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    Ratings report: Nearly three million watch debut episode of TUF 20

    By Dave Meltzer on Sep 17 2014, 6:00p 44
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    In various incarnations over the past week, nearly three million viewers watched the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

    The key to the number was FOX putting an encore version of the show, which is built around a tournament to crown the first UFC women's strawweight champion (115 pounds). While it didn't air in every market, where it did air was either before or after FOX's Sunday NFL broadcasts. The show delivered 1,735,000 viewers in that time slot.

    The actual debut on FS 1 on Sept. 10, did 536,000 viewers live, which was the lowest debut in the show's history. But the first episode alone had another 295,000 viewers watching via DVR through Saturday night. Other airings of the show between Thursday and Sunday, on either FS 1 or FS 2, added another 267,000 viewers. All of those figures add up to 2,833,000 total viewers, and that doesn't include any DVR viewership of anything but the originally aired episode.

    A key is if the huge viewership on Sunday creates new viewers to watch episode two on Wednesday night, featuring No. 2 seed Joanne Calderwood of Team Pettis against No. 15 seed Emily Kagan of Team Melendez, and strengthens the rest of the season.

    Bellator on Friday, even with a heavily criticized Joey Beltran championship shot at light heavyweight king Emanuel Newton, did roughly 100,000 viewers above its usual Friday night average. The show did 771,000 viewers live and another 65,000 through Monday night watching via DVR. The peak rating of the show was not the main event, but the ending of the Liam McGeary vs. Kelly Anundson light heavyweight tournament final, which peaked at 1,271,000 viewers that night and another 158,000 watching via DVR.

    Average viewership was up 16 percent from the prior week, which had a significantly stronger show. The key difference was that show had competition from a live UFC event head-to-head.

    The other major show of the week, the Saturday night World Series of Fighting event on NBC Sports, did 246,000 viewers, which is also above average for the promotion. The show was headlined by a catch weight fight with bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes beating former TUF fighter Cody Bollinger. Beating the average, which is in the 200,000 range, was impressive given the show went head-to-head with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana pay-per-view.

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    Looks like the negative story from last week gets its ass kicked with this news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluenoseGreig View Post
    Looks like the negative story from last week gets its ass kicked with this news!
    Not really....they had to air it again to get the numbers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickass32 View Post
    Not really....they had to air it again to get the numbers
    In this modern age of TV, is that really all that bad though......people hardly ever go out of their way to watch things as they happen on TV now, unless it's live sport. I know I don't.
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    I think TUF should go on. We have had this debate for many years. I think at one point, i agreed for TUF to go away, with the UFC holding so many fight nights, that they could bring in new talent that way. These is so many division right now, that this can work if they get the right coaches and change up the format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluenoseGreig View Post
    In this modern age of TV, is that really all that bad though......people hardly ever go out of their way to watch things as they happen on TV now, unless it's live sport. I know I don't.
    I'm the same way...almost never watch shows as they air....I'm just saying ratings wise, they have ALWAYS used the neilson ratings as their guide......now because it was the lowest TUF premier ever they chose to use the numbers combined with the replay.....lame
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Daley View Post
    I think TUF should go on. We have had this debate for many years. I think at one point, i agreed for TUF to go away, with the UFC holding so many fight nights, that they could bring in new talent that way. These is so many division right now, that this can work if they get the right coaches and change up the format.
    I don't mind TUF continuing, but they HAVE to stop holding up titles to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickass32 View Post
    I don't mind TUF continuing, but they HAVE to stop holding up titles to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickass32 View Post
    I'm the same way...almost never watch shows as they air....I'm just saying ratings wise, they have ALWAYS used the neilson ratings as their guide......now because it was the lowest TUF premier ever they chose to use the numbers combined with the replay.....lame
    This is true, maybe it's time for TV to re-evaluate the way to judge viewing figures..........probably the only reason they still judge it as they do is for advertising, more than it is for actual viewership.
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    I would venture a guess that the % of people who actually watch TV as it's aired is less then 50%
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