FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) has learned that the ratings for the IFL’s first-ever live telecast on MyNetworkTV this past Saturday registered at a 0.4 and a 1 share. It is believed that approximately 450,000 homes were tuned into the event.
A detailed quarter hour breakdown is not yet available.
The live telecast of the World Grand Prix semifinals from Chicago featured a lightweight semifinal tournament bout that saw Chris Horodecki defeat Bart Palaszewski by decision and the light heavyweight tournament final in which Vladimir Matyushenko became the first-ever IFL 205 lbs. champ with a unanimous decision victory over Alex Schoenauer.
It’s believed that the company considers the show a success because the numbers were a 20% increase from the previous week’s taped broadcast. The show also did not air live in the mountain and pacific time zones. MyNetworkTV was also able to sell out the ad inventory for the hour and there was additional press coverage of the IFL leading up to the first live telecast.
Right now a plan is being put in place to secure a two-hour live telecast on MyNetworkTV for the World Grand Prix finals on Dec. 29. that would start at 8 p.m. ET. The lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, and heavyweight titles would be decided with the idea of the show serving as an unofficial lead-in for the UFC 79 pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
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