UFC on ESPN: Whitaker vs. Gastelum was a ratings success for the worldwide leader bringing in an average of 953,000 viewers for the main card. The preliminary card on ESPN drew an average of 879,000 viewers. The numbers slotted UFC on ESPN as the number 2 and number 3 shows on cable for Saturday behind only the NBA on ESPN.
The card drew a .36 rating in the highly competitive 18-49 demographic bracket. UFC on ESPN also met stiff competition from the world of boxing on Saturday. UFC’s card went head-to-head with Triller Fight Club’s pay-per-view featuring YouTube star Jake Paul against MMA veteran Ben Askren.