They like UFC in Brazil. A lot. Photo via UFC.com.
UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" went down last Saturday night (Jan. 14, 2012) live from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, featuring hometown heroes Vitor Belfort and Jose Aldo in winning performances.
When all was said and done, 23 million viewers watched the mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza on Brazilian television, according to a report from Sherdog.com.
According to commentator Galvao Bueno, who called the action with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, approximately 23 million people watched UFC 142 across Brazil, making for an average 14.6 rating and a 70-percent share. For comparison, youth-oriented channel Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao (SBT) took second place with just a 3.7 rating, while Rede Bandeirantes came in third with a 1.6 average. Rede Record, the channel which Globo beat out for the right to broadcast the UFC, placed fourth with a 1.0 rating.
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