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“Shamrock vs. Diaz” Pulls in 364k Viewers, Which Is Good News, Apparently


(Cheer up buddy, that’s like one viewer for every dollar you made! Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

According to new viewership figures dug up by FightTicker, Showtime’s broadcast of "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" pulled in 364,000 average viewers on Saturday night, for an average rating of 0.64. While that may sound piss-poor, considering the UFC drew 1.9 million viewers (and an avg. rating of 1.4) for their replay of UFC 94 on Spike TV the same night, there is a silver lining.

First off, that 364,000 figure makes "Shamrock vs. Diaz" the third most-watched MMA event in Showtime history, putting it just behind Strikeforce’s "Shamrock vs. Baroni" event in June 2007 (which hangs on to its #2 spot with 365,000 viewers) and the Kimbo Slice-headlined "EliteXC: Street Certified" in February 2008 (which scored 511,000 viewers). Plus, you have to take into consideration the fact that Spike TV is available in six times as many homes as Showtime. And still, Strikeforce’s 1.53 rating among men aged 18-34 actually beat UFC 94′s rating in that category (1.3).

I’m not an expert in this stuff, but that seems like a decent starting point for Strikeforce 2.0. No, they’re not ready to throw together pay-per-view events, but they managed to make a good showing with a card headlined by a non-title fight involving one guy who was coming off a loss. The event itself was entertaining enough to hook most viewers into coming back for the next installment. Can June’s "Lawler vs. Shields" show keep the momentum rolling — or will it be a ratings disappointment without a big name like "Shamrock" to draw casual viewers?

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Aaron- April 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm
Good show. The hexagon is just as cool.
tree_choppa- April 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Strikeforce did everything right for this event and the fights did not disappoint. I bought group tickets (10 + 2 free when you buy group tix) and they averaged out to about $40 a piece which aint bad. And the seats weren't shitty by any means, they were actually pretty good especially for $40 bucks. I had only been to one other MMA event (UFC 65 I think it was, at Arco Arena) and paid WAY more for tickets that weren't nearly as good. I hope Strikeforce is here to stay and will land some other big name fighters for future events. I'm definately looking forward to future Strikeforce events. Great job guys.
The Greg- April 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm
I was happy to subscribe to showtime for this card. I actually think it was more enjoyable than the UFC's offering next weekend. Love watching Diaz, Scott Smith's fight with Radach was way more interesting than I planned, and Gil's fight was good. I'm happy I suscribed, and I'll get some good nights out of it for less than what I would pay for one UFC PPV. Besides the big strikeforce shows, they are also having the occasional pee-on show not unlike what they did with shoXC. Not bad at all.....
K.E.G.- April 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm
I agree. This was an entertaining card but I could've gone without the Cyborg fight. I mean I'm all for womans MMA as long as it involves Gina or an equaly attractive big breasted female fighter.

Oh and Franks braces are realy creepy and it should be illegal.
ButterPantsAreSlippery- April 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm
One thing you have to consider is Showtime is a premium cable channel. Showtime being 2nd best behind HBO those are good numbers. So people who pay for the channel tuned in. Not bad at all. What would UFC numbers be if people had to pay for Spike?
pierre larouche- April 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm
This event was more entertaining than the majority of the recent UFC offerings.

Just because you know a fighter when he was being teabagged on TV doesnt make him more entertaining.
Hell, the last Elite card was entertaining even with a joke of a main event.

Believe it or not, other organizations know how to put on a fight too.

With Big John in there, there was no difference in the ring.
caps lock hal- April 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm
hey check me out i'm not typing in caps and btw i'm gay
CJ>CP- April 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm
I thought this card was more entertaining then most UFC cards and this was free to me since I have showtime! So suck it dry Dana White!
Anonymous- April 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm
hopefully they fix it by banning your ip from posting or something..
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm
THIS FUCKING BULLSHIT OF ACTING AS IF YOU MOTHER FUCKERS ARE ME BY USING MY NAME IS GONNA HAVE TO STOP. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER THAT WILL BE FIXED SOON I HOPE. YOU DUMB COCK SUCKERS CAN'T JUST BE YOURSELF CAN YOU. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EVERYBODY WANT TO TRY AND MAKE A FOOL OF ME BUT THAT SHIT JUST AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. IT IS YOU PEOPLE WITH ALL OF YOUR (I DON'T HAVE A FUCKING CLUE) KNOWLEDGE OF MMA. YOU STUPID ASS GOONS DON'T HAVE A FUCKIN CLUE ABOUT ANYTHING YOU TALK ABOUT ON HERE. YOU GET ON HERE, AND YACK ABOUT SHIT THAT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL. TAKE THAT DUMB STUPID BASTARD MY FIGHT WIFFA CHEETO FOR EXAMPLE. THE DUMB FUCK IS TALKING ABOUT FRANKS BRACES. FOR GOD SAKE GIVE ME A FREAKIN BRAKE. WHO GIVE A FAT FUCK IF AN ADULT HAS BRACES. SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU FUCKING MORONS. YOU PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO BE THE DUMBEST SON OF A BITCHES I'VE EVER SEEN. BEFORE I FORGET, WHO THE FUCK IS THIS TUFGUY THAT YOU FUCKING IDIOTS KEEP BRINGING UP. SOUNDS LIKE YOU FAGGOTS HAVE A FETISH WITH THIS CLOWN. EITHER KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOUR TALKING ABOUT, AND BE YOURSELF WHILE DOING IT OR JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP, AND SAY NOTHING AT ALL.
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm
I LIKE TO SUCK COCK! I LIKE TO EAT SHIT FROM YOUR ASS! PLEASE SHIT ALL OVER MY FACE AND I WILL LICK IT UP! I WANT YOU TO FUCK MY MOUTH WITH YOUR COCK AND FUCK MY ASS HARD!!!
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm
I THOUGHT I'D LET ALL YOU STUPID MOTHER FUCKERS KNOW THAT STRIKEFORCE REELED IN 364,000 VIEWERS. HOW DA YA LIKE ME NOW COCK SUCKERS.
Biohazardone- April 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm
Numero tres PERROS!!!!!
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm
Frank's braces freak me out... An adult with braces should be illegal.
Bovice- April 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm
It's good to see Strikeforce doing decent. Wasn't Strikeforce also one of the only companies Dana White DIDN'T bash?
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