Spike TV: TUF 12 Premiere Nets 1.6 Million Viewers

By Sherdog.com Staff Sep 17, 2010
The premiere of Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series on Wednesday drew a 1.3 household rating and 1.6 million viewers, according to figures released by Spike TV. The episode peaked with a 2.0 rating among males, ages 18 to 34, and was the top-ranked show on cable with males, ages 18 to 49.

The one-hour season debut featured 14 full or partially edited qualification fights, which whittled down the group of lightweight hopefuls. Among those who advanced to move into “The Ultimate Fighter” house were unbeaten guillotine choke connoisseur Cody McKenzie, World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Jonathan Brookins, HIT Squad representative Kyle Watson and Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres -- a personal favorite of UFC President Dana White.

According to Spike TV officials, nearly 20 percent of the audience DVR’d the episode, so complete numbers will not be available until next week at the earliest. Still, the preliminary figures represent a downturn in viewership from Season 11, which debuted in March with a 1.8 household rating and 1.9 million viewers.

The series’ 10th-season debut in September 2009 remains its highest-rated, as it shattered the network’s previous ratings record for the show with a whopping 4.1 million viewers. The season ultimately earned the series its best marks ever, primarily on the back of former street-fighting sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.

UFC Fight Night 22, which served as a lead-in to the Season 12 premier, drew an average audience of 1.2 million viewers and peaked with 1.6 million for the Nate Marquardt-Rousimar Palhares main event. Marquardt stopped Palhares on first-round punches.
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