The experiment of Dana White’s Power Slap on TBS has come to an end. Nonetheless, the show has already found a new home.
On Monday, representatives from Warner Media and TBS confirmed to news channels that the network will not be airing Power Slap following the first season finale.
The reality show and competition series was launched on TBS in 2022 due to the popularity of slap fighting on social media and YouTube in recent years.
The show’s season finale was aired exclusively on Rumble, a streaming service that hosts several prominent conservatives, including ex-President Donald Trump’s Truth Social brand.
The live Power Slap finale took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and was broadcasted directly after the UFC Las Vegas card from the Virgin Hotel and Casino.
Although viewership varied during the first season, the final episode drew an average of 220,000 viewers with a .05 rating in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic.
Even before TBS confirmed the show’s cancellation, White announced a deal with Rumble for a full-time move to the streaming platform. White hopes to shift the show’s location to Abu Dhabi for the second season.
White stated on The Pat McAfee Show, “I’ve come to a two-year deal for [Power Slap]. We haven’t done the deal yet but we have a term sheet. I have a term sheet with Rumble for the next two years to deliver two more episodes of the reality show, Power Slap, and eight live fights, and I’m working on a deal right now to film season 2 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.”
The first season of Power Slap was filmed in Las Vegas after the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) unanimously voted to sanction the sport in October 2021.
The former NAC chairman, Stephen Cloobeck, who voted to approve the sport in Nevada, recently expressed regret over his decision, stating: “I made a mistake. I’m not happy about it.”