by Ivan Trembow
The premiere episode of “UFC Unleashed”, last night at 11:05 PM on Spike TV, drew an overall rating of 1.6. That number compares favorably to the 1.4 rating that was drawn by the first episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” when it debuted on Spike TV back on January 17th of this year.

The 1.6 rating falls just short of the 1.7 rating that The Ultimate Fighter averaged over the course of its first season, but is a higher-than-expected number given the fact that there was very little advertising ahead of time for the premiere of “UFC Unleashed.” The vast majority of the promotional machine on Spike TV is going towards building up the UFC’s three-hour live special, which is scheduled for August 6th at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

Starting in early October, when WWE programming leaves Spike TV and heads back to USA Network, Saturday nights on Spike TV will consist of UFC Unleashed at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, The Ultimate Fighter at 9:00 PM Eastern Time, another episode of UFC Unleashed at 10:00 PM Eastern Time, and the pro wrestling show “TNA Impact” at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.