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‘TUF 16′ Episode 3 Draws 775k Viewers, Sets New Record for Worst Ratings in Show’s History

(What if they threw a mattress into a pool…and nobody came? / Props:

I’m sure a lot of you couldn’t care less how many people are watching The Ultimate Fighter — and yeah, we’re beginning to sound like a broken record at this point — but you’ll have to forgive us, because we have a perverse, car-crash-rubbernecker fascination with how low these numbers are dropping. As MMA Junkie informs us, episode 3 of TUF 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson took in just 775,000 viewers, which sets a brand-new record for lowest viewership of a TUF episode. The previous record-holder was the eleventh episode of last season, which pulled in 821,000 viewers.

TUF 16′s viewership numbers have sunk about 18% from the premiere’s, which were shaky to begin with. While the 0.5 rating that Friday’s episode drew in the Adult 18-49 demographic was good enough for #4 in its timeslot among cable programming — behind re-runs of American Dad, Law & Order: SVU, and Diners, Drive Ins & Dives — it finished 98th out the top 100 shows on Friday night in terms of total viewers.

As Dana White might say, that’s an absolute home run and we should shut the fuck up. But still, the audience is simply not sticking around from week to week. So instead of making a new post every time TUF hits a dubious new ratings record, we’ll just ask you: How low will the viewership get this season? Throw your guesses in the comments section, and the closest guess wins a CagePotato t-shirt at the end of the season. We’ll start: 660,000. Your move.

Related: The WWE can’t help kicking TUF when it’s down.

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tp24890- October 3, 2012 at 2:39 am
Something will happen on TUF 16 that has already taken place from TUF 1 - 15. Just by different people. Nelson will also probably be caught on tv eating a whopper.(Maybe covered in Carwin's "Mayonaise") still might taste better than semen sushi. Only way to find out is to watch on THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER! *Cue music *
guelph gym- October 3, 2012 at 2:24 am
wow i thought they stopped this sit com after gsp and kos were the hosts i guess you do learn something new everyday whose hosting this one anyway if i thought the show was no longer airing then my guess will be 518,000
Mr_Misanthropy- October 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm
It has been said over and over again but they should not be showing this show in the time slot when 80% of their demographic is at the bar trying to get laid.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm
Ah crap, I recycled an already dead joke because I didn't read the comments section.

At least I didn't recycle an already dead entertainment concept and try to pass it off as prime time television.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm
*listens to crowd*

ONE Dollar!
jonjonesbentley- October 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm
Paste- October 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm
I will watch it 3x to help.... who am I kidding, I don't have FX...
onebaldegg- October 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm
720,000 will be the lowest rated show this season. Which is sad since it is also the most entertaining episode to air. It's the episode where Carwin tries to breastfeed a pizza box.
Fried Taco- October 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Bonus tie breaker question: when TUF hits the lowest point, how many of the viewers will be wearing Affliction and TapouT shirts?

My guess is 2.
Knacker- October 2, 2012 at 11:18 am
And I'm sorry for being impatient
The12ozCurls- October 2, 2012 at 10:52 am
The correct number is 17.
The only people left watching after the next few episodes are the fighters themselves and that fat-ass egomaniac Roy Nelson. Seriously though, my guess is 694,000.
angry little feet- October 2, 2012 at 10:35 am
GistoftheFist- October 2, 2012 at 9:56 am
Will someone please, at long last, tell me how to submit entries for "fight of the week"? I've been asking in these comment sections for months now and nobody ever replies.
RSparrow- October 2, 2012 at 9:53 am
Alan K- October 2, 2012 at 9:31 am
I'll go with 525,000, but I'll secretly hope it drops all the way down to 1 so I can be all like "yeah, that's me. What of it?"
Fried Taco- October 2, 2012 at 9:18 am
I mean, who wants to watch some fake-ass reality show with little to no action instead of the real action on WWE Friday Night Smackdown?
Tbails- October 2, 2012 at 8:45 am
696,000. And it will be Greg Jackson's fault.
holeeball- October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am
smellypiratehooker- October 2, 2012 at 8:18 am
I want my shirt signed by Carmen.
smellypiratehooker- October 2, 2012 at 8:16 am
726,493...and it wil be two weeks from this friday.
Ringo- October 2, 2012 at 8:14 am
I say 575,000
J-Dog- October 2, 2012 at 8:07 am
crappiefloper- October 2, 2012 at 8:06 am
Pass this on to DW...
TUCF. The ultimate cripple fighter. " do you want to be a fucking fighter?"
Then wheel,drag, or otherwise handy able yourself into the octagon and try to severe your opponents last functioning Peripheral nerve in any fashion you can still muster.
Show saved. Problem solved,problem staying solved, rangers lead the way!
crappiefloper- October 2, 2012 at 7:58 am
I got you good,fuckers!
boomer- October 2, 2012 at 7:48 am
and the winner is me! 495,000