Strikeforce ratings barely beat Bellator's

source: The Underground

Both Bellator and the Zuffa-owned Strikeforce held events on Saturday.

Strikeforce held its Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finals, televised on Showtime, with an official payout of nearly $1,000,000 in fighter purses. According to MMAJunkie, Strikeforce’s Showtime broadcasts have averaged 453,000 viewers. Further, the first two grand prix events averaged 628,500 viewers, and were the top-rated broadcasts in Strikeforce-Showtime history.

Thus it was a stunner on Saturday when the show drew just 274,000 viewers, the second worst major Strikeforce event performance since the Showtime deal began.

King Mo commented on the spectators. “The turnout tonight was bad, man. The only people that we here tonight and cheering were Daniel Cormier and I’s friends. They were associates, teammates and people that came in from Texas and Louisiana to support us. You could hear them cheering for us, but other than that? I don’t know man ... It was sad. There was like, what? Two-thousand people there? ... I thought Strikeforce was a cancer patient, Man, it's a damn AIDS patient."

The Bellator 49 event on MTV2, which kicked off the organization's season-five welterweight tournament, drew 235,000 viewers. An immediate MTV2 replay drew 153,000 viewers.

With numbers like that, Bellator is expected step up from MTV2 to Spike.

But with numbers like Strikeforce's, and the lack of a champion at welterweight, at light heavyweight, and at heavyweight, it appears that King Mo is right - Strikeforce is terminally ill as an international, or even national promotion.


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Authority Figure site profile image  

9/14/11 2:37 PM by Authority Figure

This whole thing makes Coker look really weak. He already looked shook when he was running his company, now he seems silly. He's still got a monetary stake in the thing. He could at least open his mouth and say "well, its not what we planned so I'm a little bummed."

un3rgr0und site profile image  

9/14/11 2:30 PM by un3rgr0und

"MTV2 is not on basic cable. It's actually cheaper to get Showtime in my area of CT."Thats news to me

Wasa-B site profile image  

9/14/11 2:17 PM by Wasa-B

May be unfortunate but as music and movies and TV show, the best usu doesnt get the best ratings.

Crooklyn site profile image  

9/14/11 2:12 PM by Crooklyn

UG News "editor" is terrible at his job.

Tomato Can site profile image  

9/14/11 1:41 PM by Tomato Can

Please, you call me a "ZZ spinmeister" in your first post on this thread, and now you want to "discuss this like an adult" after having your complete ignorance exposed? Fuck off, dipshit.

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9/14/11 1:00 PM by FixedPartialArts

You're resorting to name calling in lieu of argument. Discuss this like an adult.As far as meaning it would have been in more households than Showtime, I was aware of that, which is why I pointed out it's included in a group, where Epix would get a fraction of the action. I'm pretty sure Starz was attached to other subscription channels in its infancy. You can order Showtime individually where they'd get all the action. Epix might not be in 30 million households but it's obviously in a lot more than the 4 it was less than half the way through it's lifetime.

Tomato Can site profile image  

9/14/11 12:44 PM by Tomato Can

Stop being such a nimrod and think about this for a minute. Even Showtime only has 20 million subscribers. You think Epix has 50% more subscribers than Showtime despite existing for less than 2 years and being completely unavailable to people with DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner, or Cablevision service?30 million is the number of households that HAVE THE ABILITY to subscribe.

Doc T site profile image  

9/14/11 12:38 PM by Doc T

This isn't including streams !

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

9/14/11 12:23 PM by FixedPartialArts

I don't know it. Every updated story that I've read claimed it was in 30+ million homes. Show me an updated one which said 4 million. They had that many subscribers over a year ago. The station wasn't even a year old at that point. It's grown since then. To my knowledge you don't subscribe to it individually, but rather part of a tier. It hasn't attained enough of a name to subscribe to it individually.

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9/14/11 12:16 PM by Tomato Can

Uh, no. My comeback is that you completely overstated Epix's reach, and you know it.You saying "Epix is carried in 30 million homes" and then calling someone else a "spinmeister" in the same post is fucking hysterical.