"The Ultimate Fighter 10" debut shatters Spike TV records, wins timeslot in key demos

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ThaAxeMurderer7
9/17/09 10:18:15PM
With the show seemingly on its deathbed in recent years, the UFC and Spike TV's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter" recently debuted its 10th season on Wednesday and scored the biggest ratings in series and Spike TV history.

According to Spike TV, "TUF 10," which features an eclectic mix of MMA and NFL veterans (most notably, former EliteXC headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson), debuted with a whopping 4.1 million viewers.

The series' previous high was 2.8 million viewers, who tuned in for the "TUF 3" premiere in 2006.

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grappler0000
9/17/09 10:36:26PM

Wednesday's hour-long debut, which introduced ex-UFC champs Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans as coaches, scored big in the young-men demographics (men 18-34, M18-49, M18-24 and M25-34) and topped everything in its timeslot, including "The Jay Leno Show" and the season finale of "America's Got Talent," both of which aired on network television.


Impressive!
kopower
9/17/09 11:30:13PM
Crazy that Kimbo still has that much drawing power after what happened in his last fight. Just wait until the episode he fights in airs. You know that's gonna pull in some numbers too.
EliasG
9/17/09 11:39:35PM
I think this proves that Kimbo is a HUGE draw and name regardless of how this all plays out for him. I think whenever he is matched against a good wrestler....forget it. but he can be a middle level fighter and even star on a lot of UFN for ratings. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. I used to love watching Mickey Ward---he wasn't a champ, he just brought it at his level. I didn't enjoy watching Lennox Lewis all that much (although he was much better at his weightclass and in history). It's not about being a champ someitmes.

Kimbo will always be a good draw if he is matched with equal talent---not superior talent.
ace_of_god
9/18/09 7:53:15AM
I know the reason I watched it with such excitement was I wanted to see Kimbo fight. The reason people love this guy is because they know someone is going to get knocked out, either him or his opponent. It is also why I love watching Drew McFedries or Huston Alexander fight.
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