Led by a fight between Internet sensation Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, the Sept. 30 edition of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights became the most-watched original series in Spike's history and its top show ever among men 18 to 34 and 18 to 49.
The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights averaged a 3.7 household rating and 5.3 million viewers during its one-hour telecast, peaking with 6.1 million watchers, according to Nielsen data. Among that total were 2 million men 18 to 34 (a 6.9 rating) and 3.1 million men 18 to 49 (a 5.4 rating).
The show, according to Spike officials, was the top-rated program on television on Wednesday among men 18 to 34, 18 to 49, 18 to 24, and 25 to 34. It also was the most-watched program among persons 18 to 34 with a 4.7 rating and 2.7 million.
The episode drew more men 18 to 34 than anything program on TV this week thus far, except ESPN's Monday Night Football. According to Spike officials, only seven series in all of television this fall season have attracted more men of that age group, even though The Ultimate Fighter is now in its 10th campaign.
Viewership peaked with 6.1 million watchers in the 9:45 p.m. quarter hour for the Slice- Nelson bout, which now ranks at the network's top UFC telecast. The previous mark was 5.9 million viewers for Rampage Jackson-Dan Henderson fight at UFC 75 in September, 2007.
An encore at 11 p.m. garnered 1.5 million viewers, bringing the combined audience for the telecasts to 6.8 million.