MMAWeekly reports that the most recent episode of this season pulled in an audience of only 929,000. That number breaks the record for the series’ lowest ratings (previously 947,000), which was also set by this season.
As part of their broadcast deal with Fox networks, the UFC brought their flagship reality show from SpikeTV – where the first fourteen season of TUF had aired – to FX. They moved the show up to Friday nights and altered the editing format to run episodes weekly along with a live fight. Regardless of the bells and whistles, viewership is down and UFC president Dana White isn’t happy about it.
“As far as the show goes, it’s a f***ing home run for FX,” White told the Orange County Register last week. “It’s on Friday nights. Friday nights they do movies and reruns. We’re the number one thing in males 18-34 every Friday night. If not, we’re number two if they pull something off that beats us. (FX is) happy as a pig in s***.
“For me, I want to pull 3 million viewers on FX. We’re number on Friday nights every week, which they’ve never had. The (UFC 145) prelims on Saturday on FX were number one. It’s a home run for them, but it’s not necessarily a home run for me.”
Last week’s episode saw Coach Urijah Faber’s team take the lead, as last-picked Chris Saunders defeated Team Cruz’s number two seed via split decision in one of the tournament’s last first-round bouts.