FX `Ultimate Fighter' Pins Nearly 1.3 Million Viewers


FX's March 9 debut of UFC's revamped The Ultimate Fighter reality series drew a strong 1.28 million viewers, according to network officials.
The series, which formerly aired for 14 seasons on Spike Tv before moving to FX as part of a seven-year Fox Sports/UFC television deal reached last year, also drew 953,000 adults 18-49 and 538,000 adults 18-34, while finishing among the top five cable programs that evening among Men 18-34 and Adults 18-34.
During the live premiere telecast, 16 fighters fought for the right to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, where they will encounter weekly elimination bouts until one fighter emerges victorious and earns a six-figure contract with the UFC.
"We've been anticipating this day since Fox acquired the rights to UFC last summer and we knew it would be a special night for our network," said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President of FX Networks in a statement. "The Ultimate FighterLive makes Friday nights on FX the ultimate destination for MMA fans. We're thrilled with the performance of the premiere telecast and we look forward to an exciting season ahead."
FX The Ulitmate Fighter Live debut however failed to best Spike TV final season average for the series. Spike's 14th season of TUF  averaged 1.5 million viewers for the men's-targeted network last year. Overall, the series drew 2 million viewers for Spike over its 14 season run.