Much like the past couple of season’s of the UFC’s venerable reality series The Ultimate Fighter, the current season is floating along in the ratings game, doing well, but not making any headway on past results.
The ratings for Wednesday night’s third episode of the fourteenth season averaged 1.3 million viewers, still doing well in it’s key demographics of Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, but losing ground to the first two episodes of the season. The premier episode pulled in 1.5 million viewers, while the second episode bumped up slightly to an average of 1.6 million viewers.
Despite this being the final season of the reality series on Spike TV – TUF moves to a “jive-live” format on the FX network in 2012 – hopes were high with a fiery combination of Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller as coaches for the current edition of TUF. Bisping and Miller are both championship caliber trash talkers with world-class caliber skill sets to boot.
So far, the combination of coaches has yet to stimulate a revival in audience ratings along the lines of what YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice was able to bring to the series. He was on season ten, dubbed The Heavyweights, which drew in the neighborhood an average of three million viewers per episode.
The series is likely to receive a major boost in ratings when it switches over to FX, particularly with those that are curious about the series’ shift to a near-live format.