April 21, 2017
An update from last Friday’s Bellator 177 has the event peaking at 859,000 viewers per Nielsen. In addition Bellator Kickboxing last Friday peaked at 452,099 viewers on Spike TV.
Bellator 177’s viewership drew 595,000 viewers in DVR+3 ratings. Bellator drew 577,000 viewers in overnight plus same day ratings. Kickboxing’s adjusted viewership increased to 321,000 viewers. It drew 295,000 viewers and 118,000 in the A18-49 demo per Sports TV Ratings.
April 13, 2017
Bellator 176 peaked with 688,000 viewers on Saturday afternoon on Spike TV per Nielsen. In addition, Bellator Kickboxing which aired after Bellator MMA on Spike TV drew 399,000 viewers.
Bellator Kickboxing aired immediately after Bellator MMA on Spike TV. The event aired from Torino, Italy. It peaked with 579,000 viewers.
Bellator MMA’s DVR+3 rating drew 496,000 viewers.
Relatively speaking, good numbers for Bellator Kickboxing (rating includes DVR+3 rating) considering last September’s edition of Bellator Kickboxing drew 287,000. In April it drew 346,000 viewers. In June, it hit its peak of 418,000 viewers. The DVR numbers are slightly stronger for Bellator MMA as those who were out on Saturday afternoon recorded the event to watch later.
April 5, 2017
Bellator 175 on Friday night drew 1.4 million viewers for the main event featuring King Mo Lawal and Rampage Jackson according to a Spike TV release. The main event peaked at 1.6 million viewers.
According to Sports TV Ratings, the overall event drew 907,000 viewers. The DVR +3 ratings drew 1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating with Men 18-49.
Per the Spike TV release, Bellator programming on Spike TV is averaging 993,000 viewers which is a 26% increase over 2016.
The ratings are better than I had expected. 1.4 million for King Mo-Rampage is very good considering the lack of any spark for this event. It does show that Rampage is still an interesting fighter despite being on the other side of his career. Will he continue it in the UFC?
March 9, 2017
PBC on CBS this past Saturday peaked at 5.1 million viewers during the 12th round between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia according to Nielsen. The main event, overall, drew 3.74 million viewers.
The overnight viewership revealed it drew 2.7 million viewers on CBS and outdrew the NBA on ABC.
The numbers make it the most-viewed boxing event in primetime since 1998.
Notably, last year, the Errol Spence, Jr.-Leonard Bundu fight which aired on NBC after the Summer Olympics gold medal game involving the U.S. That fight drew 4.8 million viewers with a peak of 6.34 million but aired on a Sunday afternoon with the peak occurring during the opening minutes of the fight.
Great numbers for the CBS card last Saturday. Unlike Spence-Bundu, it seems that that people gravitated toward Thurman-Garcia. It was a good matchup that was promoted well and shows that there is still interest in boxing when good fights are made.
March 2, 2017
Bellator 173 this past Friday night drew 618,000 viewers in DVR +3 ratings. The main event peaked at 856,000 viewers.
The adjusted viewership ratings are a vast decline from the past 3 Bellator offerings this year. Then again, there was not much on this past Friday unless you were a hardcore Bellator fan.
|Overnight||A18-49||Peak||DVR + 3|
February 23, 2017
Bellator 172 this past Saturday on Spike TV drew 873,000 viewers in DVR +3 ratings per Nielsen. The event peaked at 1.2 million viewers.
This past Saturday featured Patricky Freire and Josh Thomson as the original main event was scrapped due to an injury to Matt Mitrione.
|Overnight||A18-49||Peak||DVR + 3|
February 1, 2017
Bellator 171 this past Friday drew 795,000 viewers and peaked at 1.1 million during the Rickels-Derrow fight per Nielsen.
The event was ranked #3 overall in all of cable live sports programming.
The DVR+3 number increases the overnight rating of 720,000 reported two days ago. The increase is on par with Bellator events.
January 31, 2017
The UFC on Fox 23 card drew 2,189,000 viewers in adjusted DVR +3 ratings. The card peaked during the main event between Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena with 3,003,000 viewers.
The overnight ratings reflected 2,002,000 viewers. UFC
|UFC on Fox Ratings|
|Overnights||Live + SD|
|UFC on Fox 1||5,700,000|
|UFC on Fox 2||4,570,000|
|UFC on Fox 3||2,250,000||2,400,000|
|UFC on Fox 4||2,360,000||2,400,000|
|UFC on Fox 5||3,410,000||4,400,000|
|UFC on Fox 6||3,770,000||4,220,000|
|UFC on Fox 7||3,300,000||3,700,000|
|UFC on Fox 8||2,040,000||2,380,000|
|UFC on Fox 9||2,410,000||2,800,000|
|UFC on Fox 10||2,550,000||3,220,000|
|UFC on Fox 11||1,990,000||2,500,000|
|UFC on Fox 12||2,020,000||2,500,000|
|UFC on Fox 13||2,270,000||2,800,000|
|UFC on Fox 14||2,820,000||3,049,000|
|UFC on Fox 15||2,430,000||2,745,000|
|UFC on Fox 16||2,290,000||2,800,000|
|UFC on Fox 17||2,280,000||2,781,000|
|UFC on Fox 18||2,430,000||2,685,000|
|UFC on Fox 19||2,130,000||2,500,000|
|UFC on Fox 20||2,440,000||2,975,000|
|UFC on Fox 21||2,200,000||1,983,000|
|UFC on Fox 22||2,690,000||3,178,000|
|UFC on Fox 23||2,020,000||2,189,000|
In addition, the UFC Prelims on FS1 drew 619,000 viewers. The 3-hour show on FS1 preceded the 2-hour telecast on Fox. The prelims are down from last month when it drew 679,000 viewers.
The UFC Post-Fight show drew 203,000 viewrs with 75,000 live on FS2 at 7pm PT and 128,000 viewers on FS1 when it reaired after 9pm.
UFC on Fox Prelims – 2016
UFC on Fox 21 Prelims rating: 1.122M (on Fox)
UFC on Fox 20 Prelims rating: 1.261M (on Fox)
UFC on Fox 19 Prelims rating: 1.4M (on Fox)
UFC on Fox 18 Prelims rating: 702,000 (on FS1)
The prelims featured Raphael Assuncao-Aljamain Sterling and Nate Marquardt-Sam Alvey.
The DVR numbers bring up the event slightly but the peak is down from last month’s UFC on Fox 22 which was 4.8 million viewers. Notably, all 4 fights on the Fox broadcast ended early via TKO stoppage or submission.
January 26, 2017
Bellator 170 drew 2.2 million viewers for the main event between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen on Spike TV on Saturday night.
The Paul Daley-Brennan Ward fight drew 2 million viewers as well. The entire 3 hour telecast drew 1.5 million viewers in adjusted DVR+3 ratings.
Notable DVR+3 main events for Bellator on Spike TV:
Rampage Jackson-Satoshi Ishii at Dynamite 2 (June 2016): 1,040,000 viewers (entire fight)
Kimbo Slice-Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 (February 2016): 2.9 million viewers
Liam McGeary-Tito Ortiz at Dynamite 1 (September 2015): 891,000 viewers
Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock at Bellator 138 (June 2015): 2.8 million viewers
Tito Ortiz-Stephan Bonnar at Bellator 131 (November 2014): 2 million viewers
December 21, 2016
Bellator 169 drew 699,000 viewers in DVR +3 ratings per Nielsen. The event peaked with 965,000 viewers.
The event, which aired on Friday on tape delay drew 965,000 viewers. The event featured King Mo Lawal as he defeated Satoshi Ishii in Dublin, Ireland. It was the most-watched international Bellator MMA event to date.
The event drew 643,000 viewers in live + SD ratings. It was the best showing for a Bellator TV event since September 2016. Friday’s event was the highest peak since Bellator 167 peaked at 967,000.