The UFC’s ratings on FX continue to rise, as the UFC 145 preliminary card broadcast brought in an average of 1.6 million viewers.
The broadcast ran for two hours and featured four of the six preliminary card fights leading into the UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans main card: Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero, Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi, Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson and Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs. UFC 145 aired on Saturday, April 21, from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
By comparison, the UFC on FX 1 and 2 fight cards drew in audiences of 1.3 million and 1.4 million, respectively. For full results from UFC 145, click here.
Bellator, however, did not see such a ratings spike over the weekend. MMAJunkie reports that, for their Bellator 66 fight card, the promotion drew 109,000 viewers. The number ranks among the lowest audiences ever generated by a Bellator event.
Bellator 66 went down the day before UFC 145 and featured the promotion’s sixth season lightweight and middleweight tournaments, as well as a lightweight superfight between Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki.