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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 ratings draw series-low 624,000 viewers

The sky isn't falling just yet, but that hasn't stopped ZUFFA personnel from taking cover after episode five of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 drew the worst ratings in the history of the franchise.

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This could explain why Dana White hates his own "Country."

The ratings are in for episode five of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16, and there's just no way to spin it, they absolutely suck.

An estimated 624,000 mixed martial arts (MMA) fans tuned in to see Igor Araujo (Team Carwin) take a majority-decision win over Nic Herron-Webb (Team Nelson), which equates to a 0.49 household rating, according to

That number marks the worst ratings in the history of the franchise and almost a 50-percent drop from last week's episode, which to be fair, had UFC on FX 5 as its lead-in. The previous low for this season was 775,000 viewers garnered for episode three.

TUF 16 is coached by heavyweight rivals Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, who must lead a team of welterweights to the eight-sided promised land. A six-figure contract and reality show bragging rights await the winner of the TUF 16 Live Finale, which goes down on Dec. 15, 2012 live on FX from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more on this season of TUF click here.

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