Saturday’s CBS-televised “Strikeforce: Nashville” event, which featured three title fights, including a main event between middleweight champ Jake Shields and Dan Henderson, drew 2.63 million viewers in it’s 9-11pm timeslot, according to overnight TV ratings.
The figure marks a 30% drop from the 3.79 million who tuned in to Strikeforce’s CBS debut in November which was headlined by top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers.
Overall ratings for “Strikeforce: Nashville” may edge up slightly once final ratings are released, as the event easily ran past it’s timeslot with all three five-round fights going the distance.
Shields vs. Henderson started just after 11pm and ran until after 11:30pm, when Shields was announced as the unanimous decision winner and a post-fight brawl followed.
Strikeforce: Nashville also featured lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez retaining his title over Shinya Aoki and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal winning the light heavyweight title from Gegard Mousasi.
Pictured: Dan Henderson and Jake Shields