PBC on Spike TV ratings drops 35% from March debut

April 27, 2015

Friday night’s PBC on Spike boxing event on Friday night drew 569,000 viewers according to Sports TV Ratings.  The ratings are a sharp decrease from the 869,000 viewers it drew on March 13th.

Friday night’s 3 plus hour event drew a 0.2 rating for the adult 18-49 demo.  According to Television By Numbers, the NBA Playoffs drew the top ratings on cable.  Notably, the Clippers-Spurs on ESPN drew 3.41 million viewers and Rockets-Mavericks which preceded LA-San Antonio drew 2.46 million.

In the main event on Friday night, Badou Jack defeated Anthony Dirrell to win the WBC middleweight title.

Payout Perspective:

Clearly the NBA and NHL Playoffs likely hurt the ratings for the rather long event on Spike Friday.  The roughly 35 % drop from its debut might be a concern for ratings-watchers especially Spike TV execs who are hoping to build out its Friday night lineup with combat sports.  One would think that this number should rebound with Amir Khan fighting Chris Algieri on Spike TV on May 29th.

14 Responses to “PBC on Spike TV ratings drops 35% from March debut”

  1. saldathief on April 27th, 2015 2:19 PM

    Boxing drops 35% and UFC drops 700% haha
    Spike show was shit

  2. d on April 27th, 2015 2:32 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! PBC with another toilet shit number. At this rate they will be out of business by the end of the year. There are only so many hundreds of millions you can flush down the toilet.

    Sal the spin doctor trying to scramble for excuses. HAHAHAHA!!

  3. Chris on April 27th, 2015 2:56 PM

    Pretty bad numbers but it was a bad card, Khan should do great ratings.

    I dont get why its on SPike and not NBC though. Look at the upcoming fights

    May 23rd on NBC DeGale vs Dirrell, thats a network tv main event?

    KHan on SPike is big and will do great

    But then they have Marco Huck vs. Krzysztof Glowacki as a Spike main event in June.

    Broner fighting on NBC Sports.

    Seems like they are screwing it up, Broner and Khan should be your network tv fights and put others like Ghost and Thurman on Spike and give NBC Sports fights like Huck.

    Huck fight on Spike is gonna flop, dont think the Dirrell card on NBC is gonna do well either.

  4. saldathief on April 27th, 2015 8:15 PM

    bad numbers, they shouldn’t even try to be on spike. NBC is hard enough, at least I can say when something is bad unlike the UFC fan girls who defend nonsense and shit numbers. I didn’t even watch the entire show. I hear it was better then 186 hahah people walked out

  5. d on April 27th, 2015 10:35 PM

    Sal, you are beyond full of shit.

  6. The Greatest on April 28th, 2015 12:08 AM

    Shit card. I had it on in the background but no one was expecting Badou Jack and Dirrell to bring in the numbers. But I see what Haymon is doing and its smart.
    PBC is set to have 42 events in one year, so looking at that, then of course there are gonna be some iffy cards.
    They just need to know how to put on the right fights.
    All NBC, CBS, and ABC shows have to have stars filled on it.
    The Spike shows should have the brawlers and other fighters that tend to get rough on there.
    ESPN should have the blend between the NBC and Spike shows.
    Bounce TV and BET should have the up and comers, as well as NBCSports.

    The next CBS card will probably do bad as well just because of whos on it but the Amir Khan-Chris Algeiri should be good as well as the future cards.


  7. d on April 28th, 2015 8:16 AM


  8. Saldathief on April 28th, 2015 8:41 AM

    Bahahha 6k at ufc 186 the rest comped hahahhaha. Pbc is bad on spike but its still doing close to bellator numbers hahahha how long has bellator been on? Hahahha

  9. d on April 28th, 2015 9:50 AM

    HAHAHAHA!!! PBC<Bellator (not the major leagues of mma)

    Yup, top flight promotions in boxing sell as well minor league promotions in mma.

    Garcia-Peterson was nearly half comped as well for a shit gate and a fight that lost millions.


  10. The Greatest on April 28th, 2015 11:33 AM

    PBC does better than Bellator all the time, what are u talkin about D?
    How bout that Klitschko fight, 1.74m viewers. Hahaha

  11. Lefthook on April 28th, 2015 3:33 PM

    Two fighters with no real fan base. Can’t expect boxing fans to watch just cause it’s boxing. We will support if the match up is good. We watch for the Intertainment value not just to help the ratings.

  12. d on April 29th, 2015 5:39 AM

    Apparently it doesn’t with the ratings they’ve put up on Spike. You may want to go back and check the actual numbers which for PBC on Spike were shit.

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