Friday night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 averaged
a series-low 947,000 viewers on FX.
Sherdog.com confirmed the figure with an industry source on
Tuesday, who also revealed that
Bellator 64 averaged 175,000 viewers on MTV2, a season high for
the Chicago-based promotion.
“TUF 15” took in 1.1 million viewers last week; the season high was
set in the premiere, which pulled 1.3 million observers. Featuring
bantamweight rivals Dominick
Cruz and Urijah Faber
as coaches, “TUF 15” is the first iteration of the series to air
live fights weekly.
Episode five of the ongoing season saw Team Faber build more
momentum, as Mike Chiesa
took a unanimous decision from Team Cruz’s Jeremy
Larsen. After going winless in the season’s first two contests,
“The California Kid” has now seen his squad win back-to-back bouts,
evening the score at two victories apiece.
Meanwhile, Bellator 64 posted an increase of 35,000 viewers from
last week’s event, which netted 140,000 viewers on MTV2. Featuring
the second world title fight of the season, Bellator 64 saw
Askren successfully defend his welterweight championship
Lima in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Also noteworthy, episode one of FX’s “UFC Primetime: Jones vs.
Evans” averaged 462,000 viewers immediately after the “TUF”
broadcast. Additionally, Spike TV’s Friday night counterprogramming
effort netted an average of 374,000 viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. ET.