When the average viewing figures for last weekend’s Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery event were announced they were met with a largely underwhelmed response.

308,000 viewers were reported to have tuned in for the Showtime broadcast, making it one of the least watched events from the promotion to date despite what appeared to be a solid televised card.

That led to some concerns over the promotions performance on the station, but today a source at Showtime source offered additional information to the MMAjunkie site which offered a more complete picture of the ratings.

This showed that the broadcast peaked with 448,000 viewers for the main event between Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers.

That’s a more encouraging figure, especially since a potential match-up between Overeem Vs Fedor Emelianenko is one that Strikeforce will consider the current jewel in their crown heading into the second half of 2010.

That fight could end up being an important bargaining chip as they look to convince CBS to get on-board for a third live event on their network later this year.

They already know that Fedor is a draw after his appearance on the first Strikeforce CBS event, but being able to show evidence that Overeem can also generate additional interest is certainly beneficial for them.