TUF 17 ratings fall despite hyped KO; White refutes story

source: mmaweekly.com

The numbers are in and week three of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen drew 1.2 million viewers, according to MMAWeekly.com industry sources.

Although that is still a strong number, it has to be a little disappointing for UFC brass that heavily promoted what will likely be the knockout of the season.

The season opened strong at 1.51 million viewers for the two-hour premier, but is currently averaging 1.34 million viewers per episode, three weeks into the season.

That is still well above season 16, which had yet to draw a million viewers to a single episode by its third week.

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Immediately after posting this story on the Underground, UFC President Dana White refuted the story on the Underground

Story is a crock of shit we broke the demo ratings record on Tuesday and were celebrating the number. These "MMA Media" should learn about what ratings mean before reporting stupid shit.

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Theonlyvivid site profile image  

2/10/13 12:06 PM by Theonlyvivid

I don't really care about ratings, this is the highest quality show I've seen, ever. I think word of mouth from the KO of Hall will generate more viewers. Either way, it doesn't change the fact that this show is extremely good. Much better talent, and more about the fighters, training and not about the unnecessary drama.

justfighting site profile image  

2/9/13 6:00 PM by justfighting

This is the first time I have watched any TUF... Impressed.

soldave site profile image  

2/9/13 4:30 PM by soldave

loving this season, both coaches, the production, the fighters. Everything fits

MMALOGIC site profile image  

2/9/13 5:19 AM by MMALOGIC

bisping vs miller aired at 10pm on wednesdays.  brock vs JDS aired at 9pm on tuesdays... this season is pulling pretty much the same as the brock vs jds season on spike.  is it because they are on the same timeslot?  obviously it's not a coincedence. also consider that UFC was spikes flagship product.  tuf is an afterthought for FX. if they gave tuf the wednesday night 10pm slot they'd pull around the same numbers as bisping/miller pulled on spike. now that the UFC is moving to fs1 where they will be a flagship product, and where they will likely get the best timeslots (wednesday 10pm) and where they can concentrate most of their first run ufc content cross promoting each other (like they had on spike bur more) we'll see the UFC establish an audience bigger than the one they had on spike.  

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2/9/13 5:04 AM by MMALOGIC

this is the best season yet... it's like watching MMA's version of "any given sunday". as far as the ratings go... it's pretty much the same numbers as when spike placed tuf on tuesday nights at 9pm.  the brock/jds season has about the same average as this season.  the brock season went as low as 1 million... let's see if we get to that with this one. the most important factor for the UFC is that it seems they have stopped the bleeding that was caused by being buried on friday nights and on fuel... and the UFC's audience has come back.  we're now seeing record UFC ratings on FX (fight nights, prelims, and tuf).  The most important factor for the UFC was to get their audience back. When they move to fs1, tuf needs to be placed on wednesdays at 10pm (which is the best slot for it) along with replaying it throughout the week. Also, Big fox  needs to replay it as well on tuesdays at 11pm (to promote the new episode the following day on fs1) instead of airing silly reruns. tuf's debut episode was replayed on big fox and it got 1.2 million viewers on saturday night 11pm. if FS1 can get 1 million plus every week and the fox replay 1.2million... the UFC will be golden.

smoogy site profile image  

2/8/13 11:24 PM by smoogy

Dana is right that many writers overemphasize the overall viewership when the demo ratings are more important. That being said, the show did not set or break any meaningful records in the demo. But TUF and Bellator were both up in the key demos (M18-34 and M18-49) this week

subwrassler site profile image  

2/8/13 5:38 PM by subwrassler

the story of the KO has been on front pg of Yahoo for a couple of days.very popular...if you go to yahoo and type Uriah in the search box, Uriah Hall pops up first.

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2/8/13 5:36 PM by Dingleberry Flopdoink The 3rd

I watched the first 6 or so seasons pretty religiously, but I haven't watched regularly for years. That changed when I started watching this season. Production is much better and different than I have seen. I'm watching every episode this season. You may want to give it another try.

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2/8/13 4:33 PM by NavyCorpsman

We are in a renaissance era, Pony Boy. There is absolutely no valid reason to end this franchise. Is it losing money for the UFC? No. Is it still creating fighters people want to see? The last few seasons have been hit or miss, but it looks like this season will be a definite yes. And most importantly, have the producers shown that they are willing to adapt and try a new style and format that the fans have been demanding for years? That is a resounding YES.The word of mouth is spreading. To use a dumb analogy, TUF is like Dominos pizza. It grew stagnant after a while just using the same recipe and then they did a complete overhaul. While the commercials were important for Dominos new menu, word of mouth was key. They eventually saw over 14% sales growth in the first quarter. (We were just talking about this in class ... Sorry.)

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2/8/13 4:30 PM by RyannVonReemjob

Actually it's due to the wwe.