The tumultuousrun of The Ultimate Fighter on FX will go in a different direction for the 17th season of the series. The next season, with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, will shift from Friday to Tuesday, and will be starting an hour earlier at 9 PM as opposed to the 10 PM timeslot that the show has been synonymous with for years.
Ratings for the two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter on FX have been a disaster on Friday nights. Season 15 that took place in the spring with a brand new live format regularly failed to draw one million viewers per episode, including the final five episodes of the season (excluding the live, fight-laden finale). Season 16, currently taking place, has seen ratings drop even further. Of the 11 episodes to air so far this season, only two have topped one million viewers. Considering that during the show's 14 seasons on Spike, each episode averaged 1.7 million viewers, the dropoff since the UFC has shifted to FX has been dramatic.no comments