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MMA Crossfire – TUF 20 premiere episode pulls in 2.54 million viewers

It’s official. The premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter: A champion will be crowned (TUF 20) is the most watched TUF season premiere ever.

2.54 million total American viewers tuned in to watch, according to data from Nielsen.

The show features 16 female strawweight competitors who are for the first time competing not only for the title of The Ultimate Fighter, but for the UFC’s inaugural strawweight belt.

The show features Canadian Randa Markos, who won her first fight on the first episode against Invicta FC veteran Tecia Torres.

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The figure includes the live premiere data plus encores on FOX and FOX Sports 2.

536,000 viewers initially watched the September 10th debut show, with 1.735 million catching the Sunday, September 14th re-broadcast. Additional re-airs on totaled 267,000.

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Team Melendez fighter Tecia Torres punches team Pettis fighter Randa Markos. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 2.54 million is an increase of 67% over the debut episode of Season 18, which scored 1.52 million total viewers, and 113% over Season 19, which delivered 1.19 million total watchers.

Episode Two airs tonight at 10 pm ET on FOX Sports 1 in the United States and Sportsnet 360 in Canada.

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Team Pettis fighter Randa Markos celebrates her victory over team Melendez fighter Tecia Torres. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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