TUF 12 Finale draws 2 million viewers, as Strikeforce end-up with 340,000

The television ratings are in from the weekend’s head to head events. The UFC win impressively with 2 million viewers tuning in on Spike to watch The Ultimate Fighter season 12 Finale, although Strikeforce: St. Louis  put up a good fight and managed to draw a respectable 340,000 viewers on Showtime.  

Sergio Non of USAToday.com weighed in on the ratings for the head to head events:

”In Mixed Martial Arts the core demographics of men ages 18 – 34 and 18- 49, the TUF 12 Finale saw 2.3 and 1.9 ratings, compared to 0.81 and 0.9 for StrikeForce. As part of many basic packages offered by cable and satellite TV providers, Spike is available in more than 98 million homes. Showtime, a premium channel that costs an additional fee has about 18 million subscribers.

‘TUF’s show peaked at 2.3 million viewers between 10.15pm and 10.30pm, when Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia went three rounds in a bout packed with enough action to win the Fight of the Night Bonus. Although Garcia was awarded a heavily disputed split-decision.” 

MMAJunkie.com had more on StrikeForce’s numbers: 

”This past weekends StrikeForce: Henderson vs Babalu II event on Showtime peaked with 465,000 viewers for the main event bout between Dan Henderson and Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral.” 

”The numbers were similar to October’s StrikeForce: Diaz vs Noons II event in San Jose, which averaged 350,000 viewers and peaked with 509,000. However, of the organisation’s seven Arena Series shows in 2010, the December 4th event ranked 5th ( but just 26,000 viewers behind the third ranked StrikeForce: Houston card )”

HT: BloodyElbow.com


  1. Avatar of skripnik


    December 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Strikeforce’s card was still better. Only because of all the knockouts.

  2. Avatar of UnderdogGreatness


    December 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I still think Strikeforce’s card was way better than the UFC’s. These numbers are overrated IMO.

  3. Avatar of MMA ADDICT


    December 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    The strikeforce card was much better

  4. Avatar of kinosis79


    December 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Strikeforce was much better, and you have to remember that Spike tv is on in over 5.4 times as many homes as Showtime is. 2.3% of people with Spike tv watched the UFC at it’s peak, 2.5% of people with showtime watched Strikeforce.

  5. Avatar of overhand right

    overhand right

    December 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    well ufc is the mainstream so what can else can you expect? but after a card like that i’d expect strikeforce’s rating to be up by anywhere from 100-200,000 for the next card, depending on who’s fighting of course.

  6. Avatar of UrHype


    December 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    How the hell does anyone know who watched Strikeforce thats bullshit.

  7. Avatar of UrHype


    December 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I dont have showtime and I saw the event, add one more

  8. Avatar of 51JD51


    December 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Lol I’m not sure how numbers can be over rated. It doesn’t matter how good of a card Strikeforce had, they will never be able to compete with the UFC unless they are able to catch the attention of the casual mma fan and that will require a massive marketing campaign which they either can’t afford, or are too stupid to realize they need. Either way the UFC still has no reason to feel threatened by strikeforce, even if every one of their fights ends in a highlight real knockout.

  9. Avatar of 51JD51


    December 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    That means absolutely nothing when it’s all said and done. Nice try with the optimism tho

  10. Avatar of 51JD51


    December 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    It’s the same for UFC ppv’s too, you can never keep a total of all the illegal streams or pirated videos watched after the fact.

  11. Avatar of DeadlyIntentions93


    December 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    This is simply proof of a popularity contest…

  12. Avatar of DeadlyIntentions93


    December 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Its not like people were pumped to see Bonnar vs Pokrajac over Babulu vs Henderson 2 now isit…

  13. Avatar of TarrantulaBdawg420


    December 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    If i had known strikeforce was going to on i would have watched it instead. Unfortunately i didnt even know it was on the same night as TUF 12. Turns out Strikeforces card was much better. Props out too Michael Johnston hes a ****ing dog fighter. Great potential. o and eat your heart out koscheck semtex brings a way better fight to the octagon.

  14. Avatar of kinosis79


    December 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Actually retard, it means lots of people tuned into showtime, a channel you have to pay for, to watch Strikeforce. Get out of here with the hate moron.

  15. Avatar of 51JD51


    December 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Yes and people pay for it because it has programming they enjoy while Spike is on most basic cable packages. Of course if you pay for a channel you’re more likely to watch on of their niche programs than the countless people who have spike tv and don’t care about it. It’s not hate it’s the truth, the strikeforce card was awesome but like I said in the earlier post if they don;’t go on a massive marketing campaign the UFC will eventually consume them (although I’m sure another organization will take their place – their always will be a legitimate #2 organization in north america)

  16. Avatar of Jizzle11


    December 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    ROFL how are these number overrated? That doesn’t even make sense. That’s how many people tuned in. How is that overrated?

  17. Avatar of 51JD51


    December 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    ****one of their niche programs*

  18. Avatar of mmauk


    December 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    only because of the knock outs ? what about the fact Hendo and Daley are way better than any of the guys on the TUF card. TUF was always going to pull in more ratings doe one thing i don’t get is why Strikeforce went into business Showtime and not CBS i’m from the UK so correct if i’m mistaken but isn’t CBS a national TV channel I personally believe if Strikeforce can consistently put on cards on CBS they might be able to catch the UFC. But seeing as they have made their bed with showtime it would be nice to see them put on more cards and breed some new guys too and create their own stars

  19. Avatar of garry_blackbelt


    December 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    strike force was not the best this card! and tuf is for the younger kids looking too wish and dream! some show that is ! lil boys pissing and shooting their loads on peoples food in the house nice! real classy boys!

  20. Avatar of Ryan Ventura

    Ryan Ventura

    December 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    It just goes to show you what the casual fans are really missing out on. Strikeforce had a world class card!

  21. Avatar of Mohawkblue


    December 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Agreed, I was watching both at once STRIKEFORCE was way better!
    Bigger names too!

  22. Avatar of UrHype


    December 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    they dont say how many people saw the fights after they heard it smoked the Fluff finals

  23. Avatar of Zath


    December 9, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Yes, Strikeforce had a great card and great fights… FINALLY! Look at what you’re comparing here, Strikeforce elite names and fighters against low tier UFC fighters and kids who are fighting for a spot in the company. That is like saying the Canadian football league champs are taking on the last place college team. Strikeforce is not a threat to the UFC. If that same Strikeforce card went up against the upcoming UFC GSP vs Koscheck, Strikeforce numbers would be even worse. Not because of the names that Strikeforce has but because of the mainstream success of the UFC. UFC is a name that people recognize. UFC has the reputation for putting up the best fights for their ppv cards even when there isn’t a title at stake.

    I believe that Strikeforce could position themselves better if they had more free fights on CBS, and thus putting their brand out there. Having fights on Showtime does them no justice. Most people have to subscribe to Showtime just to watch those fights and it’s really not worth it.

    One last note, most of the big names on Strikeforces card that had the big drawing power were middle tier fighters in the UFC. I believe that speaks TONS to the level of competition between the two companies.

  24. Avatar of willc09


    December 9, 2010 at 12:30 am

    these figures wouldnt include people watching it in the UK on ESPN for UFC and Bravo (i think) for Strikeforce, would they? foreign channels can make a big difference

  25. Avatar of garry_blackbelt


    December 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

    it was.

  26. Avatar of colktfo


    December 9, 2010 at 1:08 am

    yea one guy was a big name fighting someone with no name practically, while TUF finale had actuall competition

  27. Avatar of krislopez


    December 9, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Hands down StrikeForce was the better fights that night. I want my 3 hours back from the waist of time on UFCs TUF

  28. Avatar of Chief Don

    Chief Don

    December 9, 2010 at 3:55 am

    the SF card was more fun because of the |KO’s
    but then who didn’t see most of them coming as soon as they were signed

    lots of UFC retreads
    tho I was glad to see Dan get a KO after that mess with LNP Shields

    good luck to the UFC selling him to any one
    GSP or Silva will send him back to the preliminaries in short order

  29. Avatar of jackthedrinker89


    December 9, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Strikeforce had a bunch of UFC rejects that had their chin waaaaay beyond tested fighting hard hitters… of coarse it was a good card cuz of the KOs but when was the last time you saw Sobral on a card he didnt get KOd by a legit fighter? And plus this card is being compared to a low ranked card from the UFC….. you really need to look at that before assuming that Strikeforce is becoming better….

  30. Avatar of HunterB


    December 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    wtf are you talking about… retardation at its finest

  31. Avatar of HunterB


    December 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    when he beat Robbie Lawler

  32. Avatar of Rane


    December 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    2 million viewers missed a great f*cking card!

  33. Avatar of TarrantulaBdawg420


    December 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    It’s funny because all of the fighters who got knockouts on the strikeforce event were all former ufc fighters. Paul Daley unfortunately should still be.

  34. Avatar of DeadlyIntentions93


    December 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Every fighter was an ex-UFC fighter besides Antonio Silva.

    Babalu was cut for not letting go of an anaconda choke on David Heath, even though he tapped, unfortunately for Heath he was reported dead only minutes after…

  35. Avatar of Nik_Hulstein


    December 10, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Man 660000 people missed out on a great S-Force events

  36. Avatar of Jamz


    December 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Sobral has beat some great fighter including Sonnen and Shogun Rua. He was 2 fight removed from a championship match when he left UFC.

  37. Avatar of jackthedrinker89


    December 10, 2010 at 9:07 am

    once again legit fighter…. Lawlers chin is pretty much beyond tested to….

  38. Avatar of Drago


    December 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    You guys are comparing a TUF finale with a Strikeforce main event, obviouslly theire both very different. I like the fights in SF but personally were not talking about the same level of talent. Lets break down the fights:

    BENJI “RAZOR” RADACH VS OVINCE ST PREUX – this one sucked, Radach gameplan was cowering and covering up… Ovince isnt a very talented fighter and still he won pretty easlly. None of this fighters would have a place in the UFC.

    ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA VS MIKE “MAK” KYLE – this one was a ridiculous matchup really, we have a big Heavyweight with 280 pounds against a small Light Heavyweight with 210 pounds. Bonnar or Griffin are 225 LHW and they wouldnt fight at Heavyweight. Big Foot got dropped rather easlly which for me questioned his skill a lot…

    PAUL “SEMTEX” DALEY VS SCOTT “HANDS OF STEEL” SMITH – A great and entertaining fight but neither fighter would have a chance to fight for the tittle in the UFC. Daley has great stand up but little grappling (as was shown in the Shark Fights) and Smith is a entertaining fighter but not a top contender, not even close.

    “RUTHLESS” ROBBIE LAWLER VS MATT “THE LAW” LINDLAND – A great Flash KO because 40 year old Lindland tried to exchange with a great striker and brawler. Clearly Lindland was insane on doing that, he could won this by decision if he used his wrestling. Its more fun the way it went for us fans but clearly he made things easy for Robbie who as always showed great hands.

    DAN “HENDO” HENDERSON VS RENATO “BABALU” SOBRAL – Two veterans of the sport collided for a very entertaining fight. It was a great headliner for the fans but again, were talking about two fighters that wouldnt have a great chance in the UFC LHW division, I could name 5 or more fighters that would eat them up and spit them out.

    To conclude, I would like to say it was a great card, very entertaining, but the level of talent cant be by in any way compared with the UFC. If you think im wrong, tell me one of this fighters in the card that would pose a threat for a UFC champion…

  39. Avatar of David.K


    December 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

    antonio silva, could seriously contend for the belt in the ufc, massive of a man, great ground game, solid muay thai, and always getting better, he got dropped by a guy who is very heavy handed, has great boxing, and has plenty of one punch ko’s in his career, the fact that he came back and won the fight showed he can come back from a bad situation and pull of the win.

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