TUF 13 TV Ratings Hit Hard by NBA Playoffs on TNT

May 13, 2011
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“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos” took another dive in TV ratings this week, as Episode 7 drew an average of just 1.0 million viewers, according to Spike TV officials.

That number is the lowest point of the current season, dragging the Season 13 average down to 1.28 million viewers per episode.

That low number, however, does bolster UFC president Dana White’s recent cries of disappointment over Spike TV’s decision to move TUF’s time slot from 10 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET this season.

“You know what the problem is? We changed time; I don’t like the time change,” White stated during a conversation at UFC 129. “At nine o’clock, in that slot, you’re going up against a lot of powerful programming. At 10 o’clock, that was the perfect time for us. We didn’t have any say in that.”

That statement was bolstered this week when you consider that Episode 7 spent time going head to head with the NBA Playoffs on TNT, which drew a fantastic average of 6.8 million viewers as it overlapped TUF. In fact, the final 10 minutes of the game peaked with 10.8 million viewers. Add the fact that the NBA Playoffs draw heavily from the same demographic as “The Ultimate Fighter” and the damage is multiplied.

White also pointed out, however, that TUF is still doing well, even with the much stiffer competition in the new time slot.

“Show me another show out there that’s been around for 14 seasons pulling 1.3 million viewers at nine o’clock, up against all the television shows that we’re up to. Nobody does that.”

  • hollafront1314

    nah its not the time change..this season is garbage

  • Frito-Bandito

    The quality of fighters has gone down for several seasons and air time for the fighters have gone down as the commercials have gotten longer and and more frequent.

    Dana’s attitude about women fighters has caused him to miss the boat on potentially the greatest reality show of the decade. Imagine TUF with 16 women fighters. No need for scripted drama for that show! What with the raging hormones and the “Gay Thing”. It would be a good way to introduce women fighters into the UFC. If Dana doesn’t do it someone is going to beat him to it.