Report: GLORY Averages Just Under 400,000 Viewers in SPIKE Debut
SPIKE Exec Acknowledges “Tremendous Competition” But Night Featured “Amazing Fights”
By FCF Staff
GLORY made its broadcast debut on SPIKE Saturday night, and depending on one’s perspective, the kickboxing promotion drew solid numbers all things considered.
According to SPIKE, GLORY 11 drew an average of 381,000 viewers for the broadcast and peaked at 782,000. The peak, however, took place during the first half hour of the broadcast.
SPIKE’s Senior Vice President, David Schwarz, was asked by Full Contact Fighter for a comment on the ratings and the executive replied:
“Glory faced tremendous competition from MLB Playoffs and a ton of college football – but the most important thing is that show was incredible with amazing fights.”
The Boston Red Sox played the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship that night, and NASCAR also held an event, which both drew significant audiences.
According to SPIKE, Bellator 103 the night prior drew 638,000 viewers, which is just under what Bellator 100: Lima-Saunders II reportedly drew at 700,000.
GLORY 11 took place in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and saw Rico Verhoeven win the night’s heavyweight tournament. Kickboxing star and WSOF light-heavyweight Tyron Spong also fought and stopped Nathan Corbett.