The increase in ratings was only temporary.

The fifth episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 16” drew an average of 624,000 viewers to FX on Friday night, the smallest audience since the reality series began in 2005. Industry sources confirmed the ratings with on Monday.

The season’s previous low came Sept. 28, when 775,000 viewers tuned in for Episode 3. Last week, ratings reached a high-water mark of 1.1 million viewers as the show was bolstered by the UFC on FX 5 broadcast that preceded it. Overall, “TUF 16” is averaging 864,000 viewers through five episodes.

The fifth installment of “TUF 16” saw Team Carwin member Igor Araujo take a majority decision triumph against Team Nelson’s Nic Herron-Webb in a first-round welterweight contest.

“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.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Ultimate Fighter's reach continues to grow

  • 10 days ago

It has been over a decade since The Ultimate Fighter first appeared on television screens across America. But even a decade later, the legacy of the show remains strong. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 22, Episode 8 Notes: First KO of the Season

  • 18 days ago

The eighth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 22: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber featured two fights and the first knockout of the season. read news >>

Bellator 145 Edges Out UFC Fight Night 77 for a Rare TV Ratings Win

  • 19 days ago

Bellator 145: Pitbull vs. Straus 3 on Spike did slightly better than UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 on FOX Sports 1 in their recent TV ratings battle. read news >>

UFC 193's Jake Matthews: I lost to James Vick because I got cocky

  • 19 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – UFC lightweight and “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” vet Jake Matthews thinks of himself as a pretty humble guy, but even he’s not immune to the power of the spotlight.Filed und read news >>

Jared Rosholt: It’s going to be all me when I get past Stefan Struve’s reach

  • 19 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – There’s an inescapable fact to fighting a guy that’s seven feet tall: If you’re at the end of his limbs, you’re in the wrong place. Jared Rosholt plans on showing Stefan Struve read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber - Ep. 8 Preview

  • 20 days ago

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber airs on Wednesday, November 11 at 10pm ET on FOX Sports 1. read news >>

TUF Latin America 2 - Episode 12 Preview

  • 20 days ago

It's all come down to this. When The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 started this season, 16 UFC hopefuls from thousands of miles away uprooted their lives to move to Las Vegas for six weeks for read news >>

Singaporean Teenager Benedict Ang Draws Yohan Legowo at ONE: Pride of Lions

  • 22 days ago

ONE: Pride of Lions features an intriguing featherweight match-up between Singaporean teenager Benedict Ang and seasoned Indonesian Yohan Legowo. read news >>

'The Ultimate Fighter 22' blog: James Jenkins on episode No. 7

  • 25 days ago

In his weekly blog for MMAjunkie, “The Ultimate Fighter 22” cast member James Jenkins discusses the season’s seventh episode.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 22, Episode 7 Notes: Backyard Brawl Narrowly Avoided

  • 25 days ago

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber returned to Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday with another preliminary-round fight and a narrowly avoided backyard brawl. read news >>