The 13th season of The Ultimate fighter continues to struggle to gain traction, with Wednesday’s episode once again falling to 1.2 million viewers.

That’s down 300,000 from last week’s show, and matches the lowest numbers seen for the season so far.  The sixth episode also collated a 0.9 household rating, in addition to a 1.2 rating for both men aged 18-34 and 18-49.

The sub-par ratings over the course of the season so far are likely to have come as a surprise to the UFC who had believed that installing Brock Lesnar as a team coach would ensure high ratings.  Dana White points to a change in timeslot to 9pm ET on Spike TV as the main reason for the ratings slide however.

“You know what the problem is? We changed time; I don’t like the time change,” White told MMAWeekly at the weekend. “At nine o’clock, in that slot, you’re going up against a lot of powerful programming. At 10 o’clock, that was the perfect time for us. We didn’t have any say in that.”

Regardless, White believes that the show continues to be a success, and a fourteenth season is already planned for later in the year.

  • “The Ultimate Fighter 13” episode No. 1: 1.5 million viewers
  • “The Ultimate Fighter 12” episode No. 2: 1.2 million viewers
  • “The Ultimate Fighter 12” episode No. 3: 1.3 million viewers
  • “The Ultimate Fighter 12” episode No. 4: 1.3 million viewers
  • “The Ultimate Fighter 12” episode No. 5: 1.5 million viewers
  • “The Ultimate Fighter 12” episode No. 6: 1.2 million viewers

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