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'TUF 7' draws second lowest finale rating, but still a success

The UFC's reality TV show on Spike TV continues to be a hit for the male-oriented network despite sliding ratings.

The live finale of "The Ultimate Fighter 7" on Saturday helped the network secure the number one spot for males 18-34 (2.3 rating) and males 18-49 (1.9 rating) in both broadcast and cable during the show's 9:00pm-12:15pm ET timeslot.

Featuring a "loser leaves town" bout between Kendall Grove and Evan Tanner, and the middleweight final between Amir Sadollah and C.B. Dollaway, the finale drew in an average of 2 million viewers for a 1.4 household rating.

While still a success, the ratings were a drop-off from "The Ultimate Fighter 6" Finale, which earned a household rating of 1.8 and delivered approximately 2.5 million viewers.

"The Ultimate Fighter 5" Finale was slightly higher than the sixth, receiving a 2.0 rating and 2.6 million viewers.

Only the finale of the fourth season was lower, posting a 1.1 rating after three highly successful seasons that saved the then-flailing UFC.

The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale Results

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