It means very little to the UFC. The numbers were not that impressive! In the article quoted they failed to mention that OVERAL viewership for saturday night programing was down by almost HALF. Sure they had a big increase in the young male demographic (MMAs core audience) but not too impressive in numbers.
Kimbo/Roy still drew more viewers than Fedor ever has, and the Kimbo/Roy fight was on a SMALL cable channel!
Spike being a small channel is such a misconception. Spike is available in 98 Million of the approximately 110 Million homes in the US. That's just under 90%.
Originally Posted by SuicideJohnson
No threat at all. It was all of the same people watching Strikeforce that watch UFC, just much less. It was on for free on a major channel that everyone has, It would be a huge failure if it didn't do this well for sure.
The quality of everything was just soooo bad (how many boom mic shots were there during this event?), they are light years away from having a tight enough show to be 5% of the UFC. PLUS I think they are bound to fail for as long as they use Jimmy Lennon jr. Strikeforce, in my opinion, is one giant cheese-fest which happened to come up with a totally relevant main card for once. More power to them for pulling it off and not having Fedor lose.
I thought it was a very well run show. 4 fights (including a 5-round decision, and no 1st round stoppages) and commercials in 2.5 hours. That's pretty damn smooth.
And saying that this was Strikeforce's only relevant card is amusing. Cyborg/Carano wasn't relevant? How about Mousasi/Babalu? Shields/Lawler? Melendez/Thomson? Strikeforce has a quality roster. It's not as big or as deep as the UFC's, but it's growing nicely.
And if it was all the same people that watch UFC, how come Strikeforce had 5.46M, and the UFC draws an average of 600-700k for a PPV, and a couple million for an average episode of TUF? Where did all the extra people come from?
Did fans benefit when the NFL was two seperate leagues?? Or when the NHL was?? Wayne Gretzky started off in the WHA would we have been better off if they never merged with the NHL and we could just argue that he was the greatest??
You can't compare team sports to an individual sport. Combat sports are a much different animal. Obviously the first comparison to MMA should be Boxing. Say what you will about the current state of Boxing, the model of having no distinct major promotion has made it one of the most popular and recognized sports over the past 100 years.
A pro-league system which might be a better comparison would be golf. Golf exists with the PGA in North America as the main tour, but there are also feeder leagues and another major tour in the European tour, where many of the top players in the world play on a regular basis. I wouldn't mind a similar system for MMA... but that means the UFC would have to work with other promotions, and we know that's not going to happen.
Originally Posted by Emericanaddict
Not sure the numbers re correct ive heard from several other places (ill try to find a source) that it drew less the Kimbo vs Thompson did and that the channelsm regular progrmming produces higher drw than this fight card. I also heard tht though the peak viewing period was BEFORE the Fedor fight and people actully tuned out as the fight went later into the night (Meaning many viewers skipped out on the Fedor fight). Ill try to find a source but hey my source could be the incorrect one at the end of the day.
Where did those numbers come from? Everything I've read has pointed to the Fedor fight being the peak.
Did you read the article that only had the preliminary ratings, perchance? Because that article only looked at the ratings from 9-11, not the overrun time where Fedor's fight took place.
Yea they may have a big draw, but it was on a non-pay per view. So they pay their fighters so much, but where is SF making their money to pay the fighters? That was their biggest two fighters they had on live tv not pay per view. They blow their lode all ready what else do they have to offer?
Advertising on CBS is extremely lucrative (not just the time bought on the network, but the spots purchased inside the Strikeforce broadccast). Also, PPV isn't the be all and end all of making money. Most sports survive without PPV, and MMA can too. In 10 years, we'll probably see networks bidding for the right to show MMA events, much like they do with the NFL or NBA rights now.