UFC 224 Prelims-Bellator 199 Suffer In Ratings
On a night featuring two major boxing events on HBO and ESPN, as well as the NHL’s western conference finals, both the UFC 224 prelims and Bellator 199 would take hits in the ratings.
The UFC 224 Prelims would air on FX instead of FS1, and draw an average of 574,000 viewers, yielding the lowest rated (0.21) prelim card for a PPV in 2018. The card would double as the lowest for the UFC since the prelims of UFC 215, which suffered due to airing partially on FS2 due to a golf tournament.
Conversely, Bellator 199, which featured top prospect Aaron Pico, Ryan Bader, King Mo, and former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Paul Daley, would only garner a 0.16 rating, and an average audience of 453,000 viewers.
Bellator’s last event which was Bellator 198: Fedor vs. Mir averaged 581,000 and a 0.22 rating, which some would also view as a failure for the brand.
Bellator 199 would mark the 6th time that Bellator has failed to surpass the 500,000 viewer mark, but proponents of the brand can point to UFC 214, Sadam Ali’s loss to Jaime Munguia, and Vasyl Lomachenko’s win over Jorge Linares, as a reason for the dip in the ratings.
The only other major sports competition that evening was an NHL playoff game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets, which did a 0.5 rating and averaged more than 2.3 million on NBC.
Original Story: MMA Fighting