It seems even bad press helps the UFC. Following Tito Ortiz’s arrest earlier this week for accusations of domestic abuse by girlfirend Jenna Jameson, The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Episode 5 has gotten the highest ratings of the season as of yet.
Spike TV announced that it had an average of 1.8 million viewers barely surpassing an NBA playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlantic Hawks in the key demographic of 18-34 men with a 3.2 rating by TUF.
The NBA game had a 2.4 rating in the key demo, a difference of approximately 42,000 viewers.
TUF 11 as a whole has grown 14% since TUF 9, meaning the show is still on the rise. Record numbers turned in to watch TUF 10 due to the fact that Kimbo “Ferguson” Slice was part of the cast.