Fighting Championships’ fifth-season debut reached an average
of 235,000 viewers during its Saturday broadcast on MTV2, promotion
officials announced on Tuesday.
Featuring the opening round of the company’s fourth welterweight
Bellator 49 aired live at 9 p.m. ET from Caesars Hotel and
Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The show’s immediate rebroadcast at
11 p.m. ET netted an additional 153,000 viewers, making a total of
386,000 for the four-hour block.
Bellator 49 marked the first time the Chicago-based promotion was
simultaneously broadcast in high definition on premium cable
network Epix, a channel not currently rated by Nielsen Media
Research. Additionally, the event served as guinea pig for the
promotion’s inaugural preliminary card broadcast, which streamed
live on Spike.com and Bellator.com immediately prior to the MTV2
Featuring victories from Chris
Lozano (Pictured), Ben
Saunders, Luis Santos
Lima, Bellator 49 posted the fourth-greatest viewership rating
out of 15 total MTV2-broadcast Bellator events in 2011. Leading the
pack by a wide margin, May’s
Bellator 44 sits atop that list with 325,000 viewers.