million viewers.  Even with the competition, it’s clear that the TUF franchise is one where you have to look to the DVR numbers to see how many people are really tuning in.  The declining live numbers reflect the shift in how viewers watch this franchise.