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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episodes 1 Through 10 And Finale

The ratings for season thirteen of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos' will be posted here. Episode 1 posted a 1.0 rating and pulled 1.5 million viewers.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale Pulls 1.8 Million Viewers On Spike TV

The ratings for the last portion of programming for Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter season 13 (the lowest-rated season on record) are in. The Finale, which aired on Spike TV at 9 pm. ET and on tape delay on the West Coast, earned a 1.32 household rating. The show also pulled a 1.74 in males 18 to 49 and a 1.95 in makes 18 to 34. The average audience was 1.8 million viewers.

These numbers are, expectedly, down from season 12. Season 12's finale earned a 1.4 household rating and averaged 2 million viewers. That show peaked with 2.3 million viewers.

At The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, lightweight Anthony Pettis lost a three-round decision to Clay Guida in the co-main event. In the main event, Anthony Ferguson of Team Lesnar defeated Ramsey Nijem from Team dos Santos to win the season and the reported six-figure contract.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter season 13 ratings, read Dave Meltzer's take on what ails the show and what's in store for its future.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 10 Draws 1.2 Million

The final episode of season 13 of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' pulled in a household rating of 0.9. Among males 18 to 49, the show earned a 1.14 rating while among males 18 to 34 the show pulled in a 1.2 rating. The average audience for the episode was 1.2 million viewers.

Last night's show featured two semi-final fights. Team Lesnar's Chris Cope lost to Team dos Santos' Ramsey Nijem by second-round TKO. In addition, Anthony Ferguson defeated fellow Team Lesnar member Chuck O'Neil by third-round TKO.

The average number of viewers for this season is 1.24 million per episode. The season high was 1.5 million achieved both during the series debut as well as episode 5. A season low of 1 million viewers occured during episodes 7 and 9. To date, this is the lowest-rated season ever of the series. UFC President Dana White has also previously indicated the number of episodes for this season with Spike TV were fewer than in previous seasons.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 9 Draws 1 Million Viewers

Ratings are in for episode nine of Spike TV's thirteenth season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'. According to Spike officials, last night's show earned a 0.9 household rating, a 1.0 in makes 18 to 49 and a .90 in males 18 to 34. The average audience for the episode was 1.0 million viewers.

Spike TV officials note there was strong competition during the time slot. The NBA Playoff game between the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder on ESPN began at 9:01 p.m. and averaged a 4.96 in males 18 to 49, a 5.10 in males 18 to 34, and pulled a total 7.0 million viewers

The American Idol finale on FOX (8-10 p.m. ET) averaged a 7.06 in males 18 to 49, a 5.39 in males 18 to 34, and reached 29.3 million viewers.

Last night's episode featured two quarterfinal fights between Chuck O'Neil and Zachary Davis as well as Anthony Ferguson and Ryan McGillivray.

Be sure to read Tony Ferguson's blog post for week 9 here at SB Nation MMA.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 8 Earns 1.2 Million Viewers

Ratings for Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' continue to hold steady more than halfway through the season. According to reports from Spike TV officials, last night's episode (the eighth of the season) earned a 1.12 household rating. More specifically, the show pulled a 1.1 in males 18 to 49 and a 1.14 in males 18 to 34. The average audience last night was 1.2 million viewers.

The episode featured two fights: Clay Harvison of Team Lesnar vs. Ramsey Nijem of Team dos Santos as well as Chris Cope of Team Lesnar vs. Shamar Bailey of Team dos Santos.

Spike TV officials also note among basic cable networks between 9 and 10 p.m. ET, the show ranked second in makes 18 to 34 behind NBA Playoffs on TNT, game two of the series between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

Questions regarding the removal of season 13 coach and one-UFC 131 competitor Brock Lesnar from his number-one contender fight with fellow season 13 coach Junior dos Santos appear to be at least somewhat answered. The show's ratings did not demonstrate an appreciable slide or decline, likely indicating viewers watching the program were not doing so to monitor Lesnar's rivalry or relationship with dos Santos.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episodes 5 And 6

I'm a little behind on keeping this stream up to date, but wanted to make sure we had comprehensive coverage of the ratings for this season of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter'. For episode five, TUF earned a 1.1 household rating overall. In males 18 to 49, it drew a 1.3 rating and 1.4 rating in males 18 to 34. The audience average around 1.5 million, meeting the season high achieved with the debut episode.

Episode six earned a 0.9 household rating overall. In males 18 to 49 and 18 to 34, it drew a 1.2. The average audience was approximately 1.2 million viewers.

These numbers are in line with the general performance of the season. However, as we note with the episode seven update, the show's ratings dipped dramatically when going nearly head-to-head with the NBA playoffs on TNT. With the removal of Lesnar from his number one contender bout with Junior dos Santos at UFC 131, there's an open question of whether the ratings will further decline.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 7 Draws 1 Million Viewers, Lowest Of Season

The ratings for episode seven of this season of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' are in and they're not exactly pretty. According to Spike TV officials, the show earned a 0.8 household rating. In the males 18-49 and 18-34 demographics, this episode pulled .90. The total average audience was 1.0 million viewers.

Spike TV officials note, however, there was serious competition for the ratings. The NBA Playoffs on TNT (from 7:00 p.m. to approximately 9:40 p.m. ET averaged a 5.04 in males 18-34 and 6.8 million viewers. The coverage peaked with 10.8 million viewers for the final 10 minutes.

These figures represent the lowest ratings and viewership numbers for this season to date.

There are also questions moving forward about how the show will perform in the ratings now that Brock Lesnar has withdrawn from his UFC 131 with Junior dos Santos. While Lesnar did not provide the ratings boost Spike TV or the UFC expected, the premise of their appearance as coaches was that the two would eventually compete against one another. In other words, the show is a long-form commercial for an event that is no longer taking place.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 4 Holds Steady At 1.3 Million

Officials at Spike TV tell SB Nation MMA that episode four of season 13 of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' earned a household rating of .93. The show drew a 1.24 in males 18-49 and 1.23 in males 18-34, the two most coveted demographics. Overall, the average audience was 1.3 million viewers.

Episode 3 pulled as follows:

The overall ratings might be down from previous seasons, but Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' saw a bump up from their second episode. According to Spike TV, the third episode of TUF 13 earned a 0.9 household rating over all. In the 18-49 male demographic, the show pulled a 1.4 and a 1.7 in men 18-34. The overall average audience was 1.3 million viewers.

Episode 2:

TUF earned a 1.0 hh rating - 1.13 in M18-49,  a 1.4 in M18-34, and an average audience of 1.2 million viewers

And episode 1? This:

Episode drew in 1.5 million viewers with a 1.0 household rating.

The show isn't getting perceptually worse, thereby keeping this baseline number of viewers turning. But that may be the other side of the argument: perhaps 1.2 or 1.3 million viewers is the baseline. Some would content the show is making appreciable gains in quality, but if so, it's doing that without appreciable gains in viewers.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 3 Reaches 1.3 Million

The overall ratings might be down from previous seasons, but Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' saw a bump up from their second episode. According to Spike TV, the third episode of TUF 13 earned a 0.9 household rating over all. In the 18-49 male demographic, the show pulled a 1.4 and a 1.7 in men 18-34. The overall average audience was 1.3 million viewers.

The numbers at this point are generally commensurate with those of previous seasons, though slightly lower.

Still, as Spike TV officials pount out, among basic cable networks between 9 and 10 p.m. ET, TUF 13 ranked number one in males 18-49 and 18-34.

While the comparative time slot is worth noting, the slight uptick likely represents more the high point of a stabilized number rather than the beginning of a trend. However, we will continue to monitor the ratings throughout the season.

Episode 1 ratings.

Episode 2 ratings.

For an episode three recap by cast member Anthony Ferguson, please go here.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 2 Pulls 1.2 Million Viewers

I'm late to posting this, but it's important. Spike TV has released the ratings for the second episode of season 13 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'. They're down from episode one:

TUF earned a 1.0 hh rating - 1.13 in M18-49,  a 1.4 in M18-34, and an average audience of 1.2 million viewers

Recall that the debut episode for season 13 is the lowest-rated debut of any season of TUF to date. Mike Fagan speculates about the cause for the depressed numbers:

In Wednesday's live thread for episode two, I talked about a few factors that might be contributing to the decline in ratings from previous seasons. I'm inclined to believe that the new time slot is hurting the show more than anything else.

The show may have become formulaic, but that formula still drew a 1.2 debut rating for season 8 featuring Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, neither of which is near the star that Brock Lesnar is today. And I have a hard time believing that people have lost interest in the former heavyweight champ, considering the traffic boosts his name gives this very site.

That leaves us with the time change as the biggest variable between this season and seasons prior. Presuming that the Ultimate Fighter won't serve as a lead-in for Coal for its fall season, it will be interesting to see if Spike TV reverts the show back to its 10 p.m. ET time slot, and if that brings the ratings back up to its former numbers.

To recap the prevalent memes surrounding why the show's numbers have sunk, we have the aura of Lesnar being damaged in fights with Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, a lack of friction between the coaches, the new timeslot, the lack of lead-in (for the debut episode) with live fights, a tired format and unimpressive roster of unknown fighters with dubious upside.

I can't comment on any of these criticisms. I think it's far too early to know what's causing this. My hunch is that the criticism of Lesnar's allegedly diminished drawing power is grossly overstated and the lack of conflict between Lesnar and Junior dos Santos is far more the issue. It's hard to argue the format isn't in need of reinvention as well.

We will continue to monitor these numbers as the season progresses. Stay tuned.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Ratings: Episode 1 Draws Historically Meager 1.5 Million Viewers

The ratings for episode one of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' season 13 are in and they are surprisingly low. According to MMA Junkie, the episode drew in 1.5 million viewers with a 1.0 household rating. That is the all-time lowest rating ever for a debut episode of TUF for any season. Despite the inclusion of coach Brock Lesnar and the strong public relations tour he took part in promoting the series on radio, ESPN and late night television, the ratings actually dipped.

Here are the ratings for the debut episodes of TUF for all previous seasons:

Season 1 - 1.42
Season 2 - 1.8
Season 3- 1.95
Season 4 - 1.7
Season 5 - 1.4
Season 6 - 1.5
Season 7 - 1.3
Season 8 - 1.2
Season 9 - 1.34
Season 10 - 2.9
Season 11 - 1.5
Season 12 - 1.3

Still, the numbers aren't all bad. According to MMA Fighting,"The series is still a powerhouse for Spike TV, as the premiere finished first in viewership for males 18-34 and males 18-49 during the 9-10p.m. ET time slot."

A few questions to consider about why the numbers are low:

1. Did the performances against Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, performances where Lesnar looked to be unable to handle any striking whatsoever, affect Lesnar's star power?

2. Is the audience who purchases Lesnar's pay-per-views uninterested in watching him compete?

3. Is the lack of heat between rival coach Junior dos Santos affecting the ratings?

4. Did the lack of a typical live fight lead-in hurt the numbers? Why wasn't UFC Fight Night 24 the lead-in for this season of TUF?

5. Outside of a serendipitous grab, e.g. nabbing Kimbo Slice for the show, how viable is the TUF format in its thirteenth season?

6. Is the "kinder, gentler" Lesnar, the post-health scare Lesnar, detrimental to ratings?

7. Is this little more than ratings panic in what could easily be a slow start to a highly successful season? Can we really make a generalization about Lesnar's drawing power based on one rating?

SB Nation MMA will continue to monitor the ratings of this season of TUF in this space, ups, downs and whatever direction the numbers go.

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