The ratings are in for a somewhat busy fight weekend — busy, at least for a stretch with no pay-per-view events.
On Friday, offerings from Bellator and MMA World Series of Fighting were to be found (unfortunately, at about the same time slot); while Saturday morning to afternoon, the UFC held an event in Europe which was available on their online subscription service, UFC Fight Pass. Finally, another edition of “Premier Boxing Champions” was featured on NBC on Saturday night.
But if one were to compare the ratings these events earned to a fight — this would be one of those slow bouts that go the distance, where neither athlete really excels.
The lowest of the three was World Series of Fighting’s WSOF 20 in Connecticut, which drew just 128,000 viewers to NBC Sports Network per Nielsen reports. That’s the second lowest number of viewers in the promotion’s history. The show suffered from a lack of star power, including the loss of its headliner Vinny Magalhães in a contract dispute. MMA PayOut has the promotion’s complete ratings history.
Also per MMA PayOut, Bellator 136 scored 655,000 viewers on SpikeTV the same night, slightly up from their last event and close to their average for 2015. The event was headlined by Will Brooks’ title defense against Dave Jansen.
Finally, the second edition of “Premier Boxing Champions” on NBC didn’t do as well as their first, but still scored a 2.9 million average for the time slot. The first event enjoyed a clear ratings success at 3.4 million viewers. As MMA PayOut notes, the peak viewership for the event was about the average viewership for the first.
Viewers enjoyed two world class bouts on the broadcast, including the junior middleweight contest between Danny Garcia (pictured, above left) and Lamont Peterson (above right). Garcia won via majority decision to remain undefeated.