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

Bellator debuts as Fox Sports Net’s highest-rated national program on Thursdays and Sundays

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 19, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships made its FOX Sports Net debut April 8th as FSN’s highest-rated national program on both Thursday and Sunday night. The Thursday premiere lifted the network’s prime time ratings by an impressive 60 percent compared to the same time period average in the 2nd Quarter of 2009. … Read more

M-1 Global and Strikeforce announce record numbers for worldwide broadcast of “Fedor vs. Rogers”

Photo: Strikeforce - Fedor made his Strikeforce debut by knocking out Brett Rogers on CBS television.

Fedor’s thrilling knockout victory over Bret Rogers viewed by over 25 million homes.

(PRESS RELEASE) M-1 Global and Strikeforce announced today that the international audience reports from broadcasters all over the world revealed an unprecedented number of viewers for the November 7th “Fedor vs. Rogers” MMA event from Chicago, Illinois.

“We are extremely happy with the preliminary broadcast reports,” said M-1 Global CEO Joost Raimond.  “The demographics of these numbers were very promising as our network broadcasting partners in the U.S., Russia, and Korea reach an enormous audience alone.

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“UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera” on Spike TV delivers more young men than Strikeforce on CBS

Tape Delayed Telecast of “UFC 105” Bests Live Saturday, November 7 Presentation Of “CBS Saturday Night Fights” In Key Demographic

Young Male Viewers Continue To Drive Spike TV And The UFC
As Network Telecast Ranks #1 In Men 18-34 Among Broadcast and Cable TV For Saturday, November 14

New York, NY, November 18, 2009 – The first ever UFC card on Spike TV featuring Randy “The Natural” Couture drew an average audience of 2.9 million viewers on Saturday, November 14 (8:00 – 11:00 PM).  Emanating from a European UFC attendance record setting MEN Arena in Manchester, England, the tape delayed presentation of “UFC 105” outrated the LIVE broadcast “CBS Saturday Night Fights” and the Strikeforce debut of Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday, November 7 (9:00 – 11:24 PM, ET/PT) in every key male demographic:

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The Ultimate Fighter knocks out major league baseball

“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER” ON SPIKE TV DRAWS MORE YOUNG MEN THAN THE MLB PLAYOFFS ON TBS

More Men 18-34 Watch An Episode Of “The Ultimate Fighter” Than Any Of The Three MLB Playoff Games On October 7

October 8, 2009, New York, NY The cast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Spike TV delivered a ratings knockout punch to the MLB Playoffs last night on TBS.  More young men in the advertiser-coveted demographic of 18-34 watched the fourth episode of the new season of “The Ultimate Fighter” (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT) on Spike TV than any of the three MLB playoff games on TBS.

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5.3 million viewers tune in to see Kimbo Slice – Roy Nelson on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Spike TV

Episode three of TUF 10 featuring Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson was a ratings blockbuster.

Easily Beats The Competition On Broadcast And Cable,

Drawing Both Young Men And Women

October 1, 2009, New York, NY Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” is the undisputed ratings champ on Wednesday nights.  The most recent episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” drew 5.3 million viewers, peaking at a staggering 6.1 million viewers on Wednesday, September 30 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT).  Featuring a fight between contestants Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, the telecast ranks as the most-watched episode of an original series in the six-year history of the channel* and the most-watched program of any kind in Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.

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“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” continues to deliver big ratings

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Spike TV continues to be the undisputed champion of young men on Wednesday nights.

The 2nd episode of the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 23 (10:00pm-11:00pm) drew 2.9 million viewers and was the top-rated program in Men 18-34 (1.2 million) in all of television, beating many highly-promoted series on network television including the debuts of “Cougar Town,” “Modern Family,” “Eastwick,” and new episodes of “Glee,” “Dancing With The Stars,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Overall, the episode drew a 4.2 in Men 18-34, a 3.2 in M18-49 (1.8 million) and a 2.2 household rating. Also impressive was the repeat telecast at 11:00pm, which delivered 1.1 million viewers.

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UFC Heavyweights are a ratings knockout on Spike TV – record viewership for premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights”

The TUF 10 cast is a ratings knockout!
The TUF 10 cast is a ratings knockout!

Draws More Young Men Than Anything On Television On Wednesday, September 16 Including “The Jay Leno Show” And “America’s Got Talent” Season Finale.

September 17, 2009, New York, NY – While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.*

The series, featuring the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts heavyweights, including YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice, garnered 4.1 million viewers, besting the previous “The Ultimate Fighter” high of 2.8 million viewers for the finale of season three in 2006.

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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 programming on Televisa a hit in Mexico

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – When you consider the love affair Mexico has with combat sports, as well as the storied warriors who have hailed from that nation, it is no surprise the debut airing of the UFC in Mexico last Saturday night was a huge success. And it was a hit, as UFC 100’s broadcast on Channel 9 garnered a peak IPOBE rating of 13.30, which surpassed that of a boxing event and soccer match also airing at the same time.

“We definitely knew that the Mexican people were hungry for the UFC,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of UFC. “We paved the way with the WEC, which was getting a great response in Mexico, and we knew that once you put this program on free TV, it would work.”

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