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GLORY 33 ratings: 517,000 viewers watch on ESPN2 as kickboxing promotion continues to build momentum in 2016

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GLORY 33 was the ninth GLORY card to air on ESPN programming last Friday (Sept. 9, 2016) and the first ever to air live on ESPN2.

According to SportsTVRatings.com, 517,000 viewers tuned in to watch GLORY 33 and see Rico Verhoeven defend his heavyweight belt a fifth time in his technical knockout win over Anderson “Braddock” Silva in Trenton, NJ. That number ties the third-highest watched GLORY card of all time, GLORY 21, which aired on Spike TV in May of 2015.

It’s important to note that those were the numbers measured from 11:58 p.m. through 1:13 a.m. ET, when the card aired on ESPN2. The card began on ESPN News at 11 p.m. ET due to the Louisville/Syracuse college football game running late on ESPN2 and switched over after the first hour. ESPN no longer subscribes to Nielsen measurement for ESPN News, so the overall numbers can’t be accurately calculated. If you factor in DVR numbers and the missing hour, GLORY 33 was likely one of the most-watched cards in the kickboxing promotion’s history.

“It’s great for GLORY to be on ESPN2 live and to be right in there with top American sports such as NCAA football,” GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin told MMAmania.com. “It’s fantastic to bring GLORY to mainstream sports fans. These ratings show that when sports fans see GLORY kickboxing, they stick around and watch our exciting 100% striking action. Between ESPN2 live, other ESPN platforms, DVR, ESPN SportsCenter and UFC Fightpass, millions of U.S viewers tuned into GLORY 33 and the GLORY middleweight and heavyweight title fights on Friday night.”

For a comparison of other combat sports aired over the weekend, the UFC 203 prelims aired on FS1 on Saturday from 8-10 p.m ET and drew 870,000 viewers.

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