The Ultimate Fighter 16 episode 1: 947,000 viewers
September 17, 2012
MMA Junkie reports that the season premiere of TUF season 16 scored an average viewership of 947,000 viewers. The rating is the lowest ever for the debut of the TUF series.
TUF 16’s 2 hour season premiere featured the opening fights to get into the house. Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson watched octagon-side with Dana White.
Without a UFC event since UFC 150, one would think that more people would want to tune in to the TUF 16 season premiere see some fresh UFC fights. Of course, watching a bunch of up and coming fighters may not be what the MMA fan is looking for in a Friday night. It appears that the new ratings standard for TUF on FX may be somewhere around 1 million viewers. I did like the promos for the fighters on FX leading up to the debut but we will see if it gains some traction this season.