The TV ratings for the second episode of The Ultimate Fighter 16 saw another dip on FX this past Friday night, with just 872,000 viewers tuning in.
That’s 75,000 viewers less than the season debut last week and would appear to confirm that it’s going to be another troubled run for the long-runnning franchise.
UFC president Dana White came out on the defensive this past weekend after the show was criticized for it’s poor start, claiming that it was still a home-run for FX given that it was still the No.1 most watched program amongst 18-34 year-old males in it’s timeslot.
White is looking through rose-tinted spectacles though. TUF is now pulling ratings that are half of what they used to do at times on Spike TV, something no-one would have expected when they moved to a network like FX which on paper should have actually increased their viewership.
If the show was still “a homerun” then they wouldn’t have felt the need to shut down the “TUF: Live” format after just one season.
That was a clear sign that they felt things weren’t going as well as had been expected, and worryingly the change back to a pre-recorded format in order to focus more on the in-house drama and storylines has so far not resulted in an improvement in the ratings.