The sixth episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live pulled in one million viewers (props to MMAWeekly). The number, while certainly nothing to boast over, is an improvement from last week’s figures.
Episode five of The Ultimate Fighter: Live drew an audience of 947,000, which marked the first time in fifteen seasons that the show’s viewership dropped below the one million mark.
As part of the UFC’s deal with Fox, The Ultimate Fighter was pulled from its longtime home at SpikeTV and deposited on FX. SpikeTV continues to counter-program the show with past TUF installments, as they still have access to the catalog. This, coupled with the show’s new Friday night time slot may account for this season’s low ratings average.
The Ultimate Fighter:Live improves upon past seasons in that it is edited to air weekly, with each episode accompanied by a live fight. This season’s coaches are UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
Episode six of TUF: Live saw Team Faber’s “quiet dog” Joe Proctor defeat resident Team Cruz loudmouth Chris Tickle by submission.