Episode 6 of “The Ultimate Fighter 16” drew an average of 811,000
viewers to FX on Friday night, according to an industry source.
That figure represents an increase from the previous week, when the
show’s fifth episode attracted a series-low 624,000 viewers to the
network. Overall, “TUF 16” is averaging 855,000 viewers on the
Last week it was announced that light heavyweight rivals Jon Jones and
Sonnen would coach the next season of the show in 2013 -- an
obvious attempt to boost the reality series’ sagging ratings. FX
executives also announced that the program will be leaving Friday
nights next year.
The sixth installment of “TUF 16” saw Team Nelson member Colton
Smith take a majority decision victory against Team Carwin’s
Ellis in a first-round welterweight affair.
“The Ultimate Fighter” began airing on Spike in 2005 and remained
on the network through last year. When the Ultimate Fighting
Championship joined forces with Fox, the series moved to FX in
2012. “TUF 15” was the first iteration of the reality series to
feature live fights at the end of each show, but the UFC has
returned to the taped format for the current season.
Featuring former interim heavyweight champion Shane
Carwin and “TUF 10” winner Roy Nelson as
coaches, “TUF 16” began with 32 welterweights vying for a
six-figure UFC contract. Carwin and Nelson -- along with the
170-pound finalists -- will square off at the show’s finale on Dec.
15 in Las Vegas.