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    Default The Ultimate Fighter numbers are in. Kimbo Slice is a huge hit

    from Spike:

    UFC HEAVYWEIGHTS ARE A RATINGS KNOCKOUT ON SPIKE TV!

    RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR PREMIERE OF
    ?THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVYWEIGHTS?

    Draws More Young Men Than Anything On Television On
    Wednesday, September 16 Including ?The Jay Leno Show?
    And ?America?s Got Talent? Season Finale

    September 17, 2009, New York, NY ? While the ratings for most television series erode over time, ?The Ultimate Fighter? on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV?s ?The Ultimate Fighter? on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.*

    The series, featuring the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts heavyweights, including YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice, garnered 4.1 million viewers, besting the previous ?The Ultimate Fighter? high of 2.8 million viewers for the finale of season three in 2006.

    The show debut also garnered 3.2 million Persons 18-49, demonstrating a substantial amount of co-viewing between men and women.

    ?The intriguing cast of ?The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights? has true mass appeal, and the numbers show that this sport is not just for a niche audience anymore,? said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President.

    The Spike TV telecast bested all competition on television in the advertiser-coveted demographics of Men 18-34, M18-49, M18-24, M25-34 including the highly-promoted network originals ?The Jay Leno Show,? ?America?s Got Talent? season finale, ?Glee,? ?So You Think You Can Dance? and the premiere of ?Beautiful Life.?

    Overall, the record-breaking Spike TV telecast drew a 5.3 rating (1.5 million) in Men 18-34, a 4.3 in M18-49 (2.4 million), a 2.9 household rating and 4.1 million total viewers.

    ?The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights? features former UFC light heavyweight champions ?Suga? Rashad Evans and Quinton ?Rampage? Jackson as coaches and is the only installment in the show?s history to include only the heavyweight weight class (206+ lbs). The cast includes a list of notable athletes with impressive and diverse pedigrees including four former NFL players, UFC veterans, a former IFL heavyweight champ, and a highly-publicized former EliteXC fighter, Kimbo Slice, who gained prominence through his non-sanctioned bouts on YouTube.

    *previous record for a Spike TV original episode is 3.4 million for ?The Joe Schmo Show? season finale in 2003






    I knew this season had me excited for a good reason. Over 4 million people got to see that big dude nearly bleed to death. This is good!
    Lets go Brent!

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    Any notable wrestlers on the show?

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    I'll defer to P Jersey, he seems to know the cast up and down. The answer is there is some good wrestling talent in the house in terms of achievements, but no one who I am specifically familiar with.
    Lets go Brent!

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    What credentials does Kimbo even have to get on this show?
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    Kimbo = Ratings
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    Default Re: The Ultimate Fighter numbers are in. Kimbo Slice is a huge hit

    Can VAK tell me again why Dana signing Kimbo is consistent with what Dana has said all along? We all know he is being paid to be in that house; not fighting for the same contract as the one that Spider Grove won.

    I'm not as interested in this season since so few heavies make for exciting fights. That first fight wasn't very good either.

    I've thought the show has gotten better in recent years but I think this comment is untrue "While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm"

    While this season may be the most popular one, I had read the seasons that followed the first had declining ratings that dropped below what "UFC Unleashed" episodes got
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    Kimbo = Ratings
    Ditto

    Kimbo was involved in the biggest mixed martial arts fight in the history of our sport, drawing in over 6 million viewers. He scored a spectacular late fight knock out to remain undefeated in MMA.
    Lets go Brent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    What credentials does Kimbo even have to get on this show?
    He has just as good if not better credentials than most of the guys on the show. Has a record of 3-1 i believe, trained by one of the most decorated fighters in our sport, and was the main event for one of the biggest orgs in the sport.

    As for wrestlers Jon Madsen was a d2 champ and multiple time all american.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    Can VAK tell me again why Dana signing Kimbo is consistent with what Dana has said all along? We all know he is being paid to be in that house; not fighting for the same contract as the one that Spider Grove won.

    I'm not as interested in this season since so few heavies make for exciting fights. That first fight wasn't very good either.

    I've thought the show has gotten better in recent years but I think this comment is untrue "While the ratings for most television series erode over time, ?The Ultimate Fighter? on Spike TV continues to defy the norm"

    While this season may be the most popular one, I had read the seasons that followed the first had declining ratings that dropped below what "UFC Unleashed" episodes got
    ClaUDALE, THIS INSTALLMENT OF tuf FIGURES TO BE ONE OF THE BEST.

    Damn!!! That darn German Shepard locked my keyboard again while walking by, (one good wag of the tail).

    Anyways, as long as as they don't start with the stupidity of tearing up the house and urinating on each other, I'll keep tuning in.
    Lets go Brent!

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