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TUF ratings

The fun thing about statistics is you can often twist and turn them to make whatever point you want to. For example, the above list of stats represent the ratings for all the seasons of TUF. While there’s obviously a pretty big rating slide from the 1st season to the latest season, but you could argue that the UFC stopped bleeding out and actually gained more viewers in the 18-34 age group than last season.

You can also argue that Season 4 was SO FUCKING BAD that it crippled TUF in a way that it has never been able to recover from. Or you can just go with your gut feeling and realize that the TUF formula is stale and needs a serious revamping … one I don’t think we’ll be seeing in Season 8.

14 COMMENTS
  • garth says:

    CHARIOT RACES!

  • kentyman says:

    COACHES PLAYING FOOSBALL FOR $10,023!

  • Jackie Chiles says:

    Where is the guy with the brilliant argument yesterday that TUF is not stale? I’d like to hear from him again.

    And no, adding 1 more round of fights that affects 2 episodes of the season and showing 5 more minutes of locker room time instead of guys pissing themselves, fucking with each others chew, and shooting each other with net guns does not equate to a revitilized show.

  • i wonder if the rate of older views went up during TUF 4

  • Steve says:

    Those numbers are actually pretty good.

    The normal lifecycle of reality TV shows is that their ratings are constantly on the decline. The fact that TUF bottomed out in season 4 and has remained relatively stable ever since is a huge win for SpikeTV.

    I would also argue that TUF3 is the outlier rather than TUF4. The Ken-Tito factor created a one-time ratings boost that TUF has been unable to replicate. The ratings for TUF4 don’t look all that bad when you compare them to TUF2 or TUF5. It is only when you compare them to the outstanding TUF3 season that they look like shit.

  • S. Jennum says:

    Keep in mind season 3 featured Tito, who gets ratings like no one else. I’m not saying season 4 didn’t suck, but season 4 could have been the greatest season in the history of seasons and it still would have dropped in the ratings.

  • Lifer says:

    I think to boost ratings they should have way more footage of the failures that applied but didnt get onto the show a la american idol. half of them are truly fucking insane. really, who is buying the dvd set of this fucking show just to see that?

  • godzillad says:

    Season 4 sucked so much. I actually stopped watching halfway through. Boring as shit. I tuned back in for the Cote/Rivera fight, still boring as shit.

  • Rise of The Machines says:

    Actually, TUF 4 was my favourite season to date, just because it had Serra and Shonie Carter.

  • caspersghost says:

    I’m pretty sure that they are contracted to Spike to deliver at least two more seasons.

  • caspersghost says:

    in fact they are already in the second week of shooting for Season 8.

  • crs says:

    I love it when people shit on season 4 being boring and then complain in the next sentence they hate the fighters acting like drunken jackasses all of the time. That’s exactly why you didn’t like season 4: because it featured how guys in their 30s act instead of how 20 year olds act. People in their 30s are not interesting television. They’re not going to smash shit up because you called them a bastard or get in a screaming match over whose poop really clogged up the toilet, because they’ve already grown up and have families. And that’s why we’ll never see a ex-UFC season again….unless they round up a bunch of TUF cast offs.

    The reason nobody watches it anymore is because just like any reality television show since The Real World it’s only great for one year. The next seasons cast members were fans of the previous seasons and think they have to fill a spot left by the previous cast member to get on. Like now every Real World has to have a drunk, a flaming gay guy, an angry lesbian, a virgin hick, a Republican, the stereotypical black guy, and some really emotional bitch to cause all the problems. Now every TUF has to have the cocky guy who isn’t as good as he thinks he is, the crazy asshole, the two guys with actual talent, the comedian, the two guys who fought before and the one who lost wants revenge, ect. And unless they go to other countries to get fighters who have no access to Spike, this is the way it’s always going to be.

  • HAMMER says:

    TUF?? THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER?? ARE YOU KIDDING?? LOOK AT THIS YEARS FINAL?? IS THIS THE FUTURE OF MMMA AND UFC?? I THINK PEOPLE ARE TUNING OUT COZ THE TWO CRACK HOES ON THE CORNER THROW BETTER PUNCHES THAN THESE HACKS.. WHAT A JOKE.

  • HAMMER says:

    AND KENTYMAN. EASY WITH THE CAPS PLEASE..

    TUF.. what a turd of a show.. at least the contender had some guys with decent previous records and solid skills.. Tuf aint enuf………

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