The ratings are in for Friday night’s The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale in Las Vegas and show that an average of 1 million viewers tuned into FX to see the fights.
While that’s up from the final few episodes of the regular season of TUF which had began to consistently dip under the million mark, going as low as 821,000 for the 11th episode, it’s still the lowest ratings ever for a TUF finale in it’s 15 season history, and the lowest for a UFC event so far on the FX channel.
By comparison the live finale for the final season of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV last year drew 2.5 million viewers, indicating just how much ground that FX still has to catch up.
The show also mustered a lower than usual 0.88 household rating for men 18-34, a 0.95 among men 18-49, and a 0.68 for 18-49 year-old’s as a whole.
Considering that it was widely expected that moving to FX was going to lead to an upturn in ratings for TUF it’s been very surprising how things have ended up panning out and it shows that both the UFC and FX bosses have a lot of work to do in order to get the long-running franchise firing on all cylinders again.