The TV ratings on CBS for the Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Rogers card are now starting to filter through. According to tvbythenumbers.com the show averaged 3.79 million viewers during primetime (9pm-11pm).
The site also notes that the show claimed, “a 1.7/6 rating share with adults 18-49. It did win the 10pm-11pm hour with adults 18-49 and had better results with men 18-34 where it won every half hour.”
Of course the main event of the evening between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will have drawn the largest number of viewers, and the information for the time slot between 11pm to 12pm when this fight took place will not be announced until Tuesday (Edit: See the final figures HERE).
How does this rating compare with CBS’s previous events with EliteXC?
First EliteXC on CBS: Averaged 4.85 million viewers
Second EliteXC on CBS: Averaged 2.57 million
Third EliteXC on CBS: Averaged 4.56 million
First Strikeforce Event on CBS: Averaged 3.79 million viewers (remember: does not yet include the ratings for the main event!)
Let’s compare the viewing figures for every half hour between the Strikeforce event and the first EliteXC event:
Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Rogers CBS TV Ratings (Nov.2009):
- 9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 3.50 million
- 9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 3.53 million
- 10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 4.12 million
- 10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 4.01 million
EliteXC: Kimbo Slice Vs James Thompson CBS TV Ratings (May 2008):
- 9 PM – Viewers: 3.38m
- 9:30 PM – Viewers: 3.66m
- 10 PM – Viewers: 4.68m
- 10:30 PM – Viewers: 5.53m
- 11 PM – Viewers: 5.84m
- 11:30 PM – Viewers: 6.51m
It certainly looks like it won’t surpass the figures seen on that night, but it was not expected to. Fedor is a major star within the mixed martial arts community, but is not the sports top draw and does not have the crossover appeal of someone like Kimbo Slice (few, if any fighters do).
It does however already comfortably surpass the average of 2.5 million viewers who tuned in to see the weakest of EliteXC’s CBS cards, headlined by Robbie Lawler Vs Scott Smith, and that will be a relief to all involved.
All things considered this so far would appear to be a solid first outing for the Strikeforce promotion on CBS.