March 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Josh Thomson takes KJ Noons down to the mat during the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
It could be better, and it could be worse. That's a pretty vague statement, but almost everything about Strikeforce is hard to pin down these days and their ratings are no different. Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey averaged 431,000 viewers on Showtime, and peaked at 506,000 for the start of the main event between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
The numbers are a definite improvement over the first SF show of 2012, Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on January 7th, which averaged just 344,000 viewers. And that was on a free preview weekend. Is this a good thing for women's MMA? It could be. The downside is that 431,000 lower than the average of the eight regular SF shows in 2011, and it remains unclear if Strikeforce still has the starpower to maintain high ratings after the contract extension.
The ratings for the undercard on Showtime Extreme aren't available at this time.