The ratings are in for Bellator 106, the mixed martial arts (MMA) event that went down last Saturday night (Nov. 2, 2013) on Spike TV from the Long Beach Arena in California, headlined by a lightweight title fight rematch pitting Michael Chandler against Eddie Alvarez (watch it again here).
And the numbers weren't just good, they were the promotion's best ever.
The telecast delivered 1.1 million viewers (9:00pm-12:45am), the most-watched in Bellator event history and the most watched mixed martial arts show on television this fall. The "Chandler-Alvarez II" fight card peaked at 1.4 million viewers at 11:17pm and reached its high mark with Men 18-49 with a 1.1 rating for the Alvarez-Chandler bout. The telecast also ranked #2 in cable in its timeslot with Men 18-49.
See the full Bellator 106 results and live play-by-play here.
Spike TV has also promised to replay the Chandler vs. Alvarez 2 main event this Friday night (Nov. 8) after it was cut short in some markets due to its lengthy overrun.
Anything lest than "best ever" would have been disastrous for the future of the company. Keep in mind this fight card was stacked from top-to-bottom with the best fighters the promotion had to offer. In fact, it was expected to headline the first-ever Bellator
bad idea pay-per-view, until original headliner, Tito Ortiz, suffered a bad case of karma.
But he'll be back.
And the man he was expected to fight, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson, will be returning to Spike TV in a main event slugfest opposite fellow ZUFFA jetsam Joey Beltran (details) later this month. It will be interesting to see if "Rampage" can meet -- or exceed -- the benchmark set by the promotion's homegrown talent.