Initial ratings for TUF 18 are back – 639,000 for last night’s episode. Down from 870K last week, and 762K in the premiere #UFC
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) September 19, 2013
Yikes. So that’s significant. When news first broke about the ratings tank for the premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter, the misogynists united and pointed their masculine and non-dainty fingers at the fact that no one wants to watch female fighters in the UFC as the reason for the ratings malaise (Actually, the more realistic explanation is because of a little show called Duck Dynasty).
Then, the second episode happened. The numbers were better, yet none of those women-hating fight fans could be heard over the overwhelming praise for the female-heavy episode in which the main fight featured seasoned vet Shanya Bazler defeated by newcomer Juliana Pena. You know, the ladies. The ladies raised the bar, the tension, and the ratings. This week, who’s to blame? It’s a small sample size, but as a viewer, I can tell you the third episode of this season didn’t hold a candle to the tension in episode 2 when the ladies were carrying the show.
If there’s a bump upward next week, that indicates a trend.