GLORY's 14-show run on Spike TV came to an end this past Friday night (Oct. 9, 2015).
According to Spike TV, 283,000 viewers tuned in to watch GLORY 24 in Denver, Colo., and witness Joe Schilling earn a technical knockout victory over Jason Wilnis, Dustin Jacoby knockout Wayne Barrett and Benjamin Adegbuyi win the Heavyweight "Contender" tournament.
The kickboxing show ended up being the second-lowest rated of the entire run on Spike TV, but it wasn't for lack of good fights and/or match ups. GLORY 24 was headlined by arguably its biggest North American star, Schilling, and four out of the five fights finished inside the distance.
However, a late start time of 11 p.m. ET and lack of promotion once again seemed to hurt the promotion's final show on the Viacom-owned network.
In hindsight, GLORY 13 was the pinnacle for the promotion's run on Spike TV, garnering 659,000 viewers, while GLORY 22 was its low-water mark with 152,000 viewers. Over the course of the two-year, 14-show run on Spike TV, GLORY fight cards had an overall average of about 418,000 viewers.
The most-viewed GLORY kickboxing cards on Spike TV from top to bottom:
GLORY 13 659,000 viewers
GLORY 19 542,000 viewers
GLORY 21 517,000 viewers
GLORY 16 498,000 viewers
GLORY 14 495,000 viewers
GLORY 17 482,000 viewers
GLORY 12 476,000 viewers
GLORY 11 381,000 viewers
GLORY 15 354,000 viewers
GLORY 20 359,000 viewers
GLORY 18 352,000 viewers
GLORY 23 295,000 viewers
GLORY 24 283,000 viewers
GLORY 22 152,000 viewers
The combat sports promotion will now look elsewhere for a home to showcase its high-level kickboxing. GLORY currently has a deal with CBS Sports, which shows the "Superfight Series" (preliminary card) on tape delay for each fight card.
As for what network (or networks) are under consideration for its services, GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin hasn't offered up much other than "an announcement is not too far off," and that GLORY 25 will be broadcast on television in the United States.
With the GLORY 25: "Italy" event set for Nov. 6, 2015, news should break very soon right here at MMAmania.com -- we will keep you posted.