Bellator 161 took place this past Friday night from the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas and was headlined by Cheick Kongo winning his third straight fight with a majority decision victory against Tony Johnson.

In the preliminary television ratings (Live+SD), the fight card had 686,000 viewers and the card saw a 10 percent increase in viewership in the +3 DVR ratings with 758,000 viewers. The fight card peaked at 966,000 viewers according to Spike and the broadcast ranked third in live sports events on cable on Friday.

With the +3 DVR numbers from Friday night, Bellator is averaging 814,000 viewers this year in the +3 DVR ratings and the complete +3 DVR Ratings for Bellator in 2016 are below.

Bellator 148: 603k
Bellator 149: 2.2 million
Bellator 150: 809k
Bellator 151: 838k
Bellator 152: 619k
Bellator 153: 686k
Bellator 154: 775k
Bellator 155: 715k
Bellator 156: 538k
Bellator 157: 675k
Bellator 158: 640k
Bellator 159: 708k
Bellator 160: 833k
Bellator 161: 758k

One Response


    Jason Floyd, this is about Bellator’s range in viewership. And Cheick Kongo always draws around 900,000 to 1 million viewers for his fights in Bellator. Nothing new here. Scott Coker and his crew really need to find out what established Bellator stars like Michael Chandler, Michael Venom Page, and Bobby Lashley could draw by having them be the Main Event of a fight card. At some point, I think it would be a great idea of rewarding the loyal Bellator fan base by having the established Bellator stars Main Event a fighter card. Jason Floyd, get Bellator to make it happen (lol).