As reported by MMAJunkie, the premier episode of The Ultimate Fighter on FX drew 1.3 million viewers, much lower than the 3 million mark UFC president Dana White had predicted the show would hit back in November.
The high water mark for TUF ratings so far remains season ten, which featured Kimbo Slice and pulled in 4.1 million viewers. By comparison, TUFs 12, 13, and 14 — which all aired on SpikeTV — drew 1.6, 1.5 and 1.5 million viewers, respectively.
For their new home on FX, the UFC reworked the standard format employed in fourteen previous seasons of The Ultimate Fighter on SpikeTV. The show is now taped and edited to air weekly, with a live fight to accompany each episode.
The premier episode featured thirty-two lightweight UFC hopefuls battling it out in sixteen, one-round fights that determined who made it into the house and who had to pack their bags. UFC president Dana White, along with coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, watched on as the fighters did battle and offered their commentary.