Strikeforce sets new ratings record with Showtime, peaks at 1.1 Million viewersPosted on February 16, 2011, 01:47 AM by Joey Santosus
Last Saturday's Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva event was the promotion's highest rated to date on Showtime, with an average of 741,000 viewers. At its peak, which occurred during the card's headlining match-up between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva, 1.1 million tuned in for the fight.
The numbers surpass Strikeforce's previous records with Showtime, formerly held by their Carano vs. Cyborg event, which took place in August 2009. That show was headlined by Gina Carano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and averaged 576,000 viewers, with a peak of 856,000.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva was held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and featured two of the promotion's Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal match-ups. The first of which saw Sergei Kharitonov knock out Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event attraction, before Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva bested Fedor Emelianenko in the final bout of the night.
The second round of quarterfinal bouts are set to take place April 9th and will feature Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem going head to head with Fabricio Werdum, while Josh Barnett makes his promotional debut against Brett Rogers. Though Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is yet to confirm the event's location, Japan is rumored as the the front-runner.