TUF ratings take slight dip against college basketball

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Ultimate Fighter dipped slightly in the ratings on Tuesday night, doing a 0.88 rating and 1.13 million viewers. The number was slightly down from the 0.92 rating and 1.19 million viewers for the Feb. 12 episode of the show.

The season is averaging 1.28 million viewers per week.

Tuesday's show featured a major upset as Kevin Gastelum (4-0) of Team Chael Sonnen defeated veteran Greg Jackson fighter Bubba McDaniel (20-6) of Team Jon Jones via choke in the second round.

The win gave Sonnen matchmaking control for next week's fight. Sonnen picked Tor Troeng to face Josh Samman, who are considered two of the better fighters in the house.

The show did healthy demographic numbers, doing a 1.45 in Males 18-34, the group the FOX family contracted with UFC to super serve. It also did a 1.17 in Males 18-49.

It's main sports competition was college basketball on ESPN. The early game did 3.73 million viewers, huge numbers, against the first half of the show. The late game did 1.65 million viewers against the second half of the show.

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