As my former basketball coach used to say, “If we gotta go, we might as well go out with a bang.” That’s exactly what FX did this past Saturday in their “The Ultimate Fighter” swan song.
“The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale” garnered 1.71 million total viewers and 1.16 million Adults 18-49, both series highs for FX. For the night, the network ranked #1 in Men 18-34 outright, beating all broadcast and cable networks, while Men 18-49 was the highest-rated in basic cable and second highest-rated overall, behind only FOX which aired NASCAR.
The finale was the most-watched show in all of television in Men 18-34 in primetime on Saturday night. TUF 17 Finale was the second most-watched among Men 18-49, behind just NASCAR on FOX.
A bantamweight brawl between Urijah Faber (pictured) and Scott Jorgensen headlined the show.
The 17th season of the reality show as a whole averaged 1.32 million total viewers and 921,000 Adults 18-49, increases of +45% and +41%, respectively, vs. TUF 16.
“This was a great way to end The Ultimate Fighter’s run on FX,” said Chuck Saftler, executive vice president of FX Networks. “I want to thank Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta as well as Craig Piligian on three amazing seasons of the series. I wish them all nothing but the best in their move to FOX Sports 1.”
After airing on FX for the past three seasons, The Ultimate Fighter will be transitioning to FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports’ newly minted multi-sport national cable channel expected to rival ESPN, in September. The next installment features UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano as opposing coaches.
FS1 launches August 17, with “The Ultimate Fighter 18” premiering September 4 at 10PM ET.