Episode 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 averaged 1.25 million
viewers during its one-hour broadcast Tuesday night on FX.
Sherdog.com verified the figure with industry sources on Wednesday.
The show’s ratings have held fast in each of the last three weeks,
as the second and third episodes netted 1.27 and 1.2 million
viewers, respectively. The Season 17 high was set during the show’s
premiere, which featured the competition’s elimination round and
attracted 1.5 million viewers.
Tuesday night’s installment of the series saw Chael
Sonnen’s fight pick backfire, as Kevin Casey
suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Jon Jones’
Hart. Jones’ disciple wore down Casey over the course of 10
minutes, allowed the Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt virtually no space
to breath and constantly pestered him with short shots from top
position and the clinch.
The victory marked the first win of the season for “Bones,” who
used the acquired fight pick to match up Bubba
McDaniel with Team Sonnen’s Kelvin
Gastelum for a showdown on next week’s installment.