Bellator 201 drew an audience of 466,000 viewers to Paramount Network this past Friday night, according to figures released by ShowBuzz Daily.
That figure represents an increase over the previous two Bellator cards, both of which featured some high-profile stars, including Gegard Mousasi, Michael Page, Muhammad Lawal, Ryan Bader and Paul Daley, to name a few. Bellator 200, a tape-delayed offering, averaged 421,000 viewers, while Bellator 199 attracted 453,000 viewers to Paramount network (the card also averaged 152,000 viewers on CMT).
Bellator 201 took place at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., and saw Ilima-Lei Macfarlane retain her flyweight crown with a third-round submission of Alejandra Lara in the evening’s main event.
Despite the slight upward trend, Bellator 201 is the eighth of 10 cards held by the California-based promotion to do less than 500,000 viewers in 2018. From 2013 to 2016, three Bellator cards total fell short of the 500,000 mark. That figure increased to seven in 2017.