NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The LIVE finale of Spike TV's The
Ultimate Fighter drew 2.6 million viewers on Saturday, April 9 (9:00-11:30pm
ET/PT), making it the most watched fight in UFC history. The 2-1/2 hour climax
to the highly-rated Spike TV reality series, The Ultimate Fighter tallied a
1.9 household rating (1,726,000).
"These record-breaking numbers illustrate that UFC and the sport of mixed
martial arts fighting is on the rise," says Doug Herzog, President, Spike TV.
"It is also a true testament to the incredible dedicated and fearless athletes
on The Ultimate Fighter."
"Spike TV served as the perfect network to position UFC as the sport of
the future," states Dana White, President, UFC.
Other ratings highlights include the following:
* Triple digit gains in key male demos and viewership -- 3.3/848,000 Men
18-34 up +562; 2.7/1,409,000 Men 18-49 up +477; and 2.6 million viewers
up +229% (all versus year ago - Spike TV aired MXC, WWE Velocity, and
* Most watched show for Men 18-34 on television including the broadcast
networks - 3.3 (848,000).
* Second most-watched original series in network history (finale of The
Joe Schmo Show --3.4 million viewers)
* Most watched Saturday in Spike TV history - 938,000 average audience
* In Total Day (which included a 12-hour The Ultimate Fighter marathon),
Spike TV was #1 with Men 18-34 (1.2/ 304,000) and Men 18-49
(1.0/497,000) in all of basic cable.
The record-breaking fight night from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas
featured a dramatic three-round war for The Ultimate Fighter light heavyweight
crown between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, described by announcer Joe
Rogan as the 'one of the greatest fights in UFC history.' In the middleweight
Ultimate Fighter title bout, Diego Sanchez knocked out Kenny Florian in the
first round. "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken Shamrock lost to rising
star Rich Franklin to a first round knockout in the final bout of the evening.
Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 87 million homes and
is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom
SOURCE Spike TV