Strikeforce: 'Heavy Artillery' Draws 308,000 Viewers, UFC's 'Ultimate Fights' 894,000

But don't let that headline fool you. Spike TV is available in approximately 87 million more homes than Showtime.

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MMA Junkie brings the report:

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This past weekend's "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" event, which featured the long-awaited return of heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem to the U.S., drew an average of 308,000 viewers on Showtime.

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A two-and-a-half hour special, "UFC's Ultimate Fights," which aired on Spike TV to counter-program the Strikeforce event, drew 894,000 viewers.

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Compared to Strikeforce's most-recent Showtime-broadcast event, January's "Strikeforce: Miami," the numbers were down 40.43 percent from the 517,000 viewers that tuned in to see a pair of title wins by Nick Diaz and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos along with performances by Bobby Lashley and Herschel Walker.

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And don't make the mistake of comparing these numbers to Strikeforce's last event in January where Herschel Walker made his MMA debut and brought a heck of a lot of mainstream media attention with him.

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This event was in line however with the Strikeforce: "Evolution" card that took place last December which drew 341,000 viewers. 

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All in all not a bad effort.

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