This season the UFC decided to switch things up with “The Ultimate Fighter”, no longer airing on Spike TV, but on FX and even more importantly, all the fights are now live instead of pre-recorded. Sounds like a good idea right? Oddly enough though, this season of TUF has had the lowest ratings of all 15 seasons. With this past episode being the lowest at just 947,000 viewers. Although the show is still one of the highest rated Friday night shows, Dana White is not pleased and plans to make some changes,
“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.”
Friday nights in the past have been known not to have to best TV shows on for younger male viewers, but White and FX know this and are using it to their advantage for seasons in the future.
“I have – let me tell you – the best f***ing 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.”
Luckily for FX, White has total faith in them, and feels they know exactly what’s best for the coming seasons of TUF.
“As far as I’m concerned, FX is better than f***ing HBO,” he said. “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.”
Although White still feels that TUF hasn’t reached it’s full potential yet, and hopes to make it better than just ‘good.’
“We’re going to fix it,” he said. “I read all the s**t from people who have no f***ing 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.”
Source: MMA Junkie