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“TUF: Live” Ratings Dip Below 1 Million for the First Time in the Show’s History

Ultimate Fighter TV Ratings Drift Below 1 Million for the First Time
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The Ultimate Fighter: Live, just five weeks into season 15, continues its downward trend in the TV ratings.

For the first time in the history of The Ultimate Fighter franchise, an episode dipped below one million viewers. Week five of TUF: Live pulled in an audience of 947,000 to see Team Faber’s Michael Chiesa defeat Team Cruz’s Jeremy Larsen.

The victory kept matchmaking control squarely in Urijah Faber’s camp, but it did little to bolster the ratings.

The UFC and FX had to expect some sort of dip in the ratings during the switchover to an entirely new network and time slot. But five weeks in, I don't know if either side expected this. The time slot for the program is terrible. I personally have yet to watch an episode live and I don't expect to at all this season to be quite frank.

Are the casual fans still sticking to Spike thanks to their counter-programming or is the interest just not there anymore?

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