This has not been a good week for EliteXC. Everyone is still spazzing about the 40% drop in ratings from their first show to last weekends, and of course there’s the fact that Gary Shaw and a bunch of other guys are now officially out the door. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal if they had anyone with a reassuring resume to replace them with, but as it stands the promotion is now looking like a chicken with it’s head cut off.
Then you’ve got the news that ticket sales were absolutely shit-tastic, and by that I mean terrible. BECAUSE SHIT ISN’T FANTASTIC AT ALL. I have to wonder if EliteXC recently acquired the retards who managed to run the IFL into the ground with non-existent ticket sales event after event. Because come on now. I could have sold more tickets to the show wearing a chicken suit on the side of the highway. Yes! Two chicken references in one post. I went there.
Last but not least, we now have SpikeTV putting out a press release rubbing EliteXC’s face in the mud because they managed to outperform CBS with a rerun of UFC 84 (albeit under a very specific set of conditions):
SPIKE TV’S RE-BROADCAST OF UFC 84 DRAWS MORE YOUNG MEN THAN A LIVE PRO ELITEXC CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT ON CBS
Need proof the UFC is the preeminent mixed martial arts brand in the world? On Saturday, July 26, more men 18-34 watched a repeat-a repeat-of a UFC event on Spike TV than a LIVE telecast of a Pro EliteXC championship card on CBS. Despite being available in over 17 million more homes [ed. note: I think they mean over 17 million less homes?], Spike TV drew 27% more Men 18-34 for a re-broadcast of “UFC 84: Penn vs. Sherk” from (9:00-12:00am ET/PT) than CBS’s live show (9:00-11:00pm). Spike TV’s telecast tallied 433,000 Men 18-34 to CBS’s 341,000.
Overall, “UFC 84: Penn vs. Sherk” drew higher ratings than Pro EliteXC in Men 18-49 (1.5 to 1.3) and Men 18-34 (1.5 and 1.0).
Reminiscent of the XFL’s rating collapse years ago, the CBS telecast was 69% lower in Men 18-34 and 57% lower with Men 18-49 than its initial broadcast on CBS in May featuring the “He Hate Me” of MMA, Kimbo Slice.
Ah, “He Hate Me”. See, I was one of the many people who tuned into the XFL’s first game featuring “He Hate Me”, and I was also one of the many people who never tuned in ever again. I’m really digging this new style of trash-talking press releases. Perhaps I can get a job over at Spike doing that!