The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 premiered last night, Wed., Sept. 21, 2011, featuring middleweight coaches Jason Miller and Michael Bisping, with an average of 1.5 million viewers tuning in to Spike TV.
The cable television network reported the ratings earlier today, which most likely fell below expectations, considering how heavily UFC President Dana White promoted the special two-hour show.
By comparison, TUF 13 (with coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos) pulled in 1.5 million viewers, the exact same as this year and slightly less than the 1.6 million garnered by TUF 12 (with coaches Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck).
One episode down, 11 to go.
In the debut episode, 16 fights were held to determine who would make it into the house. The results were explosive, with eight knockouts, five submissions and just three decisions.
TUF 14 will serve as the lead up to a hugely important middleweight mash up between Bisping and Miller, which is set for the live Finale on Dec. 3, 2011, in Las Vegas.
For a full recap of TUF 14's debut episode click here.