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Tick
06-27-2007, 03:41 PM
Source (http://www.wrestlemag.com/news/index.php?p=6177)


UFC: SPIKE TV TOUT UFC ULTIMATE FIGHTER RATINGS SUCCESS
by Phil Lowe
27 June 2007, 9:18 am EST
Spike TV yesterday issued WrestleMag.com with the following press release:

BARRY BONDS AND A-ROD STRIKE OUT AGAINST THE UFC ON SPIKE TV WITH YOUNG MEN ON JUNE 23
More Men 18-34 And 18-49 Watch The Ultimate Fighter 5 Than The Yankees-Giants on Fox on Saturday, June 23
Spike TV’s Telecast Drew More Men 18-34 And 18-49 Than All Other Television Programming In Timeslot

New York, NY, June 26, 2007 –The marquee match-up featuring baseball’s two most talked-about players, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, was no match for Spike TV’s telecast of the much-anticipated rematch between former UFC champions BJ Penn and Jens Pulver amongst young men on Saturday, June 23.

The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale on Spike TV drew 300,000 more Men 18-49 and 261,000 more Men 18-34 on Saturday, June 23 than the coverage of the Yankees and Giants on Fox earlier that day. In fact, during primetime, the 3-hour Spike telecast (9:00pm-Midnight) outdrew anything else on television – cable or broadcast – with Men 18-34 and 18-49.
“The reason our UFC programming consistently beats all other sports on broadcast, cable and pay tv is The Ultimate Fighter’s ability to build stars like Manny Gamburyan and Nate Diaz who resonate with our audience, stated Kevin Kay, General Manager, Spike TV.

Overall The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale reached 2.6 million people with a 3.0 rating in Men 18-34 (834,000), 2.6 rating in Men 18-49 (1.4 million), and a 2.00 HH rating. The telecast peaked with 3.4 million people at 11:30pm for the Penn-Pulver fight. The UFC event also knocked out HBO’s boxing telecast of Ricky Hatton vs. Jose Luis Castillo which aired head-to-head that evening. Despite it being HBO’s most watched fight of the year for Men 18-34, Spike drew 153% more Men 18-34 and 106% more Men 18-49. Overall, the Spike finale drew 800,000 more total viewers.

Spike TV’s UFC ratings easily ran over competition from NASCAR on ESPN 2. The Ultimate Fighter 5 drew 393% more Men 18-34 and 195% more Men 18-49 than the live coverage of the Busch Series AT&T 250.

In the main event on Spike TV, Penn submitted Pulver in the second round of their hotly contested rematch. In the co-main event, Nate Diaz became The Ultimate Fighter 5 victor as his opponent Manny Gamburyan tapped-out in the second round with an injured shoulder.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 91.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

Metalhead
06-27-2007, 06:26 PM
Baseball does suck

Afro
06-27-2007, 06:29 PM
The WNBA >>> Baseball

Gmunit
06-27-2007, 06:50 PM
The WNBA >>> Baseball

whoa Afro, wait a sec

i hate baseball but can at least be left on in the background, which cannot be said for WNBA

Afro
06-27-2007, 06:51 PM
good point

Women's Tennis >>> Baseball

Palma
06-27-2007, 07:04 PM
You guys are fucking idiots and lost mad respect. They are two completely different sports. And what does that say about comparing two nationally tevelised events where one has no regional demographic fan base and the other is completely determined on fans in localized areas. Stupid fucking article and stupid fucking posts. How does a MMA PPV stack up against the World Series? You're comparing Apples and Kiwis..

Afro
06-27-2007, 07:07 PM
You guys are fucking idiots and lost mad respect. They are two completely different sports. And what does that say about comparing two nationally tevelised events where one has no regional demographic fan base and the other is completely determined on fans in localized areas. Stupid fucking article and stupid fucking posts. How does a MMA PPV stack up against the World Series? You're comparing Apples and Kiwis..
I was only joking, cuz I kinda figured you would react like this :grinsmile1: I actually like Baseball, big Marlins and Dice-K fan.

baba
06-27-2007, 09:42 PM
The WNBA >>> Baseball

Funny....I thought the WNBA disbanded due to sheer lack of any and all entertainment value.

Palma
06-27-2007, 10:06 PM
I was only joking, cuz I kinda figured you would react like this :grinsmile1: I actually like Baseball, big Marlins and Dice-K fan.

Ok, you got me, lol. I was thinking "are these guys crazy? Baseball has thousands of games a year between all the teams and they are comparing this to a sport that has 20 events a year?" Ok, you got me. When did you get a sense of humor?

Thaistylist
06-27-2007, 10:22 PM
Good point Palma... Put Game 7 of a series Red Sox vs. Yanks and see how anything does against it. I love baseball and I actually work for a minor league baseball team but why would anyone care about Yanks vs. Giants? They both suck this year lol

Palma
06-27-2007, 10:29 PM
Good point Palma... Put Game 7 of a series Red Sox vs. Yanks and see how anything does against it. I love baseball and I actually work for a minor league baseball team but why would anyone care about Yanks vs. Giants? They both suck this year lol

Easy! jk. I'm a Giansts fan, but both the Giants and Yanks are always slow before the allstar break.

perc10
06-30-2007, 08:17 AM
I can see why the fight drew more viewers,the Westminster Dog Show is more interesting than baseball

Severn
06-30-2007, 06:56 PM
The WNBA >>> Baseball

At least you can give baseball tickets away. Can't do the same with WNBA. I know, I've seen guys try at the bar near my job. Redskins? Sure. Caps? Sure. Nationals? Sure. Wizards? Sure. Mystics? Fuck no.

Thaistylist
06-30-2007, 08:37 PM
Baseball is dull only to dull minds

no disrespect to anyone, just a quote

perc10
06-30-2007, 08:37 PM
Who would want Redskins tickets? Unless of course they're playing Philly

Piz
07-16-2007, 02:27 AM
You guys are fucking idiots and lost mad respect. They are two completely different sports. And what does that say about comparing two nationally tevelised events where one has no regional demographic fan base and the other is completely determined on fans in localized areas. Stupid fucking article and stupid fucking posts. How does a MMA PPV stack up against the World Series? You're comparing Apples and Kiwis..


I agree!