Bellator 139: 764K viewers and Friday night boxing numbers

June 29, 2015

Bellator 139 drew an average viewership of 764,000 viewers on Spike TV Friday night per Sports TV Ratings.  The event is down from its tent pole event of a week prior but it still was the second-best rating on the network since February.

In the main event of Friday night, former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo defeated Alexander Volkov.  The other big news coming out of Bellator 139 was the KO of Joe Schilling by Hisaki Kato.  Per Nielsen sources, the peak for the show was 988,000 viewers during the last quarter hour (10:45-11pm).

Bellator 137 pulls the promotion’s 2015 Spike TV average up to 800,000 viewers.

Overnight Peak
Bellator 132 767,000 1,200,000
Bellator 133 565,000 967,000
Bellagtor 134 872,000 1,200,000
Bellator 135 607,000 922,000
Bellator 136 655,000 900,000
Bellator 137 594,000 768,000
Bellator 138 1,580,000 2,100,000
Bellator 139 764,000 988,000

Bellator 139

Sports TV ratings also notes that boxing on TruTV drew 303,000 viewers Friday night in the 10pm-12am slot.  The TruTV fights are promoted primarily by Top Rank.  Also, boxing on FS1 on Friday drew 129,000 viewers.  The event on FS1 appears to be the last promoted by Golden Boy.  Additionally, Showtime aired a prospect card Friday night although no information on the ratings were available at this time.

Payout Perspective:

There were a lot of viewing options Friday night for combat sports enthusiasts but viewers tuned in to Bellator 139 which should be seen as a positive for the company and Spike.  It’s interesting that it did so well the week after its tent pole event.  The last tent pole event, Bellator 131, did not have a follow event the next week.  In fact, the next Bellator event was not until January 2015.  We could see more follow up events the week after to take advantage of the momentum.

In terms of boxing ratings, the TruTV ratings are surprising and it looks like Top Rank has found a nice way to promote its HBO fights the next night.

13 Responses to “Bellator 139: 764K viewers and Friday night boxing numbers”

  1. d on June 29th, 2015 5:26 PM

    HAHAHAHA!!! Boxing and their shit ratings. Bellator destroying Top Rank numbers. Pathetic.

    129k on FS1???? Pretty sure Book TV on CSPAN gets better ratings than that. HAHAHAHA!!!!

  2. saldathief on June 29th, 2015 8:12 PM

    Bahahahha Bellator down over 50% , no one watches FS1 boxing and no one even knows where the fuck true tv is on the dial. Boxing always has the last laugh anyhow. Still waiting for all those ppv ufc numbers. Dave’s secret source must be out sick bahahahah I’m a fight fan and didnt even know there was boxing on fri. Lets see what HBO did sat.

  3. d on June 29th, 2015 8:22 PM

    HAHAHA!! Sal is too stupid to realize he just agreed that boxing’s ratings are shit. No one watches boxing on FS1, but they do watch UFC on FS1. HAHAHA!! Idiot!

  4. duck on June 30th, 2015 1:34 AM

    Yeah no one notices Tru TV on their dial, jut check out the March Madness numbers idiot.

  5. Diego on June 30th, 2015 6:29 AM

    There was a glut of boxing on Friday and I watched none of it, because frankly, no one was fighting. I did watch Bellator because I recognized the fighters. We’ve all mentioned this before – promoters can’t put just anyone in the ring and expect fans to tune in.

  6. Chris on June 30th, 2015 8:01 AM

    More ratings

    Andre Ward on BET did 325k
    UFC Machida/Romero did 909k
    HBO Tim Bradley did 1.12 million for the main event fight, not sure what entire broadcast averaged.

    Horrible numbers for Ward, doing fight on BET was idiotic move.

    SOlid numbers for UFC

    Very good number for Bradley on HBO.

  7. d on June 30th, 2015 8:15 AM

    That’s funny, it means the UFC did 909k on FS1, while Golden Boy did 129k. Boxing has a really bright future on FS1. HAHAHA!!

    People will finally start to realize that the UFC numbers on FS1 are very impressive considering the low audience. If they were still on Spike, they would be destroying all of the boxing numbers on cable.

  8. saldathief on June 30th, 2015 11:38 AM

    hahah D suck on it! Boxing gets the last laugh once again. HBO sat beats out the UFC 70 hahaha Add up all the boxing views and ad add up all the mma views for the weekend Boxing smokes mma like D smokes dick! Google it bitch!!

  9. Pink Pig on June 30th, 2015 4:50 PM

    Aren’t there like 200 boxing events in the US compared to 30 for UFCaca?

    Boxing is on the rampage on over 16 different channels!

  10. d on June 30th, 2015 9:11 PM

    Saldaqueef you are so retarded comparing FS1 numbers for the UFC to HBO boxing. HBO gets far more viewers than FS1. Has nothing to do with the sports. You also cherry picked all the events you retard. How many boxing events last weekend shit the bed? The GB FS1 show did 129k and you are saying boxing gets the last laugh? You are such a crazy weirdo.

  11. d on June 30th, 2015 9:12 PM

    Sampson, yeah, and those boxing matches lose money like crazy with their shit ratings further proving that boxing is in the toilet on nearly 16 channels.

  12. saldathief on June 30th, 2015 10:13 PM

    Its so funny how ass clowns say boxing loses money, but its still going strong after a 100 plus years! NO Aldo bahahahah the UFC is just a fucked organization that cant manage anything they put their hands on. Once again egg all over Dana’s moon face!

  13. d on July 1st, 2015 7:11 AM

    Right, that’s why major promoters like Golden Boy are suing a league that is losing millions. HAHAHA!!!

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