I dunno if this was because of MMA fans tuning in to see what Iron Ring was all about, or just another sign that people are interested in different kinds of fight programming. But Iron Ring has been a pretty big success so far:
MMAPayout.com has learned that Iron Ring was the fourth highest rated series premiere in BET history. Despite an 11:00PM post prime time slot, the program posted a 20% increase in viewers over its lead-in. As a result, BET has moved the series to 10:30PM starting with tonight’s episode. The series will now follow BET’s highest rated series, College Hill.
The jury is still out amongst forum users across the MMA blogosphere on whether the show is actually good for the sport. There were a couple uncomfortable moments in episode 3 where racism seemed to raise it’s ugly head – a couple of pissed off black people after the white guy won a fight. But I suppose I shouldn’t be surprise – we knew after episode 1 that the show had 50% wangster content. I’m actually kinda impressed in some strange way that they showed that aspect of things … yes people, there is a lot of anger and resentment out there on both sides. Pretending it doesn’t exist won’t make it go away.
All in all, I can see why Iron Ring is doing well. You never know what the hell is gonna happen on every episode. Hell, I still don’t even really understand how they’re going to determine ‘winners’ or anything. Maybe TUF has just bored me with it’s predictable formula, but I’m liking this ‘whatever’ vibe Iron Ring has going for it.