Spike TV issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon to call attention to the ratings for Saturday’s telecast of the live season finale for the sixth season on The Ultimate Fighter.
And the ratings are solid.
The average rating for the three hour telecast was a 1.8 (1.7 million viewers) with a 2.7 rating (769,000) with males between the ages of 18-34, a 2.8 rating (471,00) with males between the ages of 25-34, and a 2.2 rating (1.2 million) with males between the ages of 18-49.
Spike is touting in the release that the telecast “delivered” a total of 2.5 million viewers.
It’s interesting to note that the telecast peaked at 11:30 p.m. ET during the main event between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida with a total of 2.9 million viewers. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that the Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton PPV had already started by that time and that there was stiff competition on basic cable at that time with A&E showing “The Matrix” and TNT airing “Gladiator.”
Based on these results, I don’t think the UFC will ever hesitate to go head-to-head with boxing no matter how big the main event is.