The ratings for GLORY on Spike TV jumped up almost 150,000 viewers to 498,000 since last month's GLORY 15 card in Istanbul, one that had 354,000 viewers tune in to see Gokhan Saki win the four-man tournament to become the inaugural GLORY light heavyweight champion.
The GLORY 16: "Denver" show featured Errol Zimmerman wining the heavyweight contender tournament, Marc de Bonte winning a split decision over Karapet Karapetyan for the welterweight title, and Pat Barry getting knocked out by Zack Mwekassa in his return to kickboxing (full results here). The ratings were the second highest all time for the kickboxing promotion, as GLORY 13 in Tokyo remains the highest ever with 659,000 viewers.
This is good news for GLORY since last month's show in Istanbul was the lowest rated out of the six shows on Spike TV and could be good momentum leading into next month's GLORY 17: "Los Angeles" card and the "Last Man Standing" event that follows on pay-per-view (PPV) the same night.
The kickboxing promotion is still trying to build stars in the U.S. and Pat Barry losing to Zack Mwekassa certainly didn't help the cause, but they have discovered a hidden talent in "The Black Warrior" from The Democratic Republic of Congo, so that isn't a terrible thing.
American kickboxer Raymond Daniels had the biggest knockout of the night (watch it here) but it occurred on the GLORY Superfight Series, not on Spike TV. So, It would be safe to assume that Daniels next fight will be on a main card after his knockout went viral over the weekend.
Let's not forget that GLORY 16 had to go up against the Mayweather vs. Maidana prelims and still turned in a fairly impressive number as the American audience is still becoming familiar with kickboxing and a new roster of fighters and hit a peak in the last hour of 815,000.
The viewers still hover around the 500,000 mark and the overall average for all six shows is just over 477,000. It appears that they are building a solid base audience moving forward.
Next month's GLORY 17 card will feature a featherweight "contender" tournament, a lightweight scrap between Andy Ristie and American fighter, Ky Hollenbeck and the headliner will be between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and a fighter to be named shortly.