Episode 1 pulled in an average audience of 1.5 million viewers, according to Spike TV officials. That’s just slightly lower than last season’s average of 1.7 million viewers per episode, and almost dead-on with Season 12’s premier episode, which drew 1.6 million viewers.
This season has drawn a lot of interest because of Lesnar. Most people thought that his explosive personality and the theatrics he honed as a professional wrestler for WWE would provide ratings fireworks.
Nothing along those lines happened in the first episode. Of course, after just one episode it’s still too soon to tell how Lesnar’s personality will develop as the season progresses.
UFC president Dana White did recently state that he felt the season started off a little slow, but picked up as time went on.
Only time will tell as the season progresses.