by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz,” the series’ eleventh season, opened to 1.9 million viewers on Wednesday night, according to Spike TV officials.
That number is well below the 4.1 million that tuned in for the premier of last season’s “The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights.” Of course, Season 10 had one big factor that this season does not… Kimbo Slice.
The Kimbo Slice factor definitely propelled Season 10 to all sorts of series records. Not only was the premier the most watched in series history, Kimbo’s fight with eventual Season 10 winner Roy Nelson drew a stunning 6.1 million viewers.
Simply put, “The Heavyweights” was an anomaly.
“Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” drawing 1.9 million viewers was much more in line with series history. The first nine seasons of “The Ultimate Fighter” averaged 2 million viewers per episode.