Its Official, EliteXC-CBS Ratings A Hit On Saturday Night

cbs saturday night fights

6.12 Million Viewers, Kimbo + TV = big number of viewers.

CBS Press Release:

Ratings for the final 51 minutes of CBS’s inaugural CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS mixed martial arts broadcast (11:00-11:51 PM, ET/PT), which were unavailable Sunday, delivered an average audience of 6.12 million viewers, according to updated Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 31.

The audience peaked at 6.51 million viewers from 11:30-11:51 PM which featured the night’s main event – Kimbo Slice’s victory over James Thompson.

Among key men demographics, the broadcast peaked from 11:30-11:51 PM with a 4.1 rating in men 18-34, 4.0 rating in men 18-49 and 4.3 rating in men 25-54.

The addition of the final 51 minutes lifted ratings for the entire broadcast. CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (S) (9:00-11:51 PM) delivered a 3.0/06 with 4.85 million viewers, 2.2/07 in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, 2.3/09 in adults 18-34, 3.1/09 in men 25-54, 3.0/10 in men 18-49 and 3.2/12 in men 18-34. In the 9:00-11:00 PM time slot, CBS was first in the adults and men demographics, second in both households and viewers.

Compared to CBS’s 9:00-11:00 PM regularly scheduled programming on Saturday during the 2007-08 season, CBS was up +16% in adults 25-54 (from 1.9/05), +57% in adults 18-49 (from 1.4/04), +156% in adults 18-34 (from 0.9/03), +121% in men 25-54 (from 1.4/04), +173% in men 18-49 (from 1.1/03) and +357% in men 18-34 (from 0.7/03).

CBS also saw half-hour gains in viewers, adult and men demographics throughout the broadcast.


  1. Onri

    June 3, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Not the best show I've seen but I'm glad it did MMA good.

  2. dane drebin

    June 3, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    it was like a really bad car crash… you just couldnt look away lol

  3. John

    June 3, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Horrible, it did not do MMA good, it was the biggest load of trash.

  4. tom

    June 4, 2008 at 12:01 am

    6.12 million wow thats great for the sport

  5. Scooby Doo

    June 4, 2008 at 12:39 am

    It was good for me, I didn't waste 44.95 on ppv.

  6. kom34

    June 4, 2008 at 9:04 am

    exactly. i didn't have to spend money for it. new mma fans got a taste of mma.

    the only downside was the reffing that was probably influenced so that not much blood or injury were seen on public television. lawler and smith almost had a historic fight…almost.

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