Ratings for episode three of the Ultimate Fighter 13 are in, and while they may not fit Brock Lesnar's definition of chicken salad, they aren't exactly the alternative either.
The show pulled in a 0.9 household rating, down a point from episodes one and two, but gained 100k viewers from last week to put it at 1.3 million. The show also rebounded in the male 18-49 (1.4 rating) and 18-34 (1.7) rating, up 0.27 and 0.3 points respectively from last week.
This week's episode highlighted a big flaw that seems like it will continue throughout the season: there's little compelling drama. The previews for the show hinted at a mutiny in Team Brock's camp over his use of the "chickens***" idiom, while Junior dos Santos had to deal with a "rogue" coach in Lew Polley.
Predictably, both incidents were resolved quickly and with zero outbursts from any of the parties involved.
While an exciting fight capped this week's episode, it still remains that 1) the talent level is replacement-level UFC at its best and 2) none of these fighters have proven relatable with the audience.