The Ultimate Fighter 5 started out with an OK 1.4 rating for its premiere then fell to 1.3 for episode 2, now MMAWeekly.com is reporting that last week’s episode fell further to a 1.2 rating. The bout on the show was hyped as one of the best TUF fights ever, a sentiment echoed by Dana White on the episode but the rating boosted just slightly when the fight aired to 1.3. Here’s pare of what MMAWeekly.com had to say:
An overall rating of 1.2 is still an excellent rating for cable, but it’s not significantly above Spike TV’s primetime average of 1.0. More importantly, it is significantly lower than the overall rating that the show’s sponsors were told to expect, as the Wrestling Observer has reported that advertisers were told to expect a 1.7 overall rating for the season premiere. If the overall ratings of TUF 5 were to sink any lower than 1.0, the series would actually be dragging down Spike TV’s primetime average at that point, but it seems unlikely that the ratings will decrease to that extent in the coming weeks.
From the sounds of things both the UFC and Spike had planned on this season being a rebound from the low ratings of TUF 4 but it appears, for now at least, that that simply isn’t going to happen. It isn’t panic time for just yet but if the ratings continue to dip or remain stagnant I think we will see some sort of changes for season 6 of the show this fall.