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 Sherdog.com 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

'UFC 207 Embedded,' No. 4 and 5: Fight night draws near and Garbrandt and Cruz are fired up

  • 23 days ago
  • 74 views

The UFC returns to Las Vegas this week for UFC 207, and the organization has rolled out the “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Friday’s pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena.Filed under: News, UFC, read news >>

UFC 207 draws sold-out 18,533 attendance, a Las Vegas UFC record, for $4.75 million live gate

  • 22 days ago
  • 5 views

LAS VEGAS – Friday’s UFC 207 event drew an announced attendance of 18,533 and a live gate of $4.75 million.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Mom: 'Average person' just can't understand how much winning means to Ronda Rousey

  • 21 days ago
  • 26 views

Every athlete deserves – and probably needs – a mom like Dr. AnnMaria De Mars.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Ronda Rousey Interest Drives Huge UFC 207 TV Ratings Boost to FS1 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 15 views

Interest in Ronda Rousey’s return to the Octagon at UFC 207 drove strong viewership to FS1 on Friday, Dec. 30. read news >>

Edmond Tarverdyan Coaching Philosophy: Be Great at Everything, Not Average (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 30 views

Ronda Rousey's coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, prior to his charge's fight at UFC 193, laid out his philosophy on coaching. read news >>

12-time UFC vet Efrain Escudero headlines EuroFC 02 against French prospect Mansour Barnaoui

  • 16 days ago
  • 15 views

Efrain Escudero, “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner and a 12-time UFC veteran, meets French prospect Mansour Barnaoui in the main event of EuroFC 02 in the Czech Republic.Filed under: News read news >>

Bellator 174 Draws Women's Featherweight Championship Headliner | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 14 views

Two of the best women’s featherweights in the world will meet at Bellator 174 to determine the promotion's inaugural women's 145-pound champion. read news >>

Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw Named The Ultimate Fighter 25 Coaches | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and his nemesis, former teammate TJ Dillashaw have been named The Ultimate Fighter Season 25 coaches. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 draws 11,589 fans for gate north of $900,000 in Phoenix

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 views

PHOENIX – Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 103 event drew an announced attendance of 11,589 and a live gate of $913,372.75.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Oh, just your average interview with Bellator 170's Chael Sonnen – with one small exception

  • 3 days ago
  • 36 views

In case you haven’t noticed, Chael Sonnen likes to poke fun at the dreadfully self-serious Tito Ortiz. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, Videos read news >>