TUF Live LogoThe Ultimate Fighter: Live, the 15th season of the UFC’s venerable reality series, is now three episodes in and the television ratings to this point haven’t been what officials surely hoped for.

TUF: Live week three drew an average audience of 1.2 million viewers, which is dead-on for the season 15 average. Week one pulled in 1.3 million viewers, while week two drew 1.1 million viewers.

More was expected from the series with the move over to the Fox family of networks on FX, coupled with a new jive-live format that features a live fight at the end of every episode.

Many fans on the internet and via social media have voiced their lack of enthusiasm for the show’s Friday night time slot, most indicating that it’s not a good night for staying home to watch television, live fight or no live fight.

UFC president Dana White, however, says that both the UFC and Fox executives are comfortable with the numbers that TUF: Live is drawing so far.

“I didn’t expect to jump on FX and do 3.5 million viewers right out of the gate,” White told MMAJunkie.com recently. “But here’s the thing: The format is awesome. It’s perfect. We’ve got a great season, and we’re going to build this thing.”

TUF: Live is a definite shift away from the previous 14 seasons, which were filmed an edited weeks ahead of airing on television. Under the new jive-live format, footage is shot and edited in between episodes to be a near live experience each week leading up to an actual live fight.

Only time will tell if it catches on enough to take the show to new heights.

For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson Confirmed TUF Latin America 3 Finale Headliner

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

The UFC confirmed on Tuesday night that a lightweight showdown between Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson will headline TUF Latin America 3 Finale. read news >>

USADA Clears UFC’s Ning Guangyou; Banned Substance Likely from Contaminated Meat

  • 18 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC fighter Ning Guangyou tested positive for clenbuterol in May, but USADA ruled he was without fault, saying he likely ate contaminated meat in China. read news >>

Where Are They Now? Episode 5: Luke Cummo

  • 13 days ago
  • 30 views

A decade removed from his run in The Ultimate Fighter, Luke Cummo is still remembered as one of the most unlikely finalists in TUF history. read news >>

Where Are They Now? Episode 6: Shonie Carter

  • 13 days ago
  • 35 views

Shonie Carter showed up to the Comeback season of TUF with a suitcase of neon shirts and an even louder personality. What’s he been doing since? read news >>

Tommy Aaron Looks to Remain Undefeated at Friday’s RFA 42

  • 11 days ago
  • 6 views

Always humble, Tommy Aaron looks to remain undefeated at Friday's RFA 42 in Visalia, Calif. read news >>