Friday night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live drew an audience of 954,000 viewers on FX according to official figures.
That’s up only 25,000 from the previous week when the show hit it’s lowest ever audience in the history of TUF, and is the third time this season that it’s dipped below the 1 million mark.
The news gets worse for the show however as yesterday it emerged that one of the season’s coaches Dominick Cruz has suffered an ACL tear which will prevent him from defending his bantamweight belt against rival coach Urijah Faber at UFC 148 in July following the conclusion of TUF: Live.
It’s possible that this unexpected development may result in a slight increase in ratings this Friday as people tune in to see how the coaches reacted to this, but beyond that you’d have to think that this takes a lot of the heat out of the two men’s rivalry for now and therefor offers up another reason for fans not to tune in.
Despite the downward spiral the TUF series has suffered in it’s debut season on FX both the channel’s bosses and the UFC remain committed to turning around it’s fortunes and confirmed last week that there will be a Fall edition of TUF: Live which will continue in it’s new Friday night slot.
Following ‘UFC On FOX 3’ on Saturday night Dana White indicated that another ‘comeback’ series featuring UFC veterans is one option that’s under consideration as they look to regenerate new interest in the show.