It sucks that the better fighters get worse raitings, but thoes numbers do not surprise me. People will watch familiar names.Share Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery Draws 308,000 Viewers
by Nick Thomas on May 18, 2010 4:30 PM EDT in News 96 comments
According to mmajunkie.com:
This past weekend's "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" event, which featured the long-awaited return of heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem to the U.S., drew an average of 308,000 viewers on Showtime.
A two-and-a-half hour special, "UFC's Ultimate Fights," which aired on Spike TV to counter-program the Strikeforce event, drew 894,000 viewers.
Showtime is available in approximately 12 million homes. Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes.
Compared to Strikeforce's most-recent Showtime-broadcast event, January's "Strikeforce: Miami," the numbers were down 40.43 percent from the 517,000 viewers that tuned in to see a pair of title wins by Nick Diaz and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos along with performances by Bobby Lashley and Herschel Walker.
[UPDATE] by Michael Rome: This is close to their average number for non-Gina/Herschel shows. Considering the main event and what went into this card, the numbers are more than acceptable
I wish this card would have been on CBS. See how it would stack up in a fair-er market.