The ratings for the season premiere of this latest season of The Ultimate Fighter have returned and they probably weren’t exactly what the UFC bosses had in mind when they convinced huge pay-per-view draw Brock Lesnar to take a coaching position on the show.
This season’s inaugural episode drew 1.5 million viewers for ratings of 1.0, compared to the show’s highest ratings — from season ten of the show, which featured internet sensation Kimbo Slice — of 2.9 and previous low of 1.2, from season eight.
The drop in ratings was perhaps rashly identified as the popular show’s death rattle by some, an idea at which UFC president Dana White scoffs. The UFC boss hog recently appeared on the famed Underground forum, where he addressed the growing concerns over this season’s so-far weak ratings.
White posted, in typical DFW fashion: “SINCE WHEN IS 1.5 MILLIONS VIEWERS BAD?
People have been saying it is dead since season 4.
Sit back and watch bitches or don’t. TUF isnt going anywhere!!!! deal with it.”
This season’s second episode will air tonight on Spike TV at 9/8C.
Former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar coaches against top contender Junior dos Santos; both men helm a team of seven welterweights each, who will fight in a fourteen-man, sixteen-spot tournament in an attempt to earn a UFC contract.