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‘TUF 17 Finale’ Draws 1.7 Million Viewers for Highest Rated FX Finale Yet

(Cat Zingano’s emotional entrance that was sadly cut from the FX broadcast. “The fights that will silence WMMA detractors,” indeed.)  

Just a quick update on the TUF 17 Finale, which continued with the recent trend of steadily rising UFC events to air on the FX network this past weekend. Whether it was the lure of seeing Uriah Hall cement his status as “The nastiest guy in TUF History” (Spoiler Alert: He didn’t.), the promise of the next challenger to Ronda Rousey’s throne, or the chance to catch a good old fashioned throwdown between two of the WEC’s finest, the TUF 17 Finale was a clear success all the way from the quality of the fights themselves to the ratings numbers the event was able to draw in. MMAJunkie’s John Morgan passed along the numbers via Twitter:

Aside from testing highest in the key demographic of 18-49 year-old males, the TUF 17 Finale surpassed both the TUF 15 (1.0 million) and TUF 16 finale (1.3 million) — which were also broadcast during the 9 p.m. slot on Saturday nights —  in terms of viewership.

The numbers for the TUF 17 Finale – like UFC 157 before it – continue to prove that WMMA can in fact become more than an occasional niche market in the UFC. Sure, the Zingano/Tate war was not solely responsible for the finale’s excellent ratings, but you can almost guarantee that those numbers peaked during their Fight of the Night-earning war.

In short, it appears that WMMA has just begun to hit its stride in the world’s largest MMA promotion. Now if only we could start paying them a little more

-J. Jones

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dipsetkilla316- April 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm
@friedtaco very classy.
Fried Taco- April 17, 2013 at 8:24 am
Dat's my middle name, Fried Classy Taco!
5knuckleshuffle- April 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm
Nobody knew who Meisha Tate was before that fight? You just come out of a bunker or something?
Lex Talionis- April 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Good for Cat, the outcome for Tate wouldn't be any different against Rousey the second time around. And now she doesn't get the spotlight for a season of TUF to babble her excuses and bring carraway's bitch ass in as part of her training team. Cat atleast brings a different set of skills to the table. Striking is definitely the hole in Rousey's game so I'm looking forward to that fight. (Not to be confused with looking forward to the train wreck that is sure to be this seasons COED TUF)
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- April 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Tate and zigano was the hottest fight to date.
Tai-Pan- April 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm
Really, we're going to attribute these ratings to two bitches nobody knew about? Lets be honest, we came to see Hall woop some ass.
Fried Taco- April 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm
The real thanks goes to, that put up a message for people to tune in to FX to see "two bitches in a bloody fight until an ugly bitch steps in to stop them".