The UFC is happy with the first season of The Ultimate Fighter live on FX. However, due to ratings the UFC is not satisfied. The UFC & FX expect to make some changes in future seasons of the reality show.
“TUF: Live” has set the lowest ratings in series history. Specifically the fifth episode came in with an all-time low 947,000 viewers earlier in April. Dana White spoke to MMAJunkie.com about the drop in viewership & his relationship with the network.
“It’s not that I’m not happy. I said it’s a home run for them … since they’re dominating Friday nights with 18- to 34-year-old males. It’s not the best position for me, though.
I have – let me tell you – the best [expletive] relationship with FUEL, FX and big FOX. I couldn’t be happier. I wish I was here for 17 years instead of seven. Everything that’s ever come up – every problem – they’re just as passionate and crazy about my business as I am. They give a crap. They care.
This is a team effort. We’re doing what we’re doing this season, and then we’re going to switch some things up. We’re going to make this thing work and make it great – if it’s Friday night or it’s whatever. Believe me.
As far as I’m concerned, FX is better than [expletive] HBO. You’re paying extra money to have HBO when the programming on FX smokes HBO right now. HBO’s known for all its great shows. I’ve heard ‘Game of Thrones’ is awesome, but if you look at the overall network and what FX is doing and HBO is doing, FX blows them away. And that’s on regular cable that you can watch everyday.
We’re going to fix it. I read all the [expletive] from people who have no [expletive] clue what they’re talking about. We’re with guys who are the best in the business. We will get this thing dialed in and make it great.”