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Old 11-10-2009, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fedor-Rogers Draws 5.46 Million - How much of a threat to the UFC is SF?

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The heavyweight main event pairing Fedor Emelianenko with the previously unbeaten Brett Rogers at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” reached 5.46 million viewers, according to figures released on Tuesday by CBS.

Emelianenko, despite a broken nose and hand injury, stopped the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Rogers on second-round strikes on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The bout between the stoic Russian and hulking Minnesotan drew a 3.5 rating in men, ages 25-54, 3.3 in men, ages 18-49 and 3.1 in men, ages 18-34.

The entire broadcast, which marked Strikeforce’s debut on the network and included a five-round middleweight title bout between Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, drew 4.04 million viewers and won its time slot among men and adults, ages 18-34. In addition, it delivered significantly higher ratings than the network’s season-to-date averages in the time period among young adult and male demographics, according to CBS representatives.

Compared to CBS’s 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. season-to-date averages, the Strikeforce show was up 38 percent in adults, ages 18-49, 125 percent in adults, 18-34, 117 percent in men, ages 25-54, 178 percent in men, ages 18-49 and 283 percent in men, ages 18-34. According to CBS, Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” outdrew primetime college football coverage on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

The event marked the return of live mixed martial arts to network television for the first time since EliteXC “Heat” in October 2008, which drew an average of 4.56 million viewers. The Emelianenko-Rogers matchup fell well short of becoming the most-watched fight in North American history; that honor still belongs to the Kimbo Slice-James Thompson bout, which drew 6.51 million viewers at EliteXC “Primetime” in May 2008.
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What does this mean for Strikeforce and how much of a threat are they to the UFC?
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It means they need to put Fedor on every card to even think of pulling those numbers again.
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of course free fight cards on a national broadcast channel are going to draw much more viewership than a pay Per View event.

This is why Dana is always speaking about putting together a deal with a national tv outlet for both periodic major fight events and weekly cards for up and comers. Similar to the old days of boxing where we would get to see Ali vs Frazer on ABC or Friday Night Fights on USA or ESPN.

The Strikforce card this past weekend was very good but I doubt highly the Zuffa boys are worried much if at all.

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why are the numbers released by CBS different then Nielson?? Fishy. I wouldnt trust a network to tell you how many ppl watched themselves.
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It means they need to put Fedor on every card to even think of pulling those numbers again.
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why are the numbers released by CBS different then Nielson?? Fishy. I wouldnt trust a network to tell you how many ppl watched themselves.
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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!
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This thread has made me wonder something about Fedor. I dont speak Russian, dont live in Russia, and dont know any Russian people. Ive always wondered if Fedor actually has a more magnetic and entertaining personality but we just lose all of that in translation.
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This thread has made me wonder something about Fedor. I dont speak Russian, dont live in Russia, and dont know any Russian people. Ive always wondered if Fedor actually has a more magnetic and entertaining personality but we just lose all of that in translation.
i think we can read enough body language and facial expressions to say NO ;P he is what he is, a true fighter, not an entertainer. He doesnt hype up fights or talk trash, he doesnt boast or show frustration.
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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.
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