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So, Some People Started to Watch TUF 18

So, Some People Started to Watch TUF 18

Yesterday, I implored the masses to start watching The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, as its first episode did piss-poor ratings. It seems that indeed, a few more people listened, as the show’s viewership increased 14% to 870,000 for episode 2. This is somewhat reassuring but still nowhere near the ratings that propelled the show to being considered a hit. However, there are actually several positive signs: it was the highest-rated show on the network since its launch date, and the general upward trajectory hasn’t occurred regularly since the early days of the show.

I myself fell asleep during the first episode of TUF 18, having spent hours watching the prelims and main card of the Fight Night event that came before. When the programming reverted to prerecorded content, no matter how appealing, my meth supply also ran out, so I simply couldn’t hold out any longer. Maybe the lack of meth also explains why certain other people also failed to watch the TUF episode, but really, many fans didn’t even watch the Fight Night card to begin with.

Okay, so maybe it is actually possible that people learned how to tune to Fox Sports 1 for the Shogun vs. Sonnen card on the channel’s launch date, forgot the next Wednesday for the weak UFC Fight Night card followed by the TUF series debut, and partially remembered again. There were also about a quarter million additional DVR viewers for the first episode, but the fact that those numbers are even being released (as opposed to not having been released before) says something about how far the series has fallen since the “glory days” of Kimbo and semen-coated sushi.

  • glassjawsh

    comparing FS1 ratings to Spike or even FX ratings is ridiculous. the network is literally 2 weeks old. how about we wait until FS1 has a chance to establish itself (or flame out miserably) before we blather on and on about such things?

  • CAP

    Stick to smoking meth.

  • agentsmith

    I didn’t know TUF was premiering after that Fight Night card either. And after 3 events in 8 days, I’d hit my saturation point anyway.

  • CarlosDanger

    Am I supposed to believe that?

    How would you describe these


    People who allegedly have access to the channel and fell asleep with the TV on?

  • Shibo

    Maybe you should advertise a chat for next week’s episode so I’m not the only one in the goddamn room. How’s that sound? :P

  • Snails4Dinner

    Ryan see’s what he believes.

  • CarlosDanger


    Gather ’round and sign up to chat aboot chick cage fighting!

    Handing out free dildo’s to winners.

  • kvelertak

    Tuf bloooooooooooooows.

  • CarlosDanger

    I am much too busy watching female cage fighting to pay your bullshit any attention!

  • Mark

    Women’s MMA sucks, I just don’t consider them fighters. An average 16 year old male fighter would annililate them, they’re just boring to watch.

  • Josh

    Brilliant post Mark. By your standard only super heavyweights are worth a watch because they are the biggest and strongest. We could have a monthly PPV of Butterbean vs Bob “The Beast(that falls over)” Sapp as the main event. I would venture to guess that Cris Cybory would pummel you, and would probably even take the fight in your computer room, in your basement, and let you use your life size light saber also.