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Ultimate Fighter Live posts lowest Ratings in Series History
'The Ultimate Fighter: Live' ratings: Episode No. 5 averages 947,000 viewers
by John Morgan on Apr 09, 2012 at 4:55 pm ET
Ratings for the fifth episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" were down slightly and resulted in an average audience of 947,000 viewers, which marks the smallest ratings figure in the 15-season run of the series.
Friday's episode, which featured the season's fourth opening-round matchup, followed the 1.1 million viewers who tuned in for the fourth episode.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the figures with an industry source.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Live" features UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and former WEC titleholder Urijah Faber as opposing coaches. Following a two-and-a-half-hour debut episode in which an initial group of 32 was whittled down to 16, the series continues with a fight each week. After pre-taped content, the lightweights-only show concludes with a live fight.
In the fifth episode, Team Faber evened up the season series at 2-2, with Mike Chiesa earning a unanimous-decision over Team Cruz's Jeremy Larsen.
****e TV began airing "TUF" in early 2005, but as part of the UFC's mega-deal with FOX, the series moved to FX in 2012. With the move to FX, ****e TV is now counter-programming the live shows with "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays," which features past episodes of the show.
This past Friday, ****e TV featured two episodes of "The Ultimate Fighter 9." The replays drew an average audience of 408,000 viewers.
Meanwhile, FX followed "TUF: Live" with the first episode of "UFC Primetime: UFC 145," which earned 462,000 viewers.
The "TUF: Live" episode-by-episode ratings include:
"The Ultimate Fighter: Live" episode No. 1: 1.3 million viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter: Live" episode No. 2: 1.1 million viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter: Live" episode No. 3: 1.2 million viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter: Live" episode No. 4: 1.1 million viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter: Live" episode No. 5: 947,000 viewers
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