’s third event of Season 8 averaged 705,000 viewers for
its two-hour live broadcast Thursday night on Spike TV.
Sherdog.com confirmed the viewership figure with an industry
source, who also verified than an immediate replay of the program
netted an additional 323,000 observers, bringing the cumulative
viewership to nearly 1.03 million for the four-hour block.
Additionally, the live broadcast earned ratings of 0.6 in both the
household and M18-34 categories.
Bellator 87 took place Jan. 31 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and
Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and featured the lightweight
tournament quarterfinals. David
Rickels topped Lloyd
Woodard in the evening’s main event, taking a hard-fought
unanimous decision from “Cupcake” to advance to the Season 8
semifinals alongside Will Brooks,
Awad and Alexander
The average viewership figure marks another slight decline for
Bellator, as its first two efforts on Spike TV netted 938,000 and
812,000 observers, respectively. Bellator’s premiere featured
lightweight champion Michael
Chandler and featherweight king Pat Curran
successfully defending their titles, while the following week’s
Bellator 86 saw Ben Askren
retain his welterweight strap and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal advance
to the light heavyweight round of four.
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