The top televised boxing cards from April 2013-2014

May 2, 2014

The Sports Business Journal recently put out its “Fight Issue” which gave a rundown on the most-watched boxing matches from April 2013 to April 2014.

The top 6 according to the list compiled by SBJ:

  1. October 5, 2013 – Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez – HBO – 1.55M
  2. September 28, 2013 – Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Bryan Vera I – HBO – 1.42M
  3. November 2, 2013 – Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stevens – HBO – 1.41M
  4. March 1, 2014 – Adonis Stevenson vs. Tony Bellew – HBO – 1.4M
  5. June 22, 2014 – Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi – SHO – 1.28M
  6. December 14, 2013 – Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana – SHO – 1.28M

Notably, the bulk of fights scoring high on the list were from HBO with only 3 Showtime events hitting the top 20.  NBC had one appearance with the Steve Cunningham-Tyson Fury fight on April 20, 2013 delivering 1.2M viewers for the duration of the broadcast.

Of the top 20, 19 of the events hit at least 1 million viewers for the main event of the card.

Payout Perspective:

Remember when we said Boxing was dead?  It is not.  In fact, the competition between Golden Boy/Showtime and HBO/Top Rank has helped fight fans see some competitive fights and more of them.   The one drawback for economic-conscious fans is that there are more PPVs in addition to the amount one would pay for the premium channels of HBO and Showtime.

4 Responses to “The top televised boxing cards from April 2013-2014”

  1. Chang on May 3rd, 2014 4:07 AM

    That’s because the first ESPN boxing card was an unmitigated disaster ratings-wise. The heavyweight title fight between IBF/WBA/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Alex Leapai from Germany on April 26 attracted just 468,000 viewers.

    The card began at 5 p.m. ET and attracted nearly a million fewer viewers than ESPN typically averages in that time slot. ESPN’s normal rating at 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon is 1.4 million.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/boxing/klitschko-title-defense-bombs-in-ratings-on-espn-with-nearly-a-million-fewer-viewers-165921011.html

    Average Viewers 623,000
    Omar Figueroa vs Jerry Belmontes 545,000
    Lucas Matthysse vs John Molina 748,000
    Keith Thurman vs Julio Diaz 835,000

    http://www.boxingscene.com/thurman-diaz-sho-triple-produces-lukewarm-ratings–77288

  2. Chang on May 3rd, 2014 10:33 AM

    That’s because the first ESPN boxing card was an unmitigated disaster ratings-wise. The heavyweight title fight between IBF/WBA/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Alex Leapai from Germany on April 26 attracted just 468,000 viewers.

    The card began at 5 p.m. ET and attracted nearly a million fewer viewers than ESPN typically averages in that time slot. ESPN’s normal rating at 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon is 1.4 million.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/boxing/klitschko-title-defense-bombs-in-ratings-on-espn-with-nearly-a-million-fewer-viewers-165921011.html

  3. Bozo Dana on May 5th, 2014 2:04 PM

    Too bad UFC ratings have generally been PISS poor this year

  4. AK on May 5th, 2014 4:22 PM

    Are the Golden Boy shows on FS1 still getting like 10k viewers?

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