The preliminary CBS ratings for Strikeforce: "Nashville" are in -- and I don't think anyone from the San Jose fight promotion is going to be breaking out the party hats.
"Saturday Night Fights" averaged 2.63 million viewers for the live network television broadcast and earned an anemic 1.0 rating. To put that number in perspective, Strikeforce was beat by America's Most Wanted and a repeat of Law & Order.
It also fell far short of their CBS debut last November when "Fedor vs. Rogers" drew 3.79 million viewers in the overnight ratings (and later peaked with 5.46 million in the main event).
The final numbers that include the remainder of the Shields vs. Henderson main event as well as the post-fight melee will be available Tuesday.
Here's a snapshot of the quarterly breakdown, courtesy of TV by the Numbers:
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.57 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.55 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)
10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.89 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.52 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)
Because the broadcast ran past the 11:00 p.m. cutoff, there is a chance those numbers could improve when the additional ratings are counted. Unfortunately it does not help that the viewership was already in a decline from 10-10:30 p.m. ET time frame.