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Bellator 106: Chandler vs. Alvarez II Sets Record High TV Ratings Mark

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Eddie-Alvarez-Michael-Chandler-Bellator-0828Bellator MMA, in one week, more than doubled its TV ratings results week-over-week, setting a new all-time high mark for the promotion.

Bellator 106 delivered 1.1 million viewers for Chandler vs. Alvarez II, the largest viewership ever in the promotion’s history.

The fight card peaked at 1.4 million viewers at 11:17 p.m. ET for the main event rematch between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez. The telecast also ranked No. 2 on cable television in its timeslot with Men 18-49.

Bellator 106 was initially slated to be the promotion’s first-ever pay-per-view offering, featuring a main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz. Ortiz, however, had to withdraw little more than a week prior to the event due to a fractured neck.

Following a brief scramble, the decision was made to keep the fight card intact, minus the original main event, and move it to Spike TV as a free offering. The lightweight title fight between Chandler and Alvarez was upgraded to main event status, with a Bellator interim light heavyweight championship between Emanuel Newton and King Mo Lawal slotted as the co-main event. The five-fight card on Spike also featured a featherweight title bout between Pat Curran and Daniel Straus.

In this day and age of DVR-savvy viewers, there were several fans that missed the headliner due to the length of the event running well beyond its scheduled ending time. Spike TV, however, will replay the Chandler vs. Alvarez main event bout on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, as a lead-in to the Bellator 107 telecast at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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  • David

    The only good fight was the main event. I believe Chandler won though.

  • Shawn Steinberg

    If they would have listen to EVERYBODY and made the decision to put in on Spike to begin with I’d give them credit for the ratings but they are complete morons and only because the PPV fell through did they fall ass backwards into record high ratings.

    The 3 fights before the Alvarez/Chandler fight were pretty much as bad is it gets both for the promotion and as far as the fights themselves, extremely long and boring, Alvarez and Chandler saved the day.

    Now the ratings will continue to suffer tremendously because they put every decent fighter they have on this 1 card, the Rampage fight might do okay just because it’s free but other than that the rest of their cards over the next cpl months will continue to bust. R.I.P. Bellator

    • Bjork Rebney

      Nov 22 is the last card of the season so they will have to time to rest up their main guys

    • Advance*

      I agree but they’ve never really had name value on most of their cards anyway. They have Kongo, Rampage and Shlemenko to headline their last three cards. And they still have Joe Warren, Terry Etim and Matt Riddle fighting as well. It could be worse.

  • JJ

    It was like watching D-League basketball. Will not waste my time again until they can prove they belong with the top talent in the world. No Bellator fighter should be ranked higher than 8 or 10th in the world.

  • Timothy Malone

    So to compare, UFC’s final fight night on Spike beat this with 1.8 milllion views and featured the thrilling card of Shields vs Ellenberger, Mcgee vs Dongi Yang, Koch vs Brookins, and Belcher vs Jason MacDonald. And this was going to be a PPV?

  • benoit

    This was a good event and moreover it was free !!!
    The bellator fighters are no slouch and who can complain that the UFC has a challenger ????the only thing I can see is that we have more MMA matches to watch and it is also good for the fighters who can have another boss than Dana…
    If you don’t like it, don’t watch it and stop bitching like people did with Strikeforce and Wec…

  • Your_Dad

    Can’t you idiots be happy for Bellator and not turn into a UFC vs. Bellator thing, or do you people have your heads so far up your ass you can’t see anything else?