Mixed martial arts programming took a ratings hit on Friday night, as both “The Ultimate Fighter” on FX and Bellator 61 on MTV2 showed a decrease in viewership from the previous week.

Now in its 15th season, episode two of “TUF” attracted 1.1 million average viewers on FX, a downturn from last week’s 1.3 million observers. Meanwhile, Bellator 61 netted an average viewership of 108,000, the second-lowest viewer turnout for the promotion since it signed on with MTV Networks prior to Season 4. Falling between the two figures was Spike TV’s counter-programming broadcast of “TUF” Season 7 highlights, which averaged 346,000 viewers.

The deck was stacked against both promotions on Friday night, as Bellator 61 and “TUF 15” episode two had to contend with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which likely diverted attention from both programs. Sherdog.com confirmed the information with an industry source on Tuesday.

The UFC’s reality series previously aired for 14 seasons in a pre-recorded format on Spike TV. Now airing on Fox-owned cable network FX, “TUF 15” marks the first season to feature live fights on a weekly basis. Episode two showcased the season’s first quarterfinal matchup, as Team Cruz’s James Vick delivered a shocking knockout of Team Faber’s Daron Cruickshank.

Taking place at the Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, La., Bellator 61 saw four men advance in Bellator’s sixth-season middleweight tournament. While Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky and Bruno Santos all put forth winning performances, it was Brian Rogers who stole the show with his spectacular, jumping-knee knockout of Vitor Vianna.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'The Grass Is Greener': UFC-to-Bellator Signees Speak Out

  • 28 days ago
  • 186 views

For one UFC fighter, a conversation with one of the UFC's top executives sealed his already-evolving decision to test free agency. The two sides had been engaged in a discussion regarding issues rela read news >>

'TUF 24' tryouts slated for April 25; season champ gets flyweight title shot at finale

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

“The Ultimate Fighter 24” will feature male flyweight fighters, and the show’s tournament winner will earn a title shot at the show’s live finale.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Former champ Douglas Lima meets Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 156 in June

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Bellator’s summer return to Fresno, Calif., has its latest fight, and it will feature a former welterweight champion.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 heads to St. Louis in June with 'Rampage' vs. Satoshi Ishii

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Bellator has set the date for its second MMA and kickboxing crossover event, and it will feature the return of Quinton Jackson to the promotion.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, Featured Videos, News, read news >>

Rampage Jackson Returns to Bellator vs. Satoshi Ishii in Dynamite 2 Headliner

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

After a year out of action, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson returns to Bellator to headline the promotion's second hybrid event, Dynamite 2. read news >>

Fighting in Italy, Bellator 152's Brian Rogers won't leave anything to chance vs. Sakara

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

Brian Rogers said he’s honored to co-headline Bellator’s first overseas event when Bellator 152 goes down later this month. He also knows it’s a big risk.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Douglas Lima Faces Chidi Njokuani in Bellator 156 Co-Main Event

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

A duo of Bellator MMA’s top welterweights, Chidi Njokuani and Douglas Lima, will square off in the co-main event of “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2” on June 17. read news >>

Dada 5000: 'I Died' in the Cage During Bellator Fight with Kimbo Slice

  • 27 days ago
  • 24 views

Dhafir Harris, better known to the world as MMA fighter Dada 5000, was clinically dead at the end of his February fight with Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149. That's according to Dada himself, who wrote i read news >>

Dada 5000 claims he suffered 2 heart attacks during Bellator 149 headliner vs. Kimbo Slice

  • 27 days ago
  • 66 views

The medical troubles suffered by Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris in the wake of Bellator 149’s headliner were apparently even worse than previously reported.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

Dada 5000 Claims He Had Two Heart Attacks and Died in the Bellator Cage

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

Dada 5000 posted on social media on Wednesday to let everyone know just how grave his health situation was when he fought Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149. read news >>