When the UFC announced the Ultimate Fighter would go to a live format, UFC President Dana White predicted the numbers for the show on FX would be greatly exceed those on Spike TV. In one interview, White claimed he even believed the new TUF would generate three million viewers on its new broadcast home.
However, the season debut of TUF 15 took place last Friday and viewer-wise the show came up well short of White’s expectations.
According to a report from MMAJunkie the ratings for the show came in at 1.3 million viewers. The reality-based series was generating between 1.5 and 1.8 million on Spike TV.
However, as might be expected, the UFC had a different take on the situation, issuing a press release showing how well the debut had performed in comparison to the rest of the cable-television landscape while pointing out it still beat Spike TV’s attempt to counterprogram and Bellator 60.
The show will continue this week with the first normal episode in that the debut featured over two hours of live, one-round fights allowing winners to move into the TUF house. On this week’s episode coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will select their teams this week while also picking the first two competitors to battle it out in hopes of moving on to the quarterfinals.
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