Bellator 131 produces big ratings on SpikeTV
November 18, 2014
Bellator 131 on Saturday night drew a record 1.8 million viewers and peaked at 2 million during the Tito Ortiz-Stephan Bonnar fight per a Spike TV press release. The average for the overall event drew 1.24 million viewers.
Via Spike TV press release:
Bellator 131 knocked out the competition on Saturday, November 15 with record ratings for the emerging MMA franchise under new president Scott Coker. The Bellator 131 main event between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar (11:50pm-12:16am) drew 1.8 million viewers, peaking at 2 million, making it the most-watched and highest–rated MMA fight on cable in 2014.
The Ortiz-Bonnar fight ranks as 2nd highest-rated MMA fight telecast in all of television with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49, including broadcast, in 2014. Also, Ortiz-Bonnar ranked #2 in its timeslot in all of cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.
Bellator 131 ratings breakdown:
Bellator 131 – Ortiz vs. Bonnar – 11:50p
1.8 million viewers
Bellator 131 – 10:11p
1.3 million viewers
Bellator 131 – 9p
Overall, the entire fight card (9:00-12:16) delivered 1,241,299 viewers, a record for Bellator MMA on Spike TV.
UPDATED: More breakdown of ratings from Bellator’s big night:
King Mo-Joe Vedepo fight which started the show drew an average of 1.1M viewers (Bell in R1 9:13pm)
Mike Richman KOs Nam Phan was next and drew 1.1M viewers (Bell in R1 9:50pm *Note that the UFC 180 Prelims on FS1 peaked during this quarter hour at 771K average viewers Live +SD)
Joe Schilling KO of Melvin Manhoef drew 1.6M viewers (Bell in R1 10:11pm)
AJ Matthews KO of Kyle Bolt drew 1.3M viewers (Bell in R1 10:30pm)
Will Brooks TKO of Michael Chandler drew an average of 1.3M viewers (Bell in R1 10:59pm)
Tito Ortiz split decision of Stephan Bonnar drew 1.9M viewers (up from initial press release. Bell in R1 was at 11:50pm)
The event did well on social media as well per the release as it was the most tweeted Bellator event in Spike history. Despite how “pro wrestling” the Ortiz-Bonnar lead-up was, it worked. Spike and Bellator heavily promoted this event and it drew. The release obviously buried the real news which most folks want to know which was the overall viewership of the entire event – 1.24 million. Its interesting to see the updated ratings per fight as you can the audience remained over 1 million for the fights.
It was a good night for Bellator as it was the clear winner of the night where the UFC and WSOF were options for MMA fans.
MMA Payout will have more on this. Stay tuned.