Slight dip, but TUF holds up against World Series
Despite heavy competition from Major League Baseball’s World Series, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights continues to draw well for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV.
This week’s Episode 7 dipped to 2.5 million viewers, just slightly south of the series’ past three weeks of 2.8 million viewers per episode, but remained strong in its key advertiser demographics.
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" tryouts draw Bobby Southworth, Nick Thompson, Logan Clark
Tryouts for the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" took place Monday in Los Angeles, and at least three notable names were among the day's 300 applicants.
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth, who appeared on the first season of "TUF," and fellow UFC veterans Nick Thompson and Logan Clark attended the tryouts in hopes of appearing on "TUF 11," Spike TV officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
TUF 10, Episode 4: 2.2 HH
MMAPayout.com has learned that Episode 4 of TUF 10 earned a 2.2 household rating last night for an average viewership of 2.8 million viewers.
TUF was the highest rated television program in the nation with respect to males aged 18-34 - scoring a rating of 3.8 with 1.1 million viewers. The show also garnered a strong 2.4 amongst males 18-49.
Quarter hours as follows: 2.07, 2.21, 2.10, 2.35
Here are the ratings throughout the first four episodes this season...
TUF 10 Ratings Present Conversion Problem
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer details TUF 10’s dominance of the male 18-34 year-old demographic:
About 2.28 million Males 18-34 watched the fight (Kimbo vs. Nelson) on the first broadcast, a 7.86 rating in that demographic, and a new record. Another 450,000 watched the replay.
For the show itself, the 6.86 rating in Males 18-34 and 2 million viewers is more than all but seven regular network television shows s far this season, and more than any other show this season on cable, or any sports event on network or cable besides NFL games. The audience for the show was 74% male, and even with all the talk, more Women 18-34 in general would watch Raw most weeks.
It was the largest in Males 18-34 for any program in the history of Spike television, and thatâ€™s a network that had WWF Raw from 2000-2005, the first several months featuring the build up to the Rock vs. Steve Austin WrestleMania, before Rock left and Austin went heel and the popularity of the show started whittling away. That number would beat any sports programming except the NFL, the World Series, the Final Four and the NBA finals. The show did a 4.05 in Males 35-49, far beyond anything UFC has ever done in that demo.
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" open tryouts set for Oct. 26 in Los Angeles
Middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters are invited to attend an open tryout for the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Monday, Oct. 26.
The tryouts for the UFC and Spike TV's reality series takes place at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel in California.
Although not officially announced, "TUF 11" is expected to debut in April with a live finale in June.
While direct referrals (from UFC fighters and past "TUF" cast members) lead to many bookings for the show, UFC and Spike TV officials have also used the open tryouts to recruit countless additional cast members. Season-eight winner Amir Sadollah, for example, earned his way onto the show through an open tryout despite no professional record.
Rashad Evans Discusses Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson: I Wanted Roy to KO Kimbo
The Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight that will air Wednesday night on Spike TV was set up by former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, Nelson's coach this season on The Ultimate Fighter. And Evans said in an interview with FanHouse that he set up that fight for one reason: He wanted to see Kimbo get knocked out, and he thought Nelson was the man to do it.
That wasn't intended as a slight toward Kimbo, whom Evans says he likes. It was intended as a slight toward Rampage Jackson, Evans' coaching rival, whom Evans says he desperately wanted to beat on the show -- just as he desperately wanted to beat him in the Octagon before Jackson walked away from the UFC to pursue an acting career. Jackson made Kimbo his first choice when the coaches picked their teams, and Evans said he thought Nelson was just the man to whip Jackson's first-round draft pick.
Kimbo Slice denies he declined rematch with Petruzelli, discusses "TUF" fight with Nelson
For anyone expecting an explosive and over-the-top Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson on today's media call to promote this week's new episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," the fighter and cast member likely disappointed.
Ferguson, whose fight with Roy Nelson highlights episode three of "TUF 10" on Wednesday night (10 p.m. ET/PT, Spike TV), expertly handled the swarm of questions and came across quite pleasant, if not charming, during the one-hour media session.
His tone changed, though, once he was asked about Seth Petruzelli's recent comments that Ferguson turned down multiple opportunities for the fighters to rematch.
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" tonight
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member and MMA notable Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is a guest on tonight's edition of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.
The shows airs at 12:35 p.m. ET, and additional guests include actor David Duchovny and the rock group Dirty Projectors.
On the late-night talk show, Ferguson discusses his fight with Roy Nelson, which airs as part of Wednesday's new episode of "TUF 10" on Spike TV (10 p.m. ET/PT).
'TUF 10' ratings drop 29%
The second week of “The Ultimate Fighter 10” saw its ratings drop by 29 percent from its record-shattering debut last Thursday of 4.1 million viewers (2.9 household rating) on Spike TV.
However, the series still netted 2.9 million viewers (2.2 rating) and was the top-rated show in its timeslot for Men 18-34, according to a press release distributed by Spike TV Thursday.
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com.
"The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today.
The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."
Marcus Jones: UFC Tougher Than NFL
When the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter debuts Wednesday night on Spike, most of the eyes will be on Kimbo Slice, the street fighter turned YouTube star who is trying to make it into the UFC. But Kimbo is far from the most accomplished athlete on the upcoming season.
"TUF 10" cast member Jon Madsen's road to UFC already crossed Brock Lesnar
Jon Madsen's first meeting with Brock Lesnar displayed the elements that would later make him one of the most intriguing up-and-coming heavyweights in mixed-martial-arts.
Even though they were only in high school.
Madsen was a freshman at Dolan High School in South Dakota, which was separated by about 45 minutes from Lesnar's town. That made the heavyweight wrestlers competitors in a high school event, and Lesnar, two years older, beat Madsen.
Sadollah’s Post-TUF journey restarts at UFC 101
Amir Sadollah swept onto the UFC scene in 2008, light on experience but heavy on skills, talent and heart. In the process, he became the middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s seventh season, a charismatic and humble Surgical Technician out of Virginia who quickly gained a legion of fans with his feel-good Cinderella run.
Then he was gone.
Kimbo Slice, Roy Nelson and Wes Sims: Good Guys and Bad Guys on TUF 10
For the first time since the lightweights of season five, I'm really looking forward to the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Part of it is the roster of fighters -- I can't help being intrigued by Kimbo Slice, but I'm more interested in the mix of established veterans and up and coming talent they've put together. I must admit the prospect of seeing several former pro and college football players ads to the excitement.
Roy Nelson Happy Taking TUF Road
Roy Nelson may be one of the most decorated fighters to ever appear on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show. The former IFL heavyweight champion, who holds a 13-4 professional MMA record, will be one of the 16 fighters competing for a UFC contract on the tenth season of TUF. The series premieres September 16 on Spike TV.