The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos is over. Or almost anyway. We still have the live finale to get through on Saturday.
The story of the season was the low ratings of the show from the onset despite the appearance of former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. There were a lot of factors at play, notably a change in time slot, the obscurity of Junior dos Santos, and a dearth of personality from the contestants, all leading to a season of disappointment by anyone's standards.
Despite the emergence of a compelling story (Tony Ferguson's drunken rant in episode 9), ratings did not improve for the season's finale taped show. From a press release:
TUF earned a 0.9 household rating - 1.14 in M18-49, a 1.2 in M18-34, and an average audience of 1.2 million viewers.
That's about in-line with the season average.
In related news, the UFC 130 prelims brought in 1.3 million viewers to Spike TV as a lead-in for Saturday night's pay-per-view. That's right around the average for prelims on the network.