The outspoken UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor, UFC legend Urijah Faber, and 16 exciting fights propelled the two-hour premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM MCGREGOR VS. TEAM FABER to its most-watched season debut on FS1 since the fall of 2013 (THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM ROUSEY VS. TEAM TATE – season 18).
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A peak audience of 745,000 viewers watched the season 22 premiere Wednesday night. The show posted an average of 622,000 viewers over the first airing (10:00 PM ET – Midnight ET), while an additional 66,000 viewers watched an encore airing later in the evening (1:00 AM ET – 3:00 AM ET). THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER was FS1’s most-watched show on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s premiere viewership is up +27% over THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: AMERICAN TOP TEAM VS. BLACKZILIANS season 21 launch on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (622,000 vs. 490,000 viewers) and is +16% above THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED season 20 debut on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 (622,000 vs. 536,000).
This season’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM MCGREGOR VS. TEAM FABER continues with 11 more episodes airing Wednesdays (10:00 PM ET) on FS1. The season finale takes place on FS1 on Friday, December 11, headlined by former lightweight champion and current second-ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar taking on Faber teammate, No. 3 Chad Mendes.