Saturday’s Bellator 39 event drew an average of 174,000 viewers on MTV2 with a further 89,000 tuning in for the immediate replay.

The initial showing saw an upturn of 24,000 viewers compared to last week’s event, though still down 26,000 viewers on the season premiere.

While it’s good to see that the recent ratings slide has been arrested I’m a little disappointed that the event didn’t draw a little better considering that there was no major competition from the likes of the UFC or Strikeforce on Saturday night, and the card was the strongest of the season so far.

Still, the ratings overall for Bellator so far are believed to be a significant improvement over what MTV2 had been pulling in previously.