Klitschko draws 1.63M viewers on HBO

April 28, 2015

HBO’s Saturday night boxing featuring World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko drew the highest rating among its subscribers drawing an average of 1.637 million viewers for the fight with Bryant Jennings.  The overall telecast drew an average of 1.3 million viewers.

It was Klitschko’s first appearance in the U.S. in years and many fight fans tuned in with the fight peaking at 1.742 million viewers.  The undercard featuring Sadam Ali defeating Francisco Santana drew an average of 1 million viewers peaking with 1.134 million.

According to Bad Left Hook, it was the highest rating for HBO Boxing since 2012.

Payout Perspective:

The HBO telecast, which competed with UFC 186, reflects the fact that Heavyweight boxing is still a draw and Wladimir Klitschko should fight stateside more often.  One need only look at the 17,056 fight fans that came to saw him at Madison Square Garden to know that despite Deontay Wilder, Klitschko is the dominant fighter in the Heavyweight division.  Despite PBC’s recent dominance of television, the viewership from Saturday reflects the fact that boxing can still be viable on the premium networks.

24 Responses to “Klitschko draws 1.63M viewers on HBO”

  1. Tops E on April 28th, 2015 11:24 AM

    So a boring klitchko has really high ratings……I’m sure deonte wilder will do good numbers once he starts being seen regularly on pbc….

  2. The Greatest on April 28th, 2015 11:29 AM

    If u get a good HW fight, people will watch.
    Got to assume that Klitschko vs Fury will do over 2m and Klitschko vs Wilder will do even more.

    How you doin ‘d’?

  3. Logical on April 28th, 2015 11:43 AM

    This just goes to show that boxing fans crave for the return of the ol’great HW fights. If Klitschko–who has never been a draw in the US–can pull those kind of numbers, then imagine what a HW with a fan-friendly style can do.

  4. BrainSmasher on April 28th, 2015 4:22 PM

    Lol Kilits can’t even sell a PPV! A more popular HW wouldn’t have been fighting like on free tv they would be in PPV. A 1.3 rating is not a good number for someone in the position of Klits. Yes it is a 1.3 not a 1.6. Just because Klits isn’t fighting under a promotion banner doesn’t mean he gets to cherry pick the ratings. The UFC doesn’t get to use its highest rating fight as its ratings and neither does this HBO boxing show.

    The last ufc he title fight on TV did like 8 million viewers for you keeping score!

  5. saldathief on April 28th, 2015 4:44 PM

    BS is an idiot! when was the UFC on HBO or pay tv? oh wait they are on free tv and have shit numbers lately. Its a good thing that the brains at Boxing realize that he is not a ppv draw. The UFC would put a lame cripple on ppv and call it a champion.. Hey how did rampage do? bahahahha UFC big ppv draw of the past does less then 80k

  6. saldathief on April 28th, 2015 5:00 PM

    8 million views? where when and whom??? please let us know

  7. BrainSmasher on April 28th, 2015 5:14 PM

    “The UFC on Fox main event broadcast marked the most-watched live hour ever for MMA in the United States and averaged 5.7 million viewers.[7] The ratings peaked in the United States at 8.8 million viewers for the main event.[8]”

    Right there! See that’s what happens when you use a peak or a segment of an entire event to mislead people. The boxing event did 1.3 and only reached 1.6 when you break all the low rated time off and use the Peak. The UFC isn’t a single fighter promotion so no one tries to do that. In boxing they try to use the main fighter and spectate him from the rest of the card to appear higher rated.

    As far as comparing doc to HBO. Every boxing fan has HBO. Until recently you could not follow boxing without HBO. To act like a boxing fight is missing tons of boxing fans being on HBO is a lie. Recent ratings on network have been comparable to equal fights on HBO to back this up. Only an idiot would try to argue Klits would gets significantly more viewers of this fight was in network TV. Boxing HW champ still wouldn’t have broke 2 million viewers!

  8. saldathief on April 28th, 2015 5:39 PM

    I call bullshit! wikpeadia??? give us a fucking break!!!! find another source sorry
    here is a picture that sums up the state of the UFC today!! hahah

  9. FightBusiness on April 28th, 2015 7:27 PM

    great numbers unlike the spike telecast! I cant believe the event was almost sold out to watch Klitscko fight a bum. it shows me how massaive Boxing would be if it had a few great heavyweights. A Heavyweight Pacquaiou would be getting 2 million ppv buys each event. MSG nearly sold out for a bum opponent was amazing. Glimmers of the past. Klitscko vs Fury would sell well because they are both huge. Wilder would as well.

  10. d on April 28th, 2015 8:39 PM

    HAHAHA!!! Klitschko’s numbers on ESPN were in the low 100k’s. Congrats for him actually drawing a decent rating for once in the US. Still not good enough for him to fight on ppv in the US, but hey, isn’t that what the shit PBC fights are for? 39 year old champion, just like the rest of the sport. Very old and fading away! HAHAHA!!

  11. d on April 28th, 2015 8:41 PM

    Sal never ceases with his retarded comments. It is just one relentless moron foaming at the mouth every time he makes a comment here.

  12. The Greatest on April 28th, 2015 10:32 PM

    Klitschkos fight on ESPN did 450k, his last one on HBO did 700k and this one did 1.6-1.74m.
    Also to Brain Smashed, the UFC cards on fox are longer and have more fights. In boxing the numbers are viewed as fight by fight instead of the entire card with the exception of PBC since thats ran like a show as is the UFC on Fox.
    Jds-Cain did peak at 8m, very briefly, but it was heavily hyped as the introduction of a new sport where PBC is reintroducing a sport everyone knows.

    If those 8m became fans then why did JDS-Cain III only sell 330k ppvs?

  13. d on April 28th, 2015 10:52 PM

    “the UFC cards on fox are longer and have more fights. In boxing the numbers are viewed as fight by fight instead of the entire card with the exception of PBC since thats ran like a show as is the UFC on Fox.”

    Exactly why the boxing fight numbers are inflated. The lower profiled fights on the UFC cards bring down their average dummy.

    “If those 8m became fans then why did JDS-Cain III only sell 330k ppvs?”

    You are such an idiot. You should be asking why did the second match get 590k buys, considering it was the successor to the first match.

    If Klitschko can generate over a million fans on HBO, why can’t he sell a ppv here? HAHAHA!

  14. d on April 28th, 2015 10:56 PM

    Wladimir Klitschko……39

    Manny Pacquiao……..36

    Floyd Mayweather…..38

    3 of boxing’s few stars- old and on their way out. Who is going to replace them? Broner? Garcia? Fury? Na. Those guys aren’t elite and can’t draw.

    Boxing’s stars and fans- all old. Old sport, old crowd. Boxing has some serious problems.

  15. The Greatest on April 28th, 2015 11:44 PM

    “If Klitschko can generate over a million fans on HBO, why can’t he sell a ppv here? HAHAHA!”

    He can’t sell a ppv because he has no one to face.
    When he fought Lepai on ESPN it only drew 435k or something.
    Yes it was on at Noon and overseas but everyone knew it was going to be a blow out and it wasnt even advertised.
    But get him in the States against a credible opponent in Bryant Jennings and hell pull in the ratings(1.74m)
    If they could get Klitschko-Wilder on PBC, that would be monstrous but I wouldnt mind it being on HBO.

    But Klitschko-Fury is up next and potentially going to be in England so that fight Im betting can hit 2m.

    But in regards to boxing number vs UFC numbers, its a somewhat different thing your arguing.
    People like you compare a company to a sport.
    Alot of these casuals who watch UFC never watch any other MMA fights because they are UFC fans not MMA fans.
    So those ppl will tune in for a UFC card but would never turn on a Bellator or WSOF fight because they feel its beneath them.

    So when Klitschko fights, its marketed as Klitschkos fight.
    People say “Im watching the Klitschko fight tonight, or Im watching Mayweather-Pacquiao this weeked” where as the UFC fans go “Im watching UFC tonight or Im watching the UFC fight tonight” instead of saying whoever the draw is.

  16. d on April 29th, 2015 12:17 AM

    So, if he has opponents as you claim, why doesn’t he fight on ppv here in the US? That is where the big money is.

    The answer is very simple- no one in the US will pay to watch him fight because no one gives a shit about hw boxing anymore here. The division is horrible.

    Right, that is why Bellator can pull in over a million viewers for an event. Moron.

    Regardless, what is the point you are attempting to make with your rambling? You are incoherent.

  17. The Greatest on April 29th, 2015 2:44 AM

    No one gives a shit?
    They just did 1.74m on HBO. Thats a good number.
    Jennings doesnt have the star power Fury or Wilder has. Not even close.
    So its reasonable for Klitschko-Fury to do 2m+.

    Fury and Wilder arent big enough for Klitschko to bank on a ppv.
    Not yet, but bet your ass if they beat Klitschko they become ppv draws.

  18. d on April 29th, 2015 5:34 AM

    No one gives a shit enough to pay for it.

    Fury and Wilder would never in a million years be ppv stars in boxing in the US.

    The UFC on the other hand can sell ppv’s with their hw stars.

  19. The Greatest on April 29th, 2015 6:19 AM

    Klitschko-Wilder in 2016 would do more ppvs then JDS-Cain III
    UFC 180 Werdum vs Hunt 185,000.
    Oh yea your heavyweights are sure selling those ppvs. 185K? Im sure Klitschko-Wilder could beat that.

  20. d on April 29th, 2015 6:44 AM


    Klitschko-Wilder will do less ppvs than Bellator or Demetrious Johnson. It will be a big fat ZERO!!!!!

    No way in hell Klitschko-Wilder will beat a replacement UFC HW card that was non title and should have been pulled from ppv. Klitschko will never sell a ppv buy in the US. Won’t happen. No one cares about HW boxing.

    By the way, for years, the UFC’s hw’s were big draws. When was the last time a hw boxing ppv even occurred in the US? The days of Tyson? HW boxing is a joke. HW MMA is not. People buy their ppvs.

    You truly are the gayest!

  21. The Greatest on April 29th, 2015 11:35 AM

    Your HWs were only relevant when Brock was there and hes a WWE fighter not a UFC fighter, moron.

    Honestly MMA HW division is worse than boxings right now.
    Boxings HW division is in a little hot spot right now with Klitschko, Fury, Wilde, and Briggs and Haye making a littlr chaos on the side.
    Who do you have? Cain and sorta JDS and thats it. Nobody after that in the UFC that matters.

  22. d on April 29th, 2015 11:59 AM

    If that’s the case, why did Cain-JDS do a ppv for 590k and a FOX Show that peaked at 8.8m?

    “Honestly MMA HW division is worse than boxings right now.
    Boxings HW division is in a little hot spot right now with Klitschko, Fury, Wilde, and Briggs and Haye making a littlr chaos on the side.
    Who do you have? Cain and sorta JDS and thats it. Nobody after that in the UFC that matters.”

    These are the words of a mutated retard.

    Boxing’s hw division is worse than it has ever been in the history of the sport. MMA’s HW division isn’t great, but is 1000x better than boxing’s. Miocic, Werdum, JDS, Velasquez all elite fighters. Boxing has 1 and he’s 39.

  23. The Greatest on April 29th, 2015 11:34 PM

    Cain is your only real elite fighter and I honestly think he is and will be the greatest MMA HW of all time.
    Hes that skilled.
    Boxing only really has one elite HW right now and thats Klitschko.
    But when we digress from there, the UFC falls off dramatically while boxing has a few potential talents waiting to bloom, and thats Fury and Wilder and maybe Anthony Joshua.

    Boxings HW division is better than it was a few years ago, when it was at its absolute worst.
    But right at this moment, the boxing HW division has more steam and is better than the UFC HW division.

    And Lol at Werdum and Miocic. Werdum is about to be 38yrs old by the way and you’re a clown if you think he has a shot at Cain.

  24. d on April 29th, 2015 11:53 PM

    You are so retarded, and what is amusing is you aren’t aware of how much of a nut you are. Do you actually believe the bullshit you throw out there?

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