Strikeforce HWGP Semifinals Draws 274K Viewers on Showtime

By Mike Whitman Sep 13, 2011
Strikeforce ratings dropped sharply on Saturday night, as the promotion’s Showtime-televised heavyweight grand prix semifinals drew an average of 274,000 viewers.

Sherdog.com obtained the figure Tuesday from an industry source who also confirmed that the program, which aired from 10:35 p.m. to 12:55 a.m. ET, earned demographic ratings of 1.04 and 1.17 in the coveted Male 18-49 and M18-35 categories, respectively.

News of the ratings stumble comes on the heels of a strong Strikeforce showing in July, which saw the promotion earn 571,000 viewers for its Showtime broadcast of “Fedor vs. Henderson.” Comparatively, Strikeforce’s most recent offering is down 52 percent in average viewership. The 274,000 average viewers mark the second-smallest television audience in the promotion’s history on Showtime. Only Strikeforce’s “Los Angeles” in June 2010 ranked lower with 164,000 viewers.

Featuring both heavyweight grand prix semifinals, the event emanated from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. In the first featured semifinal contest, Daniel Cormier outstruck Antonio Silva, dissecting his larger opponent en route to a first-round knockout. Josh Barnett also earned a finals berth in impressive fashion on Saturday, as “The Warmaster” took down Sergei Kharitonov and locked up an arm-triangle choke to seal the deal in the first frame. The heavyweight grand prix final is expected to go down sometime in early 2012.

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