The fifteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter started off strong enough, drawing 1.3 million viewers to the premier episode. TUF Live has since dropped down to an average audience of 1.014 million viewers per episode.
Friday night’s episode 12 marked the fifth consecutive week of viewers below one million. Week 12 pulled in an audience of 875,000 viewers for the season’s second semi-final bout, setting up this week’s finale on FX.
FX has still been happy with the ratings, primarily because Friday nights are a notoriously tough draw for any show.
UFC president Dana White, however, expects more from The Ultimate Fighter and will continue to work on the show to improve both its content and its ratings.
“I told you guys when we did this deal there's a lot of work to do over the next two years.”
The first Ultimate Fighter Finale on FX takes place Friday night, live from Las Vegas.