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The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Premiers on Sept. 14 with a New Approach

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The UFC and Fox broke the ice of their reality TV efforts with The Ultimate Fighter Live, but the live twist to the series is one and done. Season 16 is currently in production and set to premiere on Sept. 14 on FX, minus the live fights of season 15.

The logistics of editing a week of recorded footage in with the live fights didn’t garner larger ratings on FX than the series had drawn in the past on Spike TV, and it left little time to develop the story lines that typically draw viewers deeper into a reality series.

TUF Live averaged slightly more than 1 million viewers per episode, which is below what the series had done in the past. That left a sour taste in UFC president Dana White’s mouth, as he is constantly looking for growth. But considering the Friday night time slot, which was new to the series, it was to be expected...

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Post #1   9/3/12 8:55:38AM   

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Friday night is a dead night. They need to move it to wed or thur night.

Everyone goes out Fri and sat night. I don't know anyone who stays home on a Fri night to watch tv shows

Post #2   9/3/12 10:18:10AM   

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Posted by prozacnation1978

Friday night is a dead night. They need to move it to wed or thur night.

Everyone goes out Fri and sat night. I don't know anyone who stays home on a Fri night to watch tv shows





I forget if TUF used to be on Wednesday or Thursday, but either of those are better. People come home from work, do dinner and watch TUF just like any show that gets you through the work week. By Friday, most people are ready to go out.

Maybe the promotion they are doing will help. I've seen some really good commercials airing lately

Post #3   9/3/12 12:16:53PM   

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I enjoy TUF. I agree Friday night is probably not the best time to air the show. But you know you can always DVR it and watch it when you have the time. Looks like a pretty good talent pool of WW's. And when this is all over we get to see Shane Carwin back in action. A legit top 10 HW. I'm really looking forward to Roy Nelson/Shane Carwin scrap. Should be awesome. Carwin as of right now is a 2-1 favorite over Nelson.

Post #4   9/3/12 5:43:28PM   

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I could care less if it's live or not. Chances are I'm watching 3 weeks at a time anyway. No need to go out of my way to see it.

That being said, I still want to see TUF. Minus the 'reality', of course.

Post #5   9/3/12 5:55:00PM   

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More house shenanigans!!!

I liked the live format to some degree...mostly action and no drama. But I confess, I'd rather get to see the craziness that goes on in the house.

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Post #6   9/4/12 1:47:20PM