"EliteXC Rating a Disaster
by Michael Rome on Jul 27, 2008 5:40 PM EDT in News
I really loved last night's show live, and so did almost everyone else. Unforunately, it looks like nobody saw it:
That airing back on May 31, 2008 scored 4.3 million viewers and a 1.9/6 among 18-49 year olds and since the Kimbo Slice bout for that airing aired past primetime (11p) the most viewed portion wasn’t included. But lacking any Kimbo anticipation, last night’s fights pulled a mere 2.62 million and a 1.0/3 from 9pm-11pm.
A 1.0 rating on broadcast television on Saturday night is terrible. They won't be cancelled because the next show is Kimbo and Gina, but this is going to do a lot of damage to MMA's reputation at the networks in the long run.
Dana White is coming away from this whole thing smelling like roses. People bashed him for not getting this CBS deal, but he was clearly right not to put all the power in the hands of people that know nothing about MMA. I have a feeling this rating may hurt the UFC's chances at getting a deal."
Here's the breakdown of the numbers:
No Bimbo no buzz. "America's most wanted" and "cops" beat a live event. That sucks.
I worked last night so I haven't gotten to see the whole event- I DVRed it and have only watched the Lawler fight. Tonight I'll be watching the whole event. From what I heard it was a pretty decent card and I thought the Lawler fight was very entertaining but that rating absolutely blows.