This past Saturday night saw MMA cards from the UFC, Bellator, and the World Series of Fighting and the television ratings for all three have come in.Tito Bonnar WI

According to Nielson sources, UFC 180 prelims on Fox Sports 1 average 624,000 viewers with a peak of 771,000 in last quarter hour of broadcast while WSOF 15 main card on NBCSN came in with 179,000 viewers.

For the UFC, the number of 624,000 is up nearly 24 percent from the UFC 179 number of 536,000. With the viewership from Saturday, the UFC PPV prelim average on Fox Sports 1 is now at nearly 739,000. When it comes to WSOF ratings, this is the first time since WSOF 7 (12/7/13) that the promotion has been under 200,000 viewers. The average viewership for WSOF in 2014 on NBCSN is now at nearly 240,000 and the 2013 average viewership for them was nearly 193,000.

Per Spike TV, the Bellator 131 card average 1.241 million viewers and peaked at 2 million viewers during the main event bout between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar. The main event had an average of 1.8 million viewers and ranks as 2nd highest-rated MMA fight telecast in all of television with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49, including broadcast, in 2014 (#1 is UFC on FOX on January 25, 2014). Also, Ortiz/Bonnar ranked #2 in its time slot in all of cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.

All of the fights on the main card broadcast had at least 1.1 million viewers with the second most viewed fight in the preliminary ratings begin Joe Schilling vs. Melvin Manhoef with 1.6 million. The co-main event title bout between Will Brooks and Michael Chandler had 1.3 million which the Muhammed Lawal vs. Joe Vedepo and Mike Richman vs. Nam Phan had 1.1 million.

With the viewership from Saturday night, the Bellator average for season eleven finishes at 729,000 and this is up from the season ten main card average of 683,000. Bellator 131 marks the third time this season that the promotion has peaked at over 1 million viewers and the previous high peak of 2014 was 1.271 in Live+SD ratings for Bellator 124.

“Bellator 131 was an incredible event that had something for everybody, and I’m thrilled to see our efforts were so well-received by our fans,” Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a press release. “I’m very proud of our entire Bellator and Spike family for all of the hard work they put resulting in these record-breaking ratings. The most exciting thing for me is the knowledge that that we are just getting started, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for the future.”

As always stay tuned for all the updated UFC, WSOF and Bellator television ratings right here on TheMMAReport.com

29 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    WTF is Spike tv saying? 131 was not highest rated mma event on cable. UFC fight night 36 was. It got 1.4 mil viewers….

    • Jason Floyd

      Read what they said…..

      The main event had an average of 1.8 million viewers and ranks as 2nd highest-rated MMA fight telecast in all of television with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49

      • Anonymous

        Oh my bad. I jumped the gun lol. ok that makes more sense haha.

    • Anonymous

      that was this year and last year was the record on fs1 1.7 mil.

      • Jason Floyd

        That was the overall number. They are talking about the demos of Men 18-34 and 18-49, which are key demos for sports

      • Jason Floyd

        I have requested that info from the commission. Waiting for a response

      • Anonymous

        chandler vs alvarez avg 1.1 mil viewers with a peak of 1.4 mil. tito vs bonnar 1.2 mil / peak of 2 mil with a ton of competition got better ratings. Wow I didn’t think tito was still this big of a draw. if they could some how get rampage to come back and fight tito on spike it would be even bigger ratings. but rampage is done with bellator from what I read on his twitter.

      • Anonymous

        you really think 133 will do over 1 mil viewers on Spike tv? it’s on Friday I doubt it. Friday there’s so many popular shows, College football/ NBA games, ect. hell even going vs UFC 184 they’d do better I think. only twice Bellator got over 1 mil viewers and both of those times were on a Saturday.

      • Jason Floyd

        There competition on that night will be college basketball, NBA, and NHL. They will have essentially 45 days to promote the event. I do believe they will get over 1 million viewers.

      • Anonymous

        don’t forget about Hawaii five o, Blue bloods, 20/20, Shark tank, ect. those shows get 5-12 mil viewers. btw do you know attendence and gate for 131?

      • Anonymous

        I heard it was close to 8k attendance. gate Idk, but I’m guessing it’s the most they’ve ever done.

      • Anonymous

        that other Anonymous wasn’t me. it was someone else. he was talking about the ppv of Bellator lol. they didn’t have a ppv. Luke Thomas said Bellator/ Viacom didn’t make any money on 131. Bullshit. their attendance was about 8k and largest gate they’ve ever done.

      • Jason Floyd

        Official attendance will be available tomorrow via the California State Athletic Commission

  2. Anonymous

    how much do you think the would’ve done without any UFC or do you think it would be about the same? I think without the UFC they would’ve done 1.4 mil.

  3. Anonymous

    someone on mma fighting said bellator strategy is a huge fail. lol really 2 mil peak 1.2 mil viewers is a huge fail?? and mma fighting is the only one that doesn’t have the bellator ratings up on their website bc ariel works for the ufc I’m guessing or they’re slow. I always thought why are they promoting tito vs bonnar over a title fight and their own fighters and now Ik haha.

  4. Anonymous

    Wow what a piece of shit company.. Rick Hawn was 10-4 in Bellator and got released. is this what we can expect from Scott Coker and the new Bellator??

  5. Paul Fontaine

    Jason, you reported in the headline that the UFC show did 624K but in the body of the article that it did 664K. On Tapology, it says 664K. Which number is correct?

      • Anonymous

        Tapology is always wrong. they have that WSOF 11 did 906k ratings. but really it did 700 something k. their rankings are terrible too.

  6. Anonymous

    I’d love to see Rick Hawn in Titan. and Steve Carl in One fc. him vs Askren for the title would be huge for them. also Ricci vs Hawn in Titan that’s a good fight.

  7. Anonymous

    I noticed that you put the ratings for the pay-per-view of Bellator on here and only put the UFC prelims on here. Have you not gotten ratings back on the pay-per-view or did you just space out?