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http://www.fightline.com/news/mma/2009/1111/460404/strikeforce-fedor-vs-rogers/index.shtml

Although this weekend’s “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” card was star-studded, America showed there was only one star worth watching as CBS received a huge spike just before Fedor Emelianenko took the cage in his U.S. primetime debut.

According to CBS, between at 11PM and 11:15PM, 5.46 million viewers tuned in to watch the Russian TKO the previously undefeated Brett Rogers in the 2ndRound of their contest.

That number is a significant increase from the 4.01 million viewers that watched during the 10:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. timeslot leading-in.

The night was a big hit for Strikeforce and CBS among young males as the final timeslot posted triple-digit increases in viewership with a 3.1 rating for men 18-34, a 3.3 rating for men 18-49, and a 3.5 rating for men 25-54.

Thirty-one percent of the Saturday audience was comprised of 18-34 adults, with the complete card garnering an average of 4.04 million viewers.

Of the four MMA broadcasts CBS had previously hosted, Fedor vs. Rogers ranks third behind “EliteXC: Primetime,” which averaged 4.85 million viewers, and “EliteXC: Heat,” which drew 4.56 million viewers. Both cards were headlined by YouTube sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.

“Elite XC: Unfinished Business” in July of 2008 ranked last with an average of 2.57 million viewers.

All-in-all, it was a solid CBS debut for Strikeforce, especially if you consider that only eight fights have ever been seen by more eyes.
 

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I'm a big SF fan and supporter... but just to put things in perspective...

The Kimbo v Roy Nelson match (on cable TV no less) drew a 6.1 rating (I'd wager it would've hit damn near 10.0 on basic TV)

http://www.betus.com/sports-betting/ufc/articles/kimbo-slice-vs-roy-nelson-fight-ratings-were-massive/

http://mmamania.com/2009/10/01/kimbo-slice-vs-roy-nelson-ultimate-fighter-tuf-ratings-are-staggering/

Just shows that the average MMA fan (who likely refers to MMA as "UFC") still recognizes Kimbo more than Fedor.

Hopefully SF budgets appropriately moving forward, and this past weekend's SF card will start to change that.
 

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but thats an established brand thats been running for yonks now. 5.6m is a substantial amount considering they probably attracted alot of new viewers...not just the connoisseurs that know fedor
 

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The problem with cards on basic TV is everyone gets it and people don't get together to watch it and go to bars like they do PPV's IMO 1 million PPV buys is equal to 10 million watching on basic TV.
 

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At my BJJ class on Tuesday, several people didn't realize it was a free fight so they didn't watch it....but today everyone talked about TUF. It will take a while to get the promoting up to the level of the UFC, if they can stay afloat that is. Oh and I do my part to promote non-UFC fighters because they need it :)
 

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but thats an established brand thats been running for yonks now. 5.6m is a substantial amount considering they probably attracted alot of new viewers...not just the connoisseurs that know fedor
I'm not arguing your point, because I know what you're saying, but Strikforce has actually been around longer than the UFC.
 

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I'm not arguing your point, because I know what you're saying, but Strikforce has actually been around longer than the UFC.
srsly? I stand corrected! I honestly nver knew that loland never would have guessed it either.
 

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I'm not arguing your point, because I know what you're saying, but Strikforce has actually been around longer than the UFC.
True and not true depending on the context of the comment. Strikeforce has been around longer than the UFC, yes. Strikeforce was created in 1985, but as a kickboxing organization. They didn't get into MMA until 2006.

So...yes, strikeforce has been around longer, but as a kickboxing organization while UFC has been around longer as an MMA organization. Strikeforce is still relatively new as an MMA promoter.
 

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If Strikeforce wants to become more competitive with the UFC all they have to do is keep doing what they are doing and do it more often. They would benefit from their own version of TUF more than the UFC benefits from TUF.
 
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