During the most recent edition of the Ultimate Fighter reality television show last Friday on FX, the program had only 950,000 viewers, the lowest in its seven-year history.
As the flagship cable television show for the UFC recovered from its poor ratings performance, former WCW president and current TNA producer Eric Bischoff kicked some dirt in the wounds of the show via his Facebook page.
"Think we came close to hitting these numbers with a couple episodes of ReAction at 11pm on Spike," Bischoff said of the record-low Ultimate Fighter rating. "Tons of promotion on Fox and FX, a budget 3x bigger than Impact and 500,000 less viewers? Impact has a larger audience than ever, and is going to have a great season with new elements following Lockdown. Can't wait!"
Even though Eric Bischoff has been known to create controversy over his career, I think he needs to worry more about improving the ratings of his show on Thursday nights instead of picking a fight with the UFC.
In his time, TNA has severely struggled with ratings as they tried to compete with the WWE since Hulk Hogan and Bischoff signed with the company back in 2009.
With that said, it does makes sense for Bischoff to attack the Ultimate Fighter, as the reality show started on Spike TV in 2005 before making the jump to FX as part of the UFC’s deal with FOX this year.
In the end, I think Bischoff will continue to attack things that don’t have anything to do with him to stir up some controversy, which he is a pro at doing ever since his days with WCW.
After reading the comments made by the executive producer over at TNA, what is your opinion on the remarks by Eric Bischoff on the ratings performances by the Ultimate Fighter last week?