Well, at least Kimbo Slice is good for something.
After pulling in 4.1 million viewers for The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights premiere last year, which of course starred the backyard brawler known as Kimbo, this season of The Ultimate Fighter featuring coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz premiered Wednesday night to the tune of 1.9 million fans.
This is according to Spike TV officials.
All things considered, the rating isn't that bad. TUF 10 smoked all of the previous nine seasons when it came to eyeballs on the product, naturally as everyone wanted to see what that Kimbo Slice character was all about. The ratings high for a TUF show before big, bad Kimbo arrived occurred during season three's premiere when 2.8 million people tuned in.
With the lack of a "big name" to help hype the show combined with the lingering questions regarding the proposed fight between coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, don't be surprised to see these numbers drop.
Though an average of 1.2 to 1.7 million viewers or so per show could hardly be deemed a failure. And who knows, maybe D.W. and the boys plan on adding a twist to spice things up a bit.