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8/18/09 12:31 PM
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As expected Spike TV's replay of a UFC 100 pay-per-view event outdrew the live broadcast of "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" on Showtime this past weekend.

Spike TV, a basic cable station, is available in 98 million homes. Showtime, a premium cable station, has approximately 15 million paying subscribers.

"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" drew an average audience of 576,000 viewers. The UFC replay drew nearly four times that with two million viewers.

Strikeforce's Aug. 15 event was one of the biggest shows in the promotion's history and featured the long-awaited Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Gina Carano title fight. As with other competitors, the UFC and Spike TV ultimately decided to counter-program the broadcast.

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8/18/09 12:36 PM
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Moth2Flame - If this fight was on CBS it would've drawn 3million viewers easily.

Nobody I know subscribes to Showtime.
SPike TV is free so no surprises there.
8/18/09 12:37 PM
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Moth2Flame - If this fight was on CBS it would've drawn 3million viewers easily.

Nobody I know subscribes to Showtime.
SPike TV is free so no surprises there.

You're right. their first show on CBS DID do that.
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 600K is still pretty damn respectable.

I'm just shocked there were 2.6 million people watching MMA at the same time. 

We've come pretty far pretty quick.
8/18/09 12:40 PM
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It's damn tough to compare when Spike has 80% more available viewes simply because they're free, and Showtime is a premiim pay network (that frankly has the shitties movies of all the bigs)
8/18/09 12:42 PM
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most people now just have hbo and dont have the 'full' package with showtime
8/18/09 12:43 PM
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 Good numbers.
8/18/09 12:44 PM
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Well, well, well...
8/18/09 12:45 PM
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 What were the CBS numbers for Lawler/Smith II?
8/18/09 12:53 PM
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apples to organges comparing Spike to Showtime. anyone who knows a little about the TV world understands this. the important number is the viewership divided by available viewers.

Strikeforce drew 3% of its available viewers.
UFC drew 2% of its availabe viewers.

BOTH did well.
8/18/09 1:00 PM
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I knew she would beat Kimbo
8/18/09 1:01 PM
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PatrickFreitas - apples to organges comparing Spike to Showtime. anyone who knows a little about the TV world understands this. the important number is the viewership divided by available viewers.

Strikeforce drew 3% of its available viewers.
UFC drew 2% of its availabe viewers.

BOTH did well.


Dont try and use logic, that doesnt work around here

UFC blew them away, BOOM! YOU GUNNA GET KNOCKED OUT!
8/18/09 1:02 PM
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I think Showtime is pretty happy
8/18/09 1:05 PM
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 great numbers IMO
8/18/09 1:06 PM
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Hopefully the executives will take the right message from this.

Mousasi needs to fight on CBS.
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PatrickFreitas - apples to organges comparing Spike to Showtime. anyone who knows a little about the TV world understands this. the important number is the viewership divided by available viewers.

Strikeforce drew 3% of its available viewers.
UFC drew 2% of its availabe viewers.

BOTH did well.

 This. Good math...
8/18/09 1:24 PM
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I subscribe to showtime just for strikeforce
8/18/09 1:44 PM
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Strikeforce drew around 3.7 % while UFC was less than 2% just being fair here...lol
8/18/09 2:20 PM
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PatrickFreitas - apples to organges comparing Spike to Showtime. anyone who knows a little about the TV world understands this. the important number is the viewership divided by available viewers.

Strikeforce drew 3% of its available viewers.
UFC drew 2% of its availabe viewers.

BOTH did well.


Dont try and use logic, that doesnt work around here

UFC blew them away, BOOM! YOU GUNNA GET KNOCKED OUT!


lol.

Joking aside, im pretty happy that Strikeforce pulled some decent numbers.

I hope they stick around.
8/18/09 2:30 PM
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P Ness - Damn, UFC OWNED SF


Actually, this was a HUGE success for Strikeforce and Showtime.

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/8/18/993662/strikeforce-draws-average-of-576k
8/18/09 3:05 PM
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www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/8/18/993662/strikeforce-draws-average-of-576k  

MMAJunkie has the scoop on the Showtime ratings for the Strikeforce: Gina vs Cyborg event in San Jose.

"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" drew an average audience of 576,000 viewers. The UFC replay drew nearly four times that with two million total viewers, Spike TV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Strikeforce's Aug. 15 event was one of the biggest shows in the promotion's history and featured the long-awaited Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Gina Carano title fight. As with other competitors, the UFC and Spike TV ultimately decided to counter-program the broadcast.

Strikeforce's event averaged 576,000 viewers (and peaked with 856,000 for the night's main event at midnight). UFC 100 averaged two million viewers, and it's 1.8 rating (513,000 viewers) was the highest-rated program in the male-18-34 demographic during its timeslot.

Anything over 400K-500K would be considered a success for showtime, and it certainly did not dissapoint.  It would be the ideal situation for both Strikeforce and Showtime to build Gina back up and schedule a re-match on CBS. Showtime, CBS, and Strikeforce will be discussing their CBS appearance within the next few weeks, and the odds of a CBS show just got a lot better based on the success of this event. 

 

More after the jump...

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For comparisons, here are the top rated MMA shows on Showtime before Saturday's big event:

1) Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott: 511,000 viewers

2) Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni: 365,000 viewers

3) Shamrock vs Diaz: 364,000 viewers

4) EliteXC Return of the King: 350,000 viewers

5) Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le: less than 300,000.


856,000 for the night's main event ! Very nice
8/18/09 3:22 PM
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Mad Xyientist -  600K is still pretty damn respectable.
8/18/09 3:27 PM
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story97 - It's damn tough to compare when Spike has 80% more available viewes simply because they're free, and Showtime is a premiim pay network (that frankly has the shitties movies of all the bigs)


wow your math sucks
8/18/09 3:36 PM
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PatrickFreitas - apples to organges comparing Spike to Showtime. anyone who knows a little about the TV world understands this. the important number is the viewership divided by available viewers.

Strikeforce drew 3% of its available viewers.
UFC drew 2% of its availabe viewers.

BOTH did well.

 This. Good math...


Actually I don't think the most important comparison is percentages of available viewers. The most important comparison is live vs rerun.

Also, I don't think that the UFC rerun really stole any viewers from SF. I would think that almost 100% of the people that watched SF had already seen UFC 100. Those people were probably going to watch SF regardless of what UFC did on Spike unless it was a live event.
8/18/09 3:51 PM
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PatrickFreitas - apples to organges comparing Spike to Showtime. anyone who knows a little about the TV world understands this. the important number is the viewership divided by available viewers.

Strikeforce drew 3% of its available viewers.
UFC drew 2% of its availabe viewers.

BOTH did well.

 This. Good math...


Actually I don't think the most important comparison is percentages of available viewers. The most important comparison is live vs rerun.

i know what you're trying to say, but UFC100 on SpikeTV was technically NOT a rerun.

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