Last Friday’s debut of The Ultimate Fighter on FX had an average of 1.284 million sets of eyes watching it and was tied for the seventh-most-watched program by 18-49 year-olds on cable for the night. In the sports realm, it outdrew a Big East Tournament college basketball game on ESPN and all edition’s of that night’s ESPN Sportscenter.
However, despite the buzz of the show’s new live format, it didn’t top the 2 million viewers on average that watched the debut episodes of the first 14 seasons of TUF on Spike. But on a positive note, Spike’s latest attack on the UFC, running Ultimate Fighter Fridays to go up against this season’s TUF on FX, failed to draw much interest, only drawing 653,000 fans on average.
TUF also absolutely crushed Bellator 60 in Friday’s ratings, as the event only got 169,000 viewers on MTV2, which is below what the organization previously has averaged on the channel. Despite putting on exciting, quality events, it’s going to be real tough (not pun intended) for Bellator to go head-to-head with TUF every Friday night.