Ratings Are in for UFC Fight Night 21 and The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Debut

MMA Mania has the skinny on UFN 21:

(Spike TV) today announced that the event drew an average of 1.6 million viewers, with the viewership peak coming in at two million for the main event between Kenny "KenFlo" Florian and Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi.

Those numbers are right on par with the previous Fight Night offering, UFN 20: Maynard vs. Diaz, which averaged 1.7 million viewers while also peaking at two million.

And MMA Payout has the numbers on TUF 11:

MMAPayout.com has learned that Wednesday's debut episode of The Ultimate Fighter 11 earned a 1.5 HH rating with an average audience of 1.9 million viewers on Spike TV. The debut was the #2 rated program in the country amongst the M18-34 (2.1) and M18-49 (1.9).

If you recall, the debut of TUF 10 earned a 2.9HH with a 5.3 in the M18-34 and 4.3 in the M18-49. Thus the Kimbo Effect is in full effect. It remains to be seen whether the ratings will dip down to the 1.0 mark that TUF 9 experienced throughout much of the season, but it probably wouldn't surprise anyone.

All signs continue to indicate that the UFC is doing banner business on Spike TV but they are also holding steady at a plateau they reached in the middle of last year. The kind of ratings that Kimbo Slice brought to The Ultimate Fighter are clearly a one-time deal. It remains to be seen how many of the people who tuned in to watch Mr. Slice for free on Spike TV will follow him to PPV at UFC 113.

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