Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Noons 2 event on Showtime pulled in an average of 350,000 viewers on it’s first-run.
That leaves the show 4th in the six ‘arena’ shows that Strikeforce have hosted in 2010, up 42,000 from the ‘Heavy Artillery’ show headlined by Alistair Overeem Vs Brett Rogers in May, but down 167,000 from the year’s high point so far at Strikeforce: Miami headlined by Diaz Vs Zaromskis in January which was backed up by a strong supporting cast including Hershel Walker and Bobby Lashley.
Strikeforce ‘Arena’ Events In 2010 (Average Viewing Figures)
- 517,000 viewers, “Strikeforce: Miami” (January)
- 412,000 viewers, “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” (June)
- 367,000 viewers, “Strikeforce: Houston” (August)
- 350,000 viewers, “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2” (October)
- 308,000 viewers, “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” (May)
- 164,000 viewers, “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” (June)
The good news for Saturday night’s show was that viewing figures spiked significantly for the main event though, a grudge rematch between welterweight champion Nick Diaz and KJ Noons, peaking at 509,000 viewers.
That’s up 39,000 from the peak rating seen at Strikeforce’s last event in Houston in August.
Overall the figures make reasonable sense. Diaz Vs Noons was a solid main event that caught fans attention, but the rest of the main card, which was made up with fighters promoted from the ‘Challengers’ series like Sarah Kaufman, Tyron Woodley and Andre Galvao along with new signing JZ Cavalcante are not yet able to draw the same level of interest as some of the promotion’s more established stars to help boost the overall ratings average.
The promotion now look ahead to their next major show on December 4th which has a strong line-up including the return of Dan Henderson against ‘Babalu’ Sobral, Paul Daley’s debut against Scott Smith, and the inclusion of guaranteed ratings booster Herschel Walker, and should give them a chance to end the year on a high.