Bellator ended it’s first season on Spike TV and eighth in total strongly on Thursday night with an average of 901,000 viewers tuning into the live event.

That was a steep rise of 188,000 viwers over the previous week’s show and was the joint second highest audience of the season, beaten out only by the season premiere which drew 938,000 viewers.

The show peaked with with over one million viewers during the middleweight final and also drew an additional 328,000 viewers for an immediate replay.

Overall, Bellator’s eight season averaged a healthy 793,000 viewers, a good foundation from which to build on in future seasons.

While there was some mishaps during season 8, such as Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal and Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral’s early exits from the light-heavyweight tournament, in general the fights were consistently good and importantly, their key, home-grown champions like Michael Chandler and Pat Curran performed well.

Bellator’s own reality show is set to start later in the year and that should also help their chances of increased ratings for future seasons so things are looking positive for the promotion at this stage.

Bellator Ratings On Spike TV So Far:

  • Bellator 85:  938,000 viewers
  • Bellator 86:  812,000 viewers
  • Bellator 87:  705,000 viewers
  • Bellator 88:  807,000 viewers
  • Bellator 89:  719,000 viewers
  • Bellator 90:  737,000 viewers
  • Bellator 91:  901,000 viewers
  • Bellator 92:  741,000 viewers
  • Bellator 93:  748,000 viewers
  • Bellator 94:  713,000 viewers
  • Bellator 95:  901,000 viewers
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