105/Spike tops Strikeforce/CBS among men 18-45

by Dann Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com

The past weekend's Spike TV broadcast of "UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera" scored an average audience of 2.9 million viewers and peaked with 3.7 million for the headliner between Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, the cable station today announced.

Although the broadcast topped the Nov. 7 "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers" event "in every key male demo," according to Spike TV, the CBS-Strikeforce broadcast topped the UFC's audience overall with an average of 4.04 million viewers and a peak of 5.46 million.

However, according to Spike TV, UFC 105 topped the Fedor Emelianenko-headlined card among men 18-34, 18-24, 25-34 and 18-49 by demo-specific margins of 16 percent to 73 percent.

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inf0 site profile image  

11/18/09 8:13 PM by inf0

Too bad the show itself was 100x better @ Strikeforce... Hell I've heard from people that don't even follow MMA that the Fedor fight was fucking amazing and they can't wait to see him fight again... and in the same breath tell me how much 105 sucked...


11/18/09 8:06 PM by K-Dub-"T"

 lol... wait so they're comparing an event a week later to the ass kicking they received with their "countr programming...... by bringing up an overseas show after the fact? LMMFAO!!!!!

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11/18/09 7:36 PM by bhale3

Spike is a cable channel, CBS is free. Hellooooooo.I think a UFC show on free TV would have shocking numbers, don't you?Also, I don't think too many people (casual fans) were pumped for Couture/Vera, Bisping/Kang, or Hardy/Swick. It probably wouldn't have done much better without the boxing.

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11/18/09 7:27 PM by smoogy

Last numbered show on Spike was UFC 95, which averaged 2 million viewers and peaked at 3 million for Sanchez vs. Stevenson

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11/18/09 7:22 PM by MMASuPreMaCy

Most-Watched Individual Fights on November 7 Event "Strikeforce/M-1 Global Saturday Night Fights"Based on Average Number of Viewers using Minute-by-Minute Ratings1. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers: 5.467 million viewers2. Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller: 4.381 million viewers3. Gegard Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou: 3.952 million viewers4. Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Silva: 3.704 million viewers

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11/18/09 7:19 PM by MMASuPreMaCy

1. EliteXC on CBS (5/31/2008): Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson--- 7.281 million viewers (Aired from 11:27 PM to 11:40 PM)2. UFC on Spike TV (10/10/2006): Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock--- 6.524 million viewers (Aired from 9:42 PM to 9:45 PM)3. EliteXC on CBS (10/4/08): Seth Petruzelli vs. Kimbo Slice--- 6.451 million viewers (Aired from 11:08 PM to 11:08 PM)4. EliteXC on CBS (5/31/2008): Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith--- 5.867 million viewers (Aired from 10.39 PM to 10:57 PM)5. UFC on Spike TV (9/8/2007): Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson--- 5.811 million viewers (Aired from 11:29 PM to 12:03 AM)6. EliteXC on CBS (5/31/2008): Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young--- 5.508 million viewers (Aired from 10:09 PM to 10:17 PM)7. UFC on Spike TV (9/8/2007): Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill--- 5.475 million viewers (Aired from 10:41 PM to 11:06 PM)8. EliteXC on CBS (10/4/08): Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley--- 5.338 million viewers (Aired from 10:34 PM to 10:44 PM)9. EliteXC on CBS (10/4/08): Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobold--- 5.171 million viewers (Aired from 9:45 PM to 9:59 PM)10. EliteXC on CBS (10/4/08): Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson--- 5.154 million viewers (Aired from 10:12 PM to 10:20 PM)11. UFC on Spike TV (10/10/2006): Kendall Grove vs. Chris Price--- 5.100 million viewers (Aired from 9:13 PM to 9:17 PM)12. UFC on Spike TV (9/8/2007): Cheick Kongo vs. Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic--- 5.098 million viewers (Aired from 9:58 PM to 10:24 PM)13. UFC on Spike TV (9/8/2007): Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor--- 5.023 million viewers (Aired from 9:35 PM to 9:39 PM)14. UFC on Spike TV (7/19/2008): Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin--- 4.795 million viewers (Aired from 11:38 PM to 11:38 PM)15. EliteXC on CBS (5/31/2008): Joey Villasenor vs. Phil Baroni--- 4.348 million viewers (Aired from 9:47 PM to 9:48 PM)16. UFC on Spike TV (10/10/2006): Jason MacDonald vs. Ed Herman--- 4.297 millon viewers (Aired from 8:44 PM to 8:47 PM)17. UFC on Spike TV (9/8/2007): Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara--- 4.204 million viewers (Aired from 9:13 PM to 9:14 PM)18. UFC on Spike TV (10/10/2006): Matt Hamill vs. Seth Petruzelli--- 4.007 million viewers (Aired from 8:09 PM to 8:28 PM)19. UFC on Spike TV (7/19/2008): Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy--- 3.847 million viewers (Aired from 10:58 PM to 11:19 PM)20. EliteXC on CBS (5/31/2008): Brett Rogers vs. Jon Murphy--- 3.824 million viewers (Aired from 9:26 PM to 9:27 PM)UFC 105: 1.9 HH, Average 2.9 mill, peak 3.7 mill.Strikeforce/CBS: 2.5 HH, Average 4.04 mill, peak 5.46 mill.

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11/18/09 7:12 PM by PatrickFreitas

How does 105 compare to other UFC events on Spike? Comparing Spike to CBS is apples to oranges.

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11/18/09 7:10 PM by MMASuPreMaCy

It wasn't 2 million for Pac-Man vs Cotto. It was around 1.4 million, not to mention that those scenarios are impossible to compare, given brand strength, exposure to the fan base, etc.

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11/18/09 7:09 PM by smoogy

Pretty disappointing figures for 105. They are always expected to be strong in the young male demos, but the overall average is pretty mediocre, and the peak viewership for the Couture vs. Vera fight has to be seen as a letdown. To put it in perspective, Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock III attracted two million more viewers... and that was over three years ago.