Ratings Report: UFC 153 Prelims Average 1 Million Viewers on FX; Bellator 76 Nets 175,000 on MTV2
prelims averaged 1 million viewers on the FX network this
past Saturday, while
attracted 175,000 observers the night prior on
Sherdog.com confirmed the ratings Tuesday morning with an industry
source. UFC 153 took place at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and
showcased a headlining light heavyweight attraction pitting
reigning middleweight king Anderson
Silva against “Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 finalist Stephan
Bonnar. “The Spider” floored Bonnar with one perfectly-placed
knee to the solar plexus and then forced the stoppage with
ground-and-pound at 4:40 of round one.
Meanwhile, Bellator’s Friday night effort saw Eddie
Alvarez stop Patricky
Freire in emphatic fashion, as the former lightweight champion
caught “Pitbull” with a head kick late in the first round of their
155-pound headliner at Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor,
Ontario. The event also featured the Season 7 featherweight
tournament quarterfinals, in which Rad
Richman and Shahbulat
Shamhalaev picked up victories to advance to the Nov. 9
semifinals at Bellator 80.
Bellator’s viewership figure represents a slight upturn for the
Viacom-owned promotion when compared to last week’s Bellator 75,
which attracted 145,000 viewers. However, the UFC figure marks a
small drop off when compared to the organization’s most recent
broadcast on the Fox-owned cable network, as UFC on FX 5 earned
1.1. million viewers on Oct. 5. Nevertheless, the UFC 153 prelims
did trump the most recent preliminary card showing on FX, as the
UFC 152 undercard netted just 955,000 observers last month.
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