reported 189,000 viewers tuned in to watch M-1 Global’s debut on Showtime, which aired at 11 p.m. ET on March 26.
M-1 Challenge 24, which was headlined by a lightweight title confrontation between Artiom Damkovsky and Jose Figueroa, took place at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the numbers on Wednesday, and Sherdog.com confirmed the statistics with a source close to the event. The program reportedly earned a 0.52 household rating; demographic information was not available at the time of this report.
In the main event, Figueroa snatched the promotion’s lightweight belt from Damkovsky in the Belarusian’s first title defense. After scoring multiple takedowns, the American Top Team Orlando-trained Figueroa finished the fight with ground-and-pound in the second period.
The event also saw co-headliner Magomed Sultanakhmedov capture the vacant M-1 middleweight strap, as he knocked out Team Quest representative Tyson Jeffries in the second frame. Using unpredictable strikes to both the head and body of his foe, Sultanakhmedov earned his seventh consecutive knockout victory at 3:07 of round two.