Bellator 178 Averages 733,000 Viewers, Peaks at 1.033 Million for Freire-Straus Main Event

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 26, 2017


The fourth meeting between Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus at Bellator 178 drew an average of 949,000 viewers to Spike on Friday night.

According to a release from Spike, the featherweight championship headliner peaked at 1.033 million viewers at 10:38 p.m. ET. Freire submitted Straus with a guillotine choke 37 seconds into the second round of their bout at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

When including +3DVR figures, Bellator 178 drew an average audience of 733,000 viewers to Spike for its four-bout main card. The co-main event saw Ilima-Lei Macfarlane tap Jessica Middleton with an armbar at the 2:15 mark of round one. Saad Awad and A.J. McKee also earned victories on the evening’s main draw.

According to a release, Bellator cards are averaging 922,000 viewers when including +7DVR figures thus far in 2017, the highest ratings in promotion history.

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