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Ratings: Bellator’s Kimbo vs. Shamrock Fight Card Draws 1.58 Million Viewers

Kimbo Slice [Bellator Official]

While it did not set any overall mixed martial arts records, Friday’s heavily hyped Bellator card performed well for the current climate. It was also the most-watched Bellator broadcast yet.

Headlined by Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock, Friday’s Bellator 138 averaged a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating with 1.58 million viewers from 9-12:02 PM.

Among adults 18-49, it ranked as the night’s #2 cable program.

In addition to outdrawing the 1.24 million viewership mark posted by Bellator 131 (Ortiz vs. Bonnar fight card), the latest Bellator also comfortably outdrew a pair of recent UFC telecasts. Airing on FS1, the 6/6 show drew a 0.5 with 0.95 million viewers. The 5/30 show was good for a 0.4 with 0.81 million.

Despite the comparative strength for 2015, the performance was a far cry from that delivered by Kimbo Slice’s early mixed martial arts cards.

Spike’s Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale, for instance, reached 3.7 million viewers in 2009. The card’s Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander fight reached a peak audience of 5.2 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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