Fight Master Episode 9: 539,000 viewers

August 23, 2013

The Fight Master overnight ratings this week were down slightly to 539,000 average viewers.  Last week its DVR +3 ratings were at 648,000 which was an increase of 9% from the previous week.

Episode 1: 432,000 viewers

Episode 2: 545,000 viewers

Episode 3: 676,000 viewersDVR + 3; 810,000 viewers

Episode 4:  505,000 viewers – DVR + 3; 607,000 viewers

Episode 5: 441,000 viewers – DVR +3; 498,000 viewers

Episode 6:  629,000 viewers – DVR +3; 745,000 viewers

Episode 7:  398,000 viewers – DVR +3; 505,000 viewers

Episode 8:  595,000 viewers – DVR +3; 648,000 viewers

Episode 9:  539,000 viewers

Payout Perspective:

It appears that the move to Thursday night has helped the ratings.With the DVR +3 ratings, this week’s episode should clear 600K viewers for the second straight week.  It was a good week for the show considering it went up against the NFL on ESPN.

17 Responses to “Fight Master Episode 9: 539,000 viewers”

  1. Chris on August 23rd, 2013 2:49 PM

    Still really low numbers given the cost of the show and the timeslot. Looking like the show is not coming back for a second season which is a huge failure for Viacom/Bellator.

  2. Sampson Simpson on August 23rd, 2013 3:30 PM

    How much does the show cost to produce?

  3. Chris on August 23rd, 2013 7:54 PM

    I’m sure its not cheap, most reality shows cost a decent amount of money to produce.

    put it this way, MMA Uncensored did about 400-550k viewers and that show was pulled and that show costs way less to produce.

    reality is replays of manswers do more viewers in that slot than Fight Master.

    I dont know if they get a second season, it wont be because of the ratings, if they do it will be because if they dont it shows they arent invested in Bellator. that and the move to Fridays.

    I think they should do another season, maybe take a loss if they have to, make some changes, add Tito/Page, Mo to the coaches which will be more entertaining than Randy, Frank and Jackson.

    Ask Jason, I mean you have to pay the crew, food, setup of the gym and everything. All the editing of the show, housing them for 6 weeks etc.

  4. BrainSmasher on August 23rd, 2013 8:02 PM

    I dotn think Uncensored got that many viewers but a couple times. But you are right. It was probably less than 1/10 of what this reality show would cost and was getting 1/2 or 1/3 of the ratings. $ for $ it was getting much better ratings and they pulled the plug.

  5. Dr ozzie on August 24th, 2013 2:06 PM

    MMA Uncensored was 95 per cent about the UFC…3 per cent about Bellator and 2 per cent about other promotions. I’m sure that had a lot to do with it. Fight Master is 100 per cent Bellator…

  6. Chris on August 24th, 2013 2:16 PM

    mma uncensored started mostly as UFC cause they had to talk UFC to draw viewers but towards they end they really started to ignore UFC.

    They didnt mention the UFC on FOx show, think it was the Dec Bendo/DIaz stacked fox show, they didnt mention that one time the episode before that event. They never talked about Browne/Big Foot event, they just started to ignore UFC events cause they didnt want to promote them on Spike anymore.

    At that point viewers just tuned out and the got the boot.

  7. Sampson Simpson on August 24th, 2013 4:07 PM

    What’s this?

    “So why was it dropped? Simple. Spike was forced out of its previous broadcast agreement with the UFC by the deal with Bellator. A source indicates that the deal with Bellator MMA expressly prohibits the channel from doing any other MMA show (understandable). It also bans the network from speaking about the UFC at all (a bit restrictive, no?)

  8. Sampson Simpson on August 24th, 2013 4:09 PM

    “I’m sure it’s not cheap, most reality shows cost a decent amount of money to produce.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! What an informative answer… funny how most networks jumped on the reality shows format based on the LOW cost compared to alternate programming formats.

  9. Jeremy on August 25th, 2013 10:11 AM

    I would bet there will be a second season. Now if the second does poorly, that will be it. The only way I see it getting canceled is if the remaining episodes completely tank and go below 500k.

    I am assuming the DVR +3 are being reported because Spike is releasing those numbers? Payout does not report them for any other show.

  10. Random Dude on August 25th, 2013 5:01 PM

    Sampson keeps exposing these shills. Another truth debunked just like the $100 million per year deal with FOX.

  11. Diego on August 26th, 2013 11:08 AM


    Sampson “exposed” a shill who claimed the UFC had a $100M per year deal with Fox, when in reality it was $90M (according to Sampson).

    It was that renowned UFC shill Josh Gross who misrepresented the figure by a whopping 11%.

    Oh wait, here’s an article from the Sports Journal Daily with the $100M figure just as Josh Gross reported.

    Sampson’s link was to an article that did not quote the SBD, and instead relied on unamed “sources with knowledge of the negotiations”.

  12. anti sampson on August 26th, 2013 5:39 PM

    I like cheeze

  13. aintitthetruth on August 27th, 2013 4:57 AM

    Taking a stroll down memory lane oh and it was the pac12 btw.

  14. Sampson Simpson on August 27th, 2013 5:45 AM
  15. JamesG on August 27th, 2013 8:54 AM

    The article Sampson is quoting is from two days before the deal was officially announced where Ourand is saying what he had heard previously about negotiations. The exact same writer, John Ourand, a few days later and ever since has since said that the deal ended up at $100 million per year.

  16. JamesG on August 27th, 2013 8:56 AM

    “@MMASupremacy There you go! RT @Ourand_SBJ: Source: Fox is paying the UFC around an average of $100 million per year for its seven-year deal. #MMA #UFC”

  17. Sampson Simpson on August 27th, 2013 2:34 PM

    “around an average” of $100 million.

    That sounds like an inflated number thrown to the guy.

    If it was definitively $100 then he would have stated so.

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