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6/12/12 11:01 PM
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TUF will return to a taped format for its next season, UFC President Dana White told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.

The show will remain on Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FX, though White said if "this next season isn't up to the standards I expect, they promised me we can move it to Tuesday or Wednesday... But this season was a smash hit home run for them."

He said casting for Season 16 would begin in three weeks and will debut in September. Season 2 on FX will feature welterweight fighters. White said he still had not determined who the coaches will be.

When Fox struck a deal last August with the UFC, it wanted to put "The Ultimate Fighter" on FX. The only open slot, though, was on Friday night, which is generally regarded as the worst ratings night.

According to FX spokesman Dominic Pagone, TUF was the second-most watched series on basic cable on Friday nights among men 18-34 and 18-49, trailing only ESPN. Pagone said among men 18-49, FX's ratings with "The Ultimate Fighter" improved 141 percent year-over-year.

White said that the perception that TUF was drawing poorly on FX was because Spike executives were leaking ratings to MMA web sites and presenting them in a misleading way.

He said Spike also tried to create confusion in the marketplace by running reruns of TUF programming against the live show on FX.

"At that point, a lot of the big promotional platforms that are within the company are on hiatus," said Chuck Saftler, the executive vice president of FX. "The NFL wasn't there. MLB wasn't there. "Sons of Anarchy," "American Horror Story," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which are all big promotional horses within the Fox and FX world, were all being rested."

"Considering that we launched when we launched without those promotional platforms, I'm really happy with where we are."

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6/12/12 11:07 PM
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The show will remain on Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FX

 
*shakes head*
 
6/12/12 11:12 PM
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Liked the live format, made money on Chiesa as an underdog on every fight
6/12/12 11:14 PM
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6/12/12 11:16 PM
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6/12/12 11:16 PM
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I want to see the numbers of each week, I have a hard time to think it was a "home run" viewers wise Phone Post
6/12/12 11:17 PM
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 No one wants to watch this shit on friday
6/12/12 11:19 PM
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when TUF is on Friday, I watch it on Monday when I get around to it, if at all. If I come here and catch the results, I'm not watching it period.

when it was during the week, I watched it less than an hour after it aired. I'm not stopping my whole weekend to watch TUF, sorry.
6/12/12 11:21 PM
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Nothing says "We're FOX and your show will continue to be relegated to late nights on Friday because it just isn't that big of a draw viewer wise" quite like this.
6/12/12 11:24 PM
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The live fights were about the only redeeming part of the show this last season. And they are staying Friday nights? Got it.

The only people this is good for are the fighters on the show. The 3 fights in
3 weeks thing to close the season was pretty ridiculous and poorly planned. At least now you will see improved versions of the finalists at the finale. Phone Post
6/12/12 11:25 PM
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<p>The show will remain on Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FX</p>
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*shakes head*
 

6/12/12 11:37 PM
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 still won't watch.
6/12/12 11:45 PM
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Should keep it live and move it to Wednesday Phone Post
6/13/12 12:02 AM
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YHTOMIT2001 - Should keep it live and move it to Wednesday Phone Post
Big pappa FOX no likey that. Phone Post
6/13/12 12:05 AM
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I havent watched since season 7.


Looks like that will continue.
6/13/12 12:20 AM
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 MMALogic called for big chances, this is undoing the only change they made to TUF in years. If they think this will fix the ratings, they're kidding themselves
6/13/12 12:52 AM
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I liked the live format.
It's a sport for frig sakes.
6/13/12 1:43 AM
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Farewell Brock - I want to see the numbers of each week, I have a hard time to think it was a "home run" viewers wise <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


They said "home run" for friday nights. Now while I doubt it was a homerun in any sense, the fact that it was on friday nights probably makes it pretty easy to get up there in the ratings for that specific night when hardly anyone is watching tv on a friday night anyways.

IMO the this season wasnt really that interesting to me. I liked the IDEA that it was live but I dont think the way they approached it was good. I really didnt like listening to Jon Anik tell me that these guys are getting ready and then cut to a shot in the locker rooms and then Faber or Cruz suddenly start talking to hype their guy up or give them coaching advice.

I'm not looking for stupid pranks and pissing in fruit salads but I'd like something more interesting. Maybe something more in depth as far as training and techniques go. Show me that the coaches are going over specifics. Maybe that happened, I dont know cause I only watched the first couple episodes but those episodes werent enough to keep me comin back to watch.
6/13/12 2:04 AM
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 For a lot of us not on the east coast, TUF Live was still taped...  I had a hard time getting pumped for "live" fights that happened 3 hours before I was able to watch them.  If FX isn't willing to bump reruns of Two and a Half Men and make the show live for everyone, I'm glad they are going back to the taped format.

That being said, even with the mistakes made with TUF Live the show is still one of the very few shows that I go out of my way to watch and I hope it does well next season.
6/13/12 2:07 AM
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Yeah, the 18-34 crowd is sitting at home on Friday nights watching tv. Fucking idiot tv executives. Phone Post
6/13/12 9:13 AM
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TUF = testosterone using fellows
6/13/12 9:21 AM
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 i realy enjoyed the live format, but oh well....I love TUF regardless.

I would like to see another "veteran/comeback season".

Please Dana, make it happen!
6/13/12 9:26 AM
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 I'd love to hear an elaboration on this statement:

White said that the perception that TUF was drawing poorly on FX was because Spike executives were leaking ratings to MMA web sites and presenting them in a misleading way.



I think the perception that TUF was drawing poorly on FX was because......TUF was drawing poorly on FX.
6/13/12 9:27 AM
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Neil Funk - when TUF is on Friday, I watch it on Monday when I get around to it, if at all. If I come here and catch the results, I'm not watching it period.

when it was during the week, I watched it less than an hour after it aired. I'm not stopping my whole weekend to watch TUF, sorry.
Same here Phone Post
6/13/12 9:41 AM
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Farewell Brock -  I want to see the numbers of each week, I have a hard time to think it was a "home run" viewers wise Phone Post
If it was a homerun they wouldnt be changing it back to taped.
 

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