Bellator MMA LogoBellator MMA made its Spike TV debut on Thursday night with a couple episodes of the new series Bellator 360.

The TV ratings for the first two episodes of Bellator 360 are in with the series premiere kicking off with 461,000 viewers, while the second episode drew 513,000 viewers.

The average of the two episodes clocked in at 487,000 viewers per episode.

Only time will tell how much of a success that Bellator is or isn’t on Spike TV, but those numbers are easily two to three times better than most of Bellator’s live events drew on its old television home MTV2.

Spike TV officials, however, are happy with the initial numbers.

“We drew just under a million viewers (in total) without heavy promotion,” Spike TV senior vice president of communications David Schwarz told MMAWeekly.com on Friday. “We are very encouraged by it… especially with the growth in the second hour.”

Bellator 360 is an original series highlighting the biggest fights in Bellator history, while previewing upcoming Bellator world title fights.

Thursday night’s premiere episode featured Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler reliving his submission victory over Eddie Alvarez, while looking ahead to his next title defense, slated for Jan. 17 against Rick Hawn.

The second episode rehashed Bellator’s middleweight class, and previewed the upcoming clash between Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao, who battle on Feb. 7 for the vacant middleweight title.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest Bellator MMA news and updates.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Watch Episode 2 of 'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight'

  • 10 days ago
  • 17 views

After a successful launch that has seen UFC officials bring Sage Northcutt and Randy Brown to the octagon, not to mention this weekend’s debut of Mickey Gall, the second episode of “Dana White: Looki read news >>

Bellator signs PRIDE, Strikeforce, veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov to multi-fight deal

  • 10 days ago
  • 3 views

Two days after the announcement of one of its highest profile free-agent signings to date, Bellator continues to bolster its roster with the addition of a veteran heavyweight.Filed under: Bellator, N read news >>

MMAjunkie Radio (1 p.m. ET): Bellator's Benson Henderson, Sean Spencer, Gil Martinez

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Benson Henderson, Sean Spencer and Gil Martinez.Filed under: Bellator, MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator Signs Former Pride Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

Pride and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov is the latest free agent signed by Bellator MMA. read news >>

Tim Means pulled from UFC Fight Night 83 headliner after failed USADA test

  • 9 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC officials today announced that welterweight [autotag]Tim Means[/autotag] has been pulled from a planned UFC Fight Night 83 headliner with Donald Cerrone after being notified of a potential anti-d read news >>

Sean Soriano among 'Legacy FC 52: Page vs. Schnell' additions

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

After previously announcing the event’s championship headliner, officials today confirmed the rest of the main card for “Legacy FC 52: Page vs. Schnell.”Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi official for Bellator 151

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

Two up-and-coming featherweights are slated for a key matchup at next month’s Bellator 151 event.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

22-fight UFC veteran Chris Leben comes out of retirement to sign with Bellator

  • 7 days ago
  • 11 views

In a week that included the signing of former UFC and WEC champion, as well as a veteran heavyweight, Bellator added another big name to its roster on Friday. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

Benson Henderson on Bellator decision: Kickboxing, boxing bouts played a role

  • 7 days ago
  • 8 views

The possibility of spreading his combat-sports wings was a motivator for former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson to sign with Bellator.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Brandon Cash Aiming for the Money in WSOF Global Heavyweight Title

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Brandon Cash is going straight for the money, taking aim at the WSOF Global heavyweight championship in Tokyo. read news >>