Bellator 176 took place this past Saturday from the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy and was headlined by Rafael Carvalho retaining the Bellator middleweight title with a head kick knockout in the fourth round against Melvin Manhoef.

When it comes to the television ratings for the fight card, it was revealed on Tuesday by Nielson that the main card on Spike delivered 438,000 viewers and Spike TV announced on Thursday that the fight card came in with 496,000 viewers in the +3 DVR ratings. Along with announcing the average viewership, Spike confirmed that the peak viewership of the broadcast came during the main event with 688,000 viewers.

Bellator will return to Spike TV tomorrow for Bellator 177 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and the event will be headlined by a catchweight bout of 139 pounds as bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas meets former LFA bantamweight champion Leandro Higo in a non-title fight.

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    This somewhat shows that Bellator’s audience is a night time Friday night and occasionally a Saturday night audience. Maybe Bellator can have a way to live stream overseas shows, but show those same shows in primetime on delay on Spike, soon to be Paramount. That way, the small percentage of hardcore fans get to see what they want when it is actually live and the casual get to see it on a well packaged, nice production delayed primetime televised show on Spike.

    • Jason Floyd

      I talked about this on the preview podcast today, selling the international events to a digital streaming company like FloCombat makes all the sense in the world.