The ratings for Saturday’s second installment of EliteXC Saturday Night Fights were down by 1.68 million viewers compared to the May 31st debut edition featuring Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano, according to TV by the Numbers:
And there really still isnâ€™t much to say except for this: EliteXC Saturday Night Fights without any buzz surrounding Kimbo Slice performed much worse without Kimbo than it did with him. CBS initial foray into MMA didnâ€™t draw a slew of viewers but at least performed well in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos.
That airing back on May 31, 2008 scored 4.3 million viewers and a 1.9/6 among 18-49 year olds and since the Kimbo Slice bout for that airing aired past primetime (11p) the most viewed portion wasnâ€™t included. But lacking any Kimbo anticipation, last nightâ€™s fights pulled a mere 2.62 million and a 1.0/3 from 9pm-11pm.
The ratings drop was anticipated as Saturday’s card failed to feature the promotion’s top draws in Slice and Carano but look for the ratings to return to the 4 million range in October when both fighters return to action on CBS.