Bellator 175 Does Impressive Ratings
Bellator 175 featured a rematch between two of the promotion’s biggest names, as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was defeated by Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in the main event. The star power at the top of the bill paid off, as the card turned in impressive ratings as one of Bellator’s strongest showings this year.
According to a press release, the event drew 1.4 million viewers on average with a peak of 1.6 million:
Spike’s coverage of Bellator 175 delivered knockout ratings for Spike TV on Friday, March 31. The main event, featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal drew 1.4 million viewers, peaking with 1.6 million.
Overall, Bellator 175 tallied 1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating with Men 18-49, ranking #3 in its timeslot.
Under Scott Coker’s leadership, Bellator MMA in 2017 is averaging 993,000 viewers, a 26% increase over 2016, pacing to be the most-watched year ever for the franchise.
Bellator 175 has been surpassed only by Bellator 170 this year, which featured Chael Sonnen’s promotional debut vs. Tito Ortiz.
The fight may be the promotion’s last with Rampage, whose Bellator contract is up. He still has fights left on his previous UFC contract, which went unfulfilled after the suit filed by Bellator to have him return. If Friday’s television ratings are any indication, Quinton Jackson still has significant drawing power.