On Sunday night the overnight figures for Strikeforce’s second outing on the CBS network indicated that the event had failed to live up to expectations.  Today’s final ratings confirm that is indeed the case, with an average of just 2.9 million viewers tuning in for the event.

That number falls over a million short of the 4.04 million who tuned in to see the Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Rogers event last year.  Compared to the other MMA events that have aired on CBS in the past, the Nashville event placed just fourth out of five shows as can be seen below.

MMA On CBS (Average Ratings Ranked From Highest To Lowest):

  1. First EliteXC on CBS (May 2008): Averaged 4.85 million viewers
  2. Third EliteXC on CBS (October 2008): Averaged 4.56 million
  3. Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Rogers On CBS (November 2009): Averaged 4.042 million
  4. Strikeforce Nashville (April 2010): Averaged 2.9 million
  5. Second EliteXC on CBS (July 2008): Averaged 2.57 million

The numbers are a body-blow for Strikeforce, coming off the back of a lackluster night of fights capped off by a brawl inside the cage at the end of the headline bout.  The promotion must now anxiously await to see whether CBS are in this for the long haul, or will now give up on attempting to deliver their product onto mainstream network television.

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