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Brock Lesnar Fails To Give TUF 13 A Ratings Boost

When Dana White revealed that Brock Lesnar would join TUF 13 as a coach, everyone assumed that his star power would give TUF a big ratings boost much like Kimbo Slice did in season 10. Well, as it turns out, not so much. The ratings are out for last night’s season premiere and they didn’t even match last season’s premiere in average viewers.

The season debut of “The Ultimate Fighter 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos” scored a 1.0 household rating and 1.5 million viewers.

Spike TV officials today emailed the ratings information to (

The March 30 broadcast was the highest-rated cable program in its timeslot among men 18-34 and men 18-49, but the ratings fell just short of the “TUF 12″ debut, which scored 1.6 million viewers in late 2010.

Compared to the 4.1 million viewers that Kimbo Slice drew in the season 10 debut, I’d say 1.5 million is quite a disappointment. Of course, the key difference was Kimbo joined the show to fight whereas Brock is merely coaching. If Lesnar was there to compete, surely the ratings would have been much higher. Still, you would think they would have at least bested the TUF 12 premiere, no?

It’s definitely disappointing, but I wouldn’t sweat it if I was Brock Lesnar. I’d much rather be a giant pay-per-view draw than a television attraction.

  • Jon

    Brock’s not the problem – I just think reality TV in general is now over-rated and past its prime. Specifically towards TUF, how many more trashed apartments, play fights, drinking sessions and sundry partying by the participants, do we want to see? Yawn…

  • sandman

    Dos Santos is an easy going, calm person. He isn’t gonna create a lot of drama with Lesnar. Drama gets people’s attention…

  • Awwaters

    Not to mention the fights are typically boring because the fighters are either playing it safe or lack the skills to finish fights.

  • Quardy

    What? Brock’s in the show? But he is so dry…. :)

  • Matt Silliman

    The show has been the same for a long time now, with only slight twist. They need to bring back challenges like in season one. Or take time off from the ultimate fighter show. You can only do the same thing so many time before people already know what to expect and thus lose interest. They should create another Kimbo Slice. All they have to do is find a real fighter who is good and relatively unknown, fake some street fights and make it look real. Put it all over YouTube let it take off, sign the guy on TUF and watch the ratings boost back up. It’s shady, but it’s business.

  • hangtown

    100%agree with silliman, bring back the challenges, Id love to see them carry brock in a recliner.

  • Philipmorgan1987

    I was amazed how boring I thought the show was, there wasn’t much energy there for being the first show, could of put me to sleep, there has been so much hype about it last few weeks to make it seem like it was going to be awesome, instead I couldn’t keep focused on it, I don’t think it’s the coaches or fighters I could of seem more action, drama, and excitement going to my local mma gym. I also think the producers could of done at least something to keep people interested. Honestly I just want it to get over with so I can watch the fight at the end with the top 2 and the fight with the coaches. this is just my opinion on the show, people can think what they want about it.

  • Yasmin Woods

    Brock has a long way to go…

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