Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator
Fighting Championships suffered a decline in viewership for
their respective Friday night offerings last week.
Episode four of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 netted an average
of 1.1 million viewers on FX, a slight downturn from the previous
week’s 1.2 million. The season high was set during the season
premiere, which garnered 1.3 million observers.
Episode four of the series featured a highly competitive matchup
between Al Iaquinta
Jury. Representing coaches Urijah Faber
Cruz, respectively, Iaquinta and Jury fought to a two-round
draw, forcing a “sudden victory” round to decide a winner. When the
smoke had cleared, Iaquinta was declared the victor by split
decision, earning Team Faber its first win of the season.
Bellator 63 attracted an average of 140,000 viewers on MTV2, a
decrease of 35,000 observers from last week’s Bellator 62, which
posted a season-high 175,000 viewers. However, Bellator 63 still
handily beat the season low of 108,000 viewers, set by Bellator 61
two weeks ago. Featuring the Season 6 welterweight tournament
quarterfinals, Bellator 63 saw Karl
Rickels and Bryan Baker
advance to the semifinal round, which will be contested May 4 at
Bellator 67 when Saunders faces Baker and Amoussou meets Rickels.