NBC Fight Night on NBC: 1.6 million viewers
January 2, 2013
ESPN reports the ratings for NBC’s Fight Night which aired on network television on December 22nd scored 1.6 million viewers for a 1.2 rating. It was the second week of boxing on network television as CBS carried a fight card the week before.
The main event featured a controversial ending as heavyweights Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek put on a nice fight that went to the score cards. It was initially announced as a majority draw but under further review, one of the score cards was announced incorrectly with Adamek winning the bout. It was an unfortunate end to what was a well-produced show.
The fights aired from 1pm-3pm on the west coast and went up against college football bowl games and college basketball. The overall product was well done as NBC introduced the fighters and their backstories which presented compelling information about the main event fighters. Notably, they did a nice job of talking about Cunningham’s daughter needing a heart transplant. The Fight Night series should be here to stay on NBC Sports Network as the network has experienced low ratings and this content should help boost them. As for its network appearance, the ratings are good considering that the Saturday, December 22nd event was at a time that many would be out doing last minute shopping.