When SPIKE’s new series “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” debuted to weak ratings a few weeks ago, people tied to the show argued the numbers would go up, and so far that prediction is accurate. For the second episode in a row, the reality show’s ratings have reportedly risen significantly, likely sending a collective sigh of relief throughout Viacom headquarters.
According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, the third and most recent episode of Fight Master drew 676,000 viewers, which is just under what SPIKE TV typically pulls during primetime hours. Still, it’s a significant step up from the 545,000 people that tuned into episode two, and huge leap forward from the premier, which drew just 432,000 viewers. That’s over a 50% rise in numbers.
Considering SPIKE brought in UFC legend Randy Couture to be a coach on the show, there’s no doubt the network and Bellator would have been surprised and disappointed, if the ratings remained flat. The show’s other coaches are Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warrern, who certainly should be familiar to hardcore MMA fans at a minimum.
Next week the program moves into a new format, however, as all four teams have been picked. In case you don’t know, Fight Master is significantly different than “The Ultimate Fighter”, since the fighters chose their coaches rather than vice versa.
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