The latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, which features as coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber, debuted on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday night, and already the ratings are up.
As per MMAFighting’s ratings guru Dave Meltzer:
Conor McGregor continued to show his drawing power as the first episode of the new season of The Ultimate Fighter was up 27 percent from the previous season’s debut.
The two-hour special, of fights to get into the house and onto the European team coached by McGregor and the American team coached by Urijah Faber, did 622,000 viewers from 10 p.m. to midnight, and another 66,000 viewers from 1 to 3 a.m.
That’s up from the 490,000 viewers for the first episode of season 21, which was the Blackzillians vs. American Top Team season. Season 20 last fall, which was the season that featured the tournament to crown the first women’s strawweight champion, did 563,000 viewers for the first episode.
Wednesday night’s show peaked at 745,000 viewers.
Are you watching this season? I tuned in, but that’s because I know personally a couple of the fighters.
If you missed the debut episode, here’s a teaser: