SAKAKIBARA ANNOUNCED THE VIEWER RATINGS
05/01/2005

Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced the viewer ratings for the April 23rd Opening Round of the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix 2005.

The Opening Round of the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix 2005 was broadcast from 9:00pm~11:09pm on Fuji Television. The average viewer rating was 18.7%, and the highest rating was 24.5%, during the Wanderlei Silva/Hidehiko Yoshida match. "Although it wasn't our highest rating ever, the numbers were still good," CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara explained. "The broadcast began during the Kondo/Vovchanchyn match and Sakuraba/Don Sik received a 22% rating. The numbers were steady from the beginning of the broadcast. There was more exposure from running the free broadcast version alongside the pay-per-view version and I think this was a good opportunity to expose more people to PRIDE."