Bellator Fighting Championships 58 earned an average of 269,000
viewers with its Saturday night broadcast on MTV2, more than
doubling the previous week’s total of 129,000 viewers.
Headlined by an exciting lightweight title fight pitting champion
Alvarez against Season 4 tournament winner Michael
Chandler, Bellator 58 emanated from the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Spike TV officials announced the figure on Tuesday, noting that the
broadcast’s immediate replay netted an additional 160,000 viewers,
making a combined total of 429,000 for both broadcasts. Spike reps
also revealed that the viewership peaked at 8:45 p.m. ET, the
show’s final quarter-hour, with 345,000 viewers.
On the same night that Dan
Henderson and Mauricio Rua
went to war at UFC
139, Alvarez and Chandler produced their own “Fight of the
Year” candidate, battling for three hard-fought rounds before
Chandler finished the champion with a rear-naked choke to capture
the title in round four.
The event also saw middleweight champion Hector
Lombard knock out Trevor
Prangley in a non-title, catchweight affair. Additionally,
Sandro and Jessica
Aguilar posted victories during the main card broadcast,
besting Rafael Dias
The overall viewership for the Nov. 19 show tied the promotion’s
third-best all-time showing on MTV2, drawing even with October’s
Bellator 52. Also featuring Lombard,
Bellator 44 still holds the promotion’s viewership record,
earning 325,000 viewers this past May.