Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson can still attract an audience.
The Bellator 192 headliner peaked at 1.34 million viewers and averaged 1.2 million viewers for the three-round affair on the Paramount Network and CMT. Sonnen defeated “Rampage” via unanimous decision in the first bout of the heavyweight grand prix.
Bellator 192 marked the promotion’s first event on the rebranded Paramount Network, which was formerly known as Spike. The five-bout main card averaged 931,000 viewers overall. The co-main event, which saw Rory MacDonald take a five-round verdict over Douglas Lima to claim the welterweight title, averaged 1.1 million viewers.
Bellator 192 was the California-based organization’s most-watched event since Bellator 170, which averaged 1.4 million viewers and peaked at 1.85 million for a Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen headliner. Ortiz submitted Sonnen with a rear-naked choke 2:03 into the opening stanza of the January 2017 bout.
According to a release, Bellator 192 ranked No. 3 in the 18-to-49 male demographic and No. 4 in the 18-to-34 male demographic on cable television for the evening.