The preliminary numbers for this weekend’s “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” event on CBS aren’t bad, but they didn’t catch “EliteXC: Primetime,” which featured street fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. The ratings are preliminary and don’t include anything that happened after 11PM, which happens to be right when the main event started.
Clearly, Strikeforce’s ratings will get a boost when the 11PM time slot numbers come back, which should be later today.
Below is a comparison of how Kimbo Slice’s CBS show fared against Fedor’s Strikeforce debut:
EliteXC: Primetime Ratings
9 p.m. – Viewers: 3.38m
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 3.66m
10 p.m. – Viewers: 4.68m
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 5.53m
11 p.m. – Viewers: 5.84m
11:30 p.m. – Viewers: 6.51m
Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Rogers Preliminary Ratings
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
* Fedor vs. Rogers main event began after 11 p.m.
As you can see in the “EliteXC: Primetime” ratings, 11:30PM was the show’s highest mark which was when Kimbo took the stage against James Thompson. Expect a similar spike when the final “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” ratings come in.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad evening for Strikeforce or CBS, as they did beat ABC’s College Football ratings on Saturday night.