Thursday night’s two-hour broadcast of
Bellator 88 on Spike TV averaged 807,000 viewers, according to
an industry source.
The figure represents an upturn for the Viacom-owned promotion,
which saw viewership decrease to 705,000 during last week’s
Bellator earned 938,000 viewers in its Spike TV foray, and
812,000 observers tuned in the following week for Bellator 86.
In addition to the average viewership, Sherdog’s source also
confirmed that the card’s live broadcast earned a 0.7 rating in the
M18-34 demographic, as well as a household rating of 0.64. The
show’s immediate replay netted an additional 268,000 viewers on
Spike TV, bringing the total viewership for the four-hour block to
1.07 million viewers.
Bellator 88 took place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth,
Ga., and was headlined by a middleweight title collision between
tournament winners Alexander
Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves. Though the Brazilian was
aggressive in the bout’s early going, Shlemenko’s pressure picked
up in the second frame, with the Russian landing a series of nasty
body shots that put Falcao on the mat, where he was then finished
by a trio of jackhammer blows.