TUF Live Ep. 5: 947,000 viewers
April 9, 2012
It was not a good Friday for TUF Live last Friday as the series scored its lowest ratings ever with 947,000 viewers. Its the first time the series has dipped below a million average.
It was not a good night for the rest of the UFC programming either as the first episode of UFC Primetime: Jones vs. Evans began after TUF Live. It only garnered 462,000 viewers. As a comparison, Spike TV’s reruns of UFC content received an average of 408,000 viewers.
TUF Live Episode 1: 1.28 million viewers
TUF Live Episode 2: 1.1 million viewers
TUF Live Episode 3: 1.2 million viewers
TUF Live Episode 4: 947,000 viewers
(h/t: MMA Junkie)
Dismal ratings all around for the UFC. Do we attribute the poor ratings on the network change, the change to Friday nights, the content changes or all of the above. Certainly, some viewers may DVR TUF Live and UFC Primetime although the show overruns make recording the west coast reruns impossible unless you record the whole night on FX. As we reported last week, the UFC is still where it wants to be on FX based on the demos and overall performance of the network. But, just like a young team that shows promise, there will be lots of growing pains.