The Ultimate Fighter 18 Premiers to Half the Audience of The Ultimate Fighter 17

September 5, 2013
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Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate TUF 18The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate opened the series’ eighteenth installment on Wednesday night, drawing an audience of 762,000 viewers for the premier episode.

TUF 18 marks the move of the reality show from FX to the new Fox Sports 1 network, and thus far the move has been rocky, at best.

By comparison, TUF 17 premiered to an audience of 1.51 million viewers, more than double Wednesday night’s premier.

TUF 17, of course, featured UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as coaches. It also aired on Tuesday nights on FX.

TUF 18 has generated it’s own share of anticipation due to the rivalry between coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The show also features both male and female fighters in the house for the first time in the reality series’ history.

The move to Wednesday night was at the request of Fox executives, who wanted the UFC to anchor its new sports network’s Wednesday night offerings.

Fight Master, Bellator MMA’s new reality series, averaged 622,000 viewers. That number includes the overnight rating, plus the viewers watching the show on DVR within the next three days, also known as the Live +3 Day rating. The initial TUF 18 TV ratings include only the overnight Nielsen rating and should rise when the three days of DVR viewing are included.

UFC president Dana White acknowledged that Wednesday nights would be a challenge in attracting a live audience to events, but it appears TV isn’t a sure thing either.

(Correction: The correct number of viewers for the TUF 18 premiere was 762,000, not the 726,000 initially reported.)

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  • Mike Russell

    hmmm… doesn’t hurt that FS1 isn’t part of the standard cable packages like FX is. I learned that the hard way…

  • PJ

    Exactly FS1 isn’t part of most basic cable packages. I’m not paying double my cable bill, I’ll watch fightmaster or something else for free.

  • Jay Mcgarrity

    Simple mathematics people, Availability + Chael Sonnen = Ratings

  • Cameron Merryman

    I cant stand half the entry fights after they show all the knockouts first…I sure as hell cant stand all the long boring as amateur chick fights. Not to mention its like a version of The Real World on mtv with more people now

  • Ron Wheeler

    OK, so change of channel and night isn’t going to help them. But.

    The new format is a mess. Basically they give you a 10 second clip of what is about to happen – so we have a show with inbuilt spoilers. WTF?

    Plus the production qualities this season are clearly lower than last. Jones / Sonnen as a show oozed quality – this season is back to Spike era tacky.

  • drkdisciple

    Apparently 762,000 do.

  • james j

    It is just not that interesting. Sorry. I like it that tried jumping the shark, but White lost his mantra with TUF. Dump that show.

  • Giovanni

    I hope Miesha paces herself this time and beats Ronda. Ronda has a cute little ass and I’d do her any day of the week, but she sure has become annoying as hell. It’s time for Tate to redeem herself; if she can’t do it, then “Enter Sarah McMann!!!”

  • bick306

    What is your big beef in life? You clearly hate Miesha, you have posted it a thousand times…SHUT UP about it. You are the biggest, racist, male chauvinist pig I have seen in here. You have nothing good to say about anyone or anything. At first i thought you were just Rhonda’s little sister but your ignorance in all aspects of mma made me think otherwise. Go do something else for a few hours a day other than troll these pages.

    • bick306

      LOL, What a complete buffoon you are. A total embarrassment to to the human race. I would love to see a pic of you and your perfection. LMAO..

  • BobGyro

    The Ultimate Fighter 18 Premiers to Half the Audience of The Ultimate Fighter 17

    I coulda told you that was going to happen…. douchebags!!

  • Triggerman99

    Ronda seems like she is kind of making herself look bad so far IMO. She seems grouchy and just more or less hard to listen to. At least Miesha Tate has something insightful to say once in awhile…….not to mention a rockin body. That doesn’t hurt, either.

    • facefault

      Ronda definitely enjoys being the villain.