Fight Master has not been one of Bellator's more successful endeavors. After a weak debut for the show, ratings did trend upward for a few weeks before beginning and up and down pattern that led to last week's miserable 398,000 viewer showing.
It seems like Spike may have decided it was time to react as they have bumped the show to a late time slot mid-season.
The move to 11 p.m. on Thursdays could mean a couple of things for the struggling show. First, Spike TV is moving it directly after one of their most popular offerings, with TNA wrestling routinely pulling well over a million viewers per episode.
On the other hand, an 11 p.m. time slot is never ideal for original programming on TV when it's not considered a "late night" show such as "Conan O'Brien" or the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
There has been no official word on if "Fight Master" will get picked up for a second season or not.
Speaking personally, something about the show just never clicked for me. I appreciate that it isn't filled with Ultimate Fighter reality show nonsense, but it just doesn't hold my attention and I find myself doing other things when I try to watch it.
It will be interesting to see if being put after TNA will help pull ratings back up or if the show is simply doomed.