Ivan Trembow of MMA Weekly has checked in with a recap of television ratings for the ninth week of The Ultimate Fighter 5:
The ninth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 5 drew an overall rating of 1.2 on Thursday, May 31st. The previous week’s episode, which was promoted around the street fight between show contestants Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas, drew a slightly higher 1.3 overall rating. Spike TV’s primetime average last week was a 1.1 overall rating, which is just 0.1 lower than TUF 5’s average-to-date.
In the 18-to-34-year-old male demographic, Episode Nine drew a 1.5 rating, down from the previous week’s 1.7 rating. In the 18-to-49-year-old male demographic, Episode Nine drew a 1.4 rating, down from the previous week’s 1.6 rating.
The portion of Episode Nine that featured the tournament quarter-final match between Gray Maynard and Brandon Melendez, which Maynard won by submission, drew a 1.3 overall rating. This is an increase from Maynard’s previous fight (a TKO victory over Wayne Weems) and Melendez’ previous fight (a decision win over Andy Wang), as both of those fights drew 1.1 ratings.
The continued decrease in ratings sparks a question in my mind - Are casual fans now switching over from taking in as much MMA as they can get and gravitating to the bigger fighters and the bigger stars that the UFC has to offer now that they are familar with the sport?
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