Strikeforce ratings for 'Fedor vs Silva' break Showtime record with 1.1 million peak

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Strikeforce ratings for 'Fedor vs. Silva' are now official and "Bigfoot" wasn't the only winner in last Saturday night's (Feb. 12) main event in East Rutherford, NJ.

According to Heavy.com, the Showtime network set a ratings record for the opening round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament with an average of 741,000 viewers and a main event peak of 1.1 million, a mark that easily surpasses "Carano vs. Cyborg," which took in a then-best 576,000 average and 856,000 peak.

"Fedor vs. Silva" also featured a co-main event between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski in a losing effort against hard-hitting Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov.

Showtime is a premium subscription service currently available in approximately 18 million homes.

After nearly ten years on top of mixed martial arts' heavyweight mountain, Fedor Emelianenko suffered his second straight loss under the Strikeforce banner with a second round technical knockout stoppage at the hands of Brazilian "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva in the quarterfinals of last Saturday night's heavyweight grand prix.

Following the Russian's shocking defeat, Emelianenko hinted at hanging up the gloves for good. But when you command the kind of ratings "The Last Emperor" does, don't be surprised to see a few Showtime execs blocking the door on his way out.

For complete results and coverage of Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Silva" click here and here.

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