Episode 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 averaged 1.1 million
viewers during its Tuesday-night broadcast on FX.
Sherdog.com recently confirmed the figure with an industry source,
who also verified that Spike TV’s Thursday-night broadcast of
Bellator 90 attracted 737,000 observers to the Viacom-owned
The “TUF” viewership marks a slight downturn for the program in
comparison to the previous week, which drew 1.25 million viewers.
Bellator 90, meanwhile, drew 18,000 more viewers than last week’s
Bellator 89. Both programs posted season highs in their respective
premieres, with “TUF” drawing 1.5 million viewers and Bellator 85
Episode 5 of “TUF 17” saw Team Chael Sonnen
pick up another victory over Team Jon Jones, as
Kevin Gastelum notched a second-round submission of Robert
McDaniel to close out the episode.
Two nights later, Bellator 90 served as a delayed coronation for
Season 7 featherweight tournament champion Shabulat Shamhalaev, who
knocked out Rad
Martinez in the evening’s main event. Also of note, Emanuel
Newton advanced to the Season 8 light heavyweight finals,
Lawal with a perfectly-placed spinning backfist. “The Hardcore
Kid” will now meet fellow finalist Mikhail
Zayats for a shot at reigning titlist Christian M’Pumbu.
Bellator’s 170-pound finalists were also decided on Thursday night,
as American Top Team reps Ben
Saunders and Douglas
Lima will now lock horns for a second time.