The third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 26 premiered last week on FS1 with 220,000 viewers on Wednesday, September 13 and the UFC reality show saw a 70 percent increase in the +3 DVR viewership with a total of 373,000 viewers.
The +3 DVR viewership was confirmed to The MMA Report on Thursday evening by Nielson sources.
During the third episode, both teams visited the UFC Performance Institute to check out the new state-of-the-art training and wellness facility that opened earlier this year. While at the UFC Performance Institute, Emily Whitmire saw the director of physical therapy, Heather Linden to look at her injured ribs. Later in the episode was the third fight of the season as Montana Stewart defeated Ariel Beck by submission to advance to the quarterfinals, where she will meet Nicco Montano.
The current television ratings for this season of The Ultimate Fighter is below.
Episode 1: Live+SD – 308k, +3 DVR – 375k
Episode 2: Live+SD – 176k, +3 DVR – 212k *
Episode 3: Live+SD – 220k, +3 DVR – 373k
* – Combined viewership from FS1 and FS2.