Bellator 17 ratings on Fox Sports Net up 184% over network debut on April 8th

Bellator viewership outpaces prior FOX Sport Net MMA programming by 46% among coveted 25-54 male demo; Bellator remains highest-rated weekly program distributed by FSN nationally CHICAGO, Ill. (May 14, 2010) — Just five weeks into its 24-show engagement with FOX Sports Net, Bellator Fighting Championships has set a new standard for MMA programming on the … Read more

UFC 100 on Spike TV knocks out the competition on Sat., Aug. 15

On Sat., Aug. 15, the most anticipated fight in female MMA history took place live on Showtime between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos for the Strikeforce women’s 145 lbs. title. The card also boasted two other high profile title fights with Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida and Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato Sobral.

Never one to be outdone, especially since Strikeforce just finished signing Fedor Emelianenko, the UFC unleashed the big guns, and aired a replay of “UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2” (originally aired July 11 on pay-per-view) free on Spike TV to counter-program Showtime’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.”

It was a replay of UFC 100 in the red corner vs. Strikeforce in the blue corner.  Who do you think won?

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UFC 91 replay on Spike TV pulls big numbers

 As many MMA fans know, the UFC aired the replay of UFC 91 (originally broadcast live on PPV Nov. 15th) on Spike TV, in which Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Title, as a counter-program to Affliction’s Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24th. According to Spike TV’s press release on Tuesday, the number of viewers was impressive.

The “free” cable premiere was the highest rated show among Men 18-34 in all of television (broadcast or cable) in its time slot on Saturday, January 24 (9:00-11:30pm ET/PT). UFC 91 peaked at 3.3 million viewers at 11:15, easily making UFC 91 the most-watched taped UFC event in network history.

The entire card, which included Kenny Florian defeating Joe Stevenson, Demien Maia choking out Nate Quarry, and Jeremy Stephens KO’ing Rafael dos Anjos via a monstrous uppercut, drew a 1.7 household rating and a 1.8 among M18-49 (991,000), a 1.8 among M18-34 (508,000) and had an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.

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UFC SETS THEIR SIGHTS ON ATLANTA, GEORGIA

It looks like the UFC is about to bring their very special brand of Mixed Martial Arts to the dirty South in September for UFC 88.  Atlanta, Georgia is the destination for an event reportedly to be headlined by none other than the ICEMAN himself, Chuck Liddell.  Considering the hot muggy summers the South is … Read more

ELITE XC SHOW ON CBS A HUGE SUCCESS. BUT…

At least as far as ratings go, it will be called a success and the most watched MMA show of all time. Here’s the latest report from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer: “Elite XC a huge success The show did a 2.7 rating in prime time based on the fast nationals. The final rating … Read more

ELITE XC ON CBS IS A SUCCESS ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF VIEWERS WHO TUNED IN

by:  Jack Bratcher Dave Meltzer from The Wrestling Observer has this report: “We don’t have a rating yet, but the news is very encouraging.The half-hours in the 18-49 demo were 1.4, 1.6, 2.1 and 2.4. The first hour was nothing impressive but the second hour was the highest rated in the demo on television for … Read more