TUF Live episode 8 lowest rated ever

by Dann Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com

This past weekend's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" was the lowest-rated in the series' seven-year history, with an average of just 929,000 viewers on FX. It was the fourth straight "TUF: Live" episode to draw one million viewers or fewer.

As part of the UFC's mega-deal with FOX, the series moved from Spike TV to FX in 2012. Prior to this past weekend's episode, the all-time ratings low was set by this season's fifth episode, which drew 947,000 viewers.

During the show's longtime run on Spike TV, "TUF" averaged approximately 1.7 million viewers. During the latest "TUF: Live" episode, Spike TV countered with an airing of "Coming to America," which averaged 933,000 viewers.

While UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com FOX and FX executives are satisfied with the ratings, he said changes will be made before "TUF: Live 2" later this year.

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5/2/12 10:22 AM by Augie Max


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5/1/12 9:24 PM by luctaro


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5/1/12 8:50 PM by vruntson

The best seasons were the ones with "out there" characters such as the Crippler and Junie Browning or the seasons where genuine animosity existed between the coaches such as Tito and Shamrock, Hendo and Bisping. A country v country format has worked and a world series format would definitely work.

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5/1/12 1:49 PM by mixedmartialfarts

I know a lot of people here shit on the TUF format as being stale/boring/whatever but I've watched every season and still enjoy it.  That being said, there are a couple of big negatives that this season has going for it... namely that it's on Friday nights and it's being promoted as a live event but the fight is tape delayed for a whole lot of people. Shift it to a better night during the week and make a deal with FX to actually show the fights LIVE for everyone regardless of timezone.  I would probably tune in if it were live, but since it's tape-delayed anyway I just end up DVR'ing and watching over the weekend.  Otherwise I like the format.

Glovegate site profile image  

5/1/12 1:29 PM by Glovegate

It's on the regular sportsnet channels, brother.

Poindexter site profile image  

5/1/12 1:27 PM by Poindexter

 Friday was a bad decision. Live fights is an improvement. Ratings will get better with some changes in time slot and production tweaks. I reckon.

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5/1/12 12:50 PM by The_Spider

A lot of other shows I watch provide non violent entertainment, so I don't care if there are just fights without drama on TUF. As far as changing the days for the ratings, sure, Thursday or Sunday. But honestly it doesn't matter to me when the show airs, that's what vcr's and dvr's are for.

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5/1/12 11:54 AM by InvisibleControl

It's probably because it's on FX. Most of us here in Canada (or at least my part of Canada) don't get the channel, and unlike the past they don't port it to sportsnet or anything so we have no way to watch it live. Therefore I have to go online and find a stream, or download it at a later date.

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5/1/12 11:46 AM by octowussy

Did all of the dummies who think they know everything -- or however it was Dana referred to everyone -- stop watching?

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5/1/12 11:43 AM by MMALOGIC

 Tuf Live wont last more than 2 seasons... You dont get the drama with the live format, it costs significantly more and visually it looks like crap.  2 guys fightting in a warehouse?  is that what you want people to associate with the brand?  When it's taped you can hide the negative sensory aspects of the product and make it visually, kinesthetically and auditorily more appealing.