Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Feb 5, 2014 23:39:38 GMT -6
According to one of the main characters on the show, Discovery Channel has canceled boxing-centric "The Fighters".
Boxing trainer Peter Welch was asked on Twitter Wednesday night about the show's future to which he confirmed that it was canceled after just one episode, but that they hope it will find a home on a more 'audience appropriate network'.
The show was scheduled for an eight-week run, focusing on the Boston amateur boxing scene with a single fight per episode. If the format sounds familiar, the same studio that produces The Ultimate Fighter -- Pilgrim Studios -- also produced 'Fighters'. The debut featured Matt Phinney as a focal point, someone UFC fans will remember from his issues with Michael Bisping several years ago as part of Jorge Rivera's corner.
Co-produced and endorsed by UFC president Dana White, that mid-January debut brought in 347,000 viewers -- not enough to score in cable's Top 100 shows for the day. At a recent UFC press conference, White called the show's numbers "horrendous".
However, White isn't letting it get him down. When asked on Twitter tonight about the show, he simply replied, "Highest rated show on the network."