The ratings for this past Friday’s Bellator 192 event from The Forum are in.
According to a press release by Paramount Network, the first event of 2018 was watched by an average of 931,000 viewers. The main card aired live on both Paramount Network and CMT.
The highest amount viewership came during the Chael Sonnen vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson main event, which served as the first quarterfinal of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Sonnen won via decision, with 1.34 million viewers tuning in.
Sonnen and Jackson averaged 1.2 million viewers during their 15-minute, three-round contest, with 1.1 million viewers turning in for the welterweight title fight between Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald. MacDonald won the contest, and the championship, via decision.
Compared to past events, Bellator 192 was the most watched card since Bellator 190, which took place last January. That cared featured Sonnen against former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
In terms of the time-slot for Bellator 192, which was 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, the show ranked third in the male demographic for ages 18-49 and fourth with males 18-34 in all of cable programming. The card was also the most watched combat sports event on cable.
More numbers will be available later this week once the DVR+3 numbers are factored in.
Below is the complete press release:
Bellator MMA began 2018 with a bang featuring a star-studded card from the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, January 20 that delivered knockout ratings. Bellator 192 drew an average of 931,000 total viewers on Paramount Network and CMT, peaking with 1,340,000 million during the Chael Sonnen-Rampage Jackson bout.
The first round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix between Sonnen and Jackson averaged 1.2 million viewers. The welterweight title bout between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima, netted 1.1 million viewers.
Bellator 192 was the most watched event for the franchise since Bellator 170: Sonnen vs. Ortiz last January.
In its timeslot (9:00pm-12:30am), Bellator 192 on Paramount Network ranked #3 with Men 18-49 and #4 with Men 18-34 in all of cable. Bellator 192 was also the most watched combat sports event that evening on cable. (DVR +3 numbers will be available later this week)