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FX picks up Ultimate Fighter after Spike cancellation + Fox to broadcast four fights annually beginning in November 2011

Today, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC), the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization and No. 1 Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, finds its perfect media match in FOX, the No. 1 television network in the country. FOX Sports Media Group, the umbrella entity representing FOX Networks Group’s wide array of sports platforms, has reached a multi-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand.

In spring 2012, The Ultimate Fighter, UFC’s signature weekly reality show moves to FX, FOX’s general entertainment cable network now in more than 99 million homes. With the move to FX, the show will feature a newly-designed format. FX is also set to televise another four-to six-live UFC events annually, with a mixture of additional events and programs heading to FSMG cable networks including FUEL TV.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Spike renews Blue Mountain State for second season

Spike has renewed the freshman comedy Blue Mountain State for a second season.  Coincidentally, the network’s renewal of the football-themed show comes days before it premieres another sports-themed comedy, Players (Tuesday, March 2nd).

Blue Mountain State airs Tuesday night’s on Spike.  The season one finale will air on Tuesday, March 23rd.

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Spike’s TNA Wrestling Moving to Monday Night

Beginning on March 8th, Spike is moving the two-hour edition of TNA Impact from Thursday to Monday night, pitting it head-to-head against Wrestling’s top-rated program WWE Raw on USA Network:

“We feel strongly that Monday nights is where the majority of wrestling viewers have been historically,” said TNA president Dixie Carter. “Having two Monday night wrestling shows with healthy competition between them can make for great TV.”

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Cable TV Ratings: Caprica Slide Continues; Spartacus Up Again + more

Bad news for Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.  Week three of the series drew just 1.13 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating.  That was down a steep 20% from last week’s episode (1.41M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating).  Caprica is down 29% from its series premiere (1.60 million viewers).

Also on Friday, the new Starz! series Spartacus: Blood and Sand increased in its third week to 858,000 viewers (+11%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (n/c).  The show is up 30% in viewers and 33% in A18-49 rating since its premiere (659,000 viewers and a 0.3 A18-49 rating).

Ratings for a few other cable shows on Friday night worth noting include Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network which drew 2.195 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating and Discovery’s Swamp Loggers which drew 1.49 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating.  More ratings highlights after the jump.

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Hulk Hogan-fueled TNA Impact! Sets Spike Records, But WWE Raw Still The Champion

Monday night’s 3-hour telecast of TNA Impact on Spike averaged a record 2.2 million viewers.  That’s 16% ahead of the previous viewing record set in April 2008 (1.9 million viewers).  The first hour of the program averaged 2.5 million viewers.

However, USA Network’s WWE Monday Night Raw is still clear […]