Despite Massive Push From Dana White and the UFC, Power Slap Slumps to a New Three Week Low

Published 02/03/2023, 4:05 AM EST

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Dana White is the strongest pillar of UFC, the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Ever since White joined the UFC, he has worked from his fingers to toes to build the organization into a juggernaut. He is without a doubt the best businessman when it comes to managing a combat sports-related enterprise. However, despite receiving significant support from TBS, his new endeavor, Power Slap, is not producing the kind of noteworthy results that were anticipated. Even though the show’s viewership significantly increased in the second week, it plummeted lower than ever in the third. The show’s audience dropped to its lowest point in the third week compared to the prior two episodes. The biggest shock in the Power Slap’s failure is that even AEW boosting the program does not increase viewership.

Dana White fails to uplift Power Slap

The show airs every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. on TBS (EST). There will be 8 episodes total, the first three of which have already aired. With only 2,95,000 viewers, the show’s premiere was a complete failure. Unexpectedly, the second episode of the show saw a significant increase in viewers, with 4,13,000 tuning in. However, according to the statistics from Bloody Elbow, with only 2,84,000 views, the third week ended up being the poorest of all. According to the reports, the show’s 18-49 demographic rating was 0.09. On cable, the telecast ultimately dropped to number 51 on Wednesday night.


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TBS delayed the show, which was originally scheduled to debut on January 11th, when the video of White and his wife, Anne White, slapping each other went viral. The show disappointed everyone when it debuted on January 18th, following many contentious discussions. With a 0.10 rating in the first episode, Power Slap: Road to the Title dropped to the 45th spot on the cable charts. After experiencing a significant increase in the second week, the program received a .13 rating among people 18–49 and a. 08 rating among the 18–34 demographic.


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The uncertain future of the show

The show is aired after AEW. When it comes to viewership, AEW has always maintained a high level of consistency. Last Wednesday at 8 p.m., the show was able to draw in 901,000 viewers and earn a .31 rating among viewers aged 18 to 49. However, ESPN’s NBA has always topped AEW when it comes to viewers. With 1.036 million viewers and a .34 rating among viewers 18 to 49 age group, NBA on ESPN always had a massive audience.

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The power slap show has drawn a lot of ire from the entire UFC fan base ever since the UFC president made it public. However, the unbothered White is making every effort to advance the show. His daring decision to take the show live on pay-per-view on March 11 is one instance of the same. Nonetheless, the viewers will have to wait and see to find out if the program genuinely has a promising future.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.
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