PBC on ESPN debut draws 800,000 viewers

July 15, 2015

The debut of PBC on ESPN Saturday night drew an average viewership of 800,000 viewers from 9pm-11pm ET.  It surpassed 2015’s Friday Night Fight telecasts which averaged just 381,000 viewers.

The main event featuring Keith Thurman and Luis Collazo drew an average of 999,000 viewers with a peak at close to 1.2 million according to ESPN.  The main event aired 10:15pm-11pm ET.  The other fight on the card was Willie Nelson taking on Tony Harrison.  Nelson’s KO of Harrison drew an average of 799,000 viewers.  The two-hour event which aired opposite a portion of the UFC 189 Prelims and a portion of the UFC 189 PPV.

Payout Perspective:

Very good ratings considering the UFC was on at the same time.  The UFC 189 prelims drew 847,000 viewers on FS1 in the 8pm-10pm ET time slot.  Although ESPN probably expected more viewers from PBC, the ratings still have to please execs considering it doubled the ratings of its predecessor Friday night Fights.  PBC on ESPN will return the same night as Ronda Rousey and UFC 190 as Danny Garcia will take on Paulie Malignaggi.

21 Responses to “PBC on ESPN debut draws 800,000 viewers”

  1. Chris on July 15th, 2015 4:54 PM

    ESPN probably expects more, having Garcia on next card is good but man these main events are horrible. Total squash matches. Garcia vs Paulie? Very few PBC fights are good competitive fights, lots of squash match bookings. Broner/Porter was a good one, thats what we need more of.

  2. BrainSmasher on July 15th, 2015 6:50 PM

    Not good ratings for ESPN! I always said that was the best place for the UFC to land. They would get monster ratings Constantly on ESPN. 800,000 for their first show on ESPN is not very good at all! Hell, you are given a ton of sports fans on a silver flatter while other networks are lucky if they are given fringe sport fans single ESPN has first choice and has major sports. If this was a 7-10th event it would be decent. But not a first event!

  3. d on July 15th, 2015 8:38 PM

    More horrible ratings for PBC. A consistent pattern of bad ratings and million dollar loses. They are starting to really accumulate now.

    On a funnier note- you gotta love Ronda Rousey’s quote after beating Floyd Mayweather for Best Fighter ESPY:

    “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” she said. “I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.”

  4. FightBusiness on July 15th, 2015 8:49 PM

    these ratings are absolutely fine and good. 1.2 million for the main event is what matters. no one knew the undercards including myself. collazo is a no name. the ratings are good. espn fans dont follow boing. they follow the big 4 sports. the numbers will only grow. you will see it with the garcia fight.

  5. d on July 15th, 2015 9:25 PM

    Delusional Fagbusiness at it again. Horrible numbers. This is ESPN with an alleged boxing star.

    I notice you never address the UFC headlining fight’s ratings, just the entire card. I guess you only use headliners when talking about boxing because it fits into your bullshit argument.

    ESPN has had fights on forever now. This is nothing new. The ratings suck because boxing isn’t very popular outside of the two guys who are retiring soon. Garcia’s fight won’t do any big numbers. Same shit. He already fought on NBC and didn’t impress at all, nor did any of their other cards.

  6. FightBusiness on July 15th, 2015 9:38 PM

    and theufc isnt popular at all ever. the weidman,c ormier card proved that. talk to me after canelo vs cotto regarding boxing only has two stars. the main event is all that counts for this crappy ass card and the main event featured a bum also. espn has a ton of sports on. boxing is on with crappy cards on a friday night. whopty freakin doo, no one cares about that shit. pbc is a another level. 1.2 million is strong. for a crappy main event. 1.5 million guranteed for a good card.

  7. d on July 15th, 2015 10:04 PM

    What an idiot. More delusions of grandeur from fagbusiness. Truth is, he is really excited about boxing because of their fag champions and transexual promoters.

  8. The Greatest on July 16th, 2015 12:42 AM

    The debut of PBC on ESPN Saturday night drew an average viewership of 800,000 viewers from 9pm-11pm ET. It surpassed 2015’s Friday Night Fight telecasts which averaged just 381,000 viewers.

    So more ppl are tuning into boxing then were before thats what ESPN is really looking at.

    Numbers werent great, they werent bad, they were ok.
    Garcia-Paulie does better numbers and I think the viewership will increase with the match making.

    Boxing isnt new to anyone. Every person in the world knows what boxing is. Its not like PBC is debuting anything new. I think people like D forget that when the UFC on FOX debuted, alot of ppl didnt know what MMA was. Look at their numbers after. Alot of those ppl never came back to watch another show.

  9. The Greatest on July 16th, 2015 12:44 AM

    “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” she said. “I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.”

    He still doesnt know who she is. If he was in the audience he probably looked confused as shit looking up wondering why some softball player was up there wondering if he knew who she was.

  10. d on July 16th, 2015 6:55 AM

    “So more ppl are tuning into boxing then were before thats what ESPN is really looking at.”

    The purses went from about 100k total to around 3m and the ratings have only jumped from 300k to 800k. That is called a financial loss genius.

    “Numbers werent great, they werent bad, they were ok.
    Garcia-Paulie does better numbers and I think the viewership will increase with the match making.”

    No, they were bad. These should have been well over a million for it to be viewed as a success. The viewership won’t go up much from the match making. It won’t get much better than having guy’s like Thurman on there. Ratings are based on star power and for PBC shows, it won’t get too much bigger than this.

    “Boxing isnt new to anyone. Every person in the world knows what boxing is. Its not like PBC is debuting anything new. I think people like D forget that when the UFC on FOX debuted, alot of ppl didnt know what MMA was. Look at their numbers after. Alot of those ppl never came back to watch another show.”

    It is new in this format- especially to network tv- it hasn’t been on there in years. Attempting to make a league out of boxing is new. The UFC numbers went down afterwards because the profile of the cards went down and as everyone in this world comprehends other than retarded boxing trolls- your numbers will gradually decrease after your debut until they level off which we will see happen to PBC. The issue with them is, they didn’t even start strong.

    This has disaster all over it. I don’t see this lasting more than 2 years and that will be after they already lost 500m.

    “He still doesnt know who she is. If he was in the audience he probably looked confused as shit looking up wondering why some softball player was up there wondering if he knew who she was.”

    She just beat him for an ESPY, can’t ignore that moron.

  11. saldathief on July 16th, 2015 7:46 AM

    According to the delusional ufc paid girl scouts, and this includes the shrimp 5’4 joe, i’m on a ton of steroids, Rogan. No one would be watching boxing when there was a ufc event at the same time. Wow, once again they are proved so wrong! And to compare a brand new sport making a network tv debut to boxing is what a retard who knows nothing about “curiosity” does. So? where are all the millions of mma fans now? I say not bad numbers for espn, whats the excuse for the downward spriralof the ufc on fs1 and Fox??
    Oh and no one would even be talking about Rousey if she didn’t mention Floyd!! bahahahahh

  12. d on July 16th, 2015 7:50 AM

    Sal ranting, same as always. He’s a boxing paid, welfare to work troll.

  13. Chris on July 16th, 2015 8:04 PM

    Sal the PBC numbers on basically every network they are on are all down.

    NBC

    3.4 mill
    2.9 mill
    2.3 mill

    afternoon shows in 1.2-1.3 mill range

    Spike

    869k
    569k
    772k
    446k

    ESPN
    800k

  14. The Greatest on July 17th, 2015 1:05 AM

    “Oh and no one would even be talking about Rousey if she didn’t mention Floyd”

    Truth.

  15. d on July 17th, 2015 1:01 PM

    Yeah, that’s why she just beat his ass for an ESPY and is all over Hollywood and in the news.

    You are a retarded mental patient.

    Truth.

  16. FightBusiness on July 17th, 2015 1:48 PM

    the last nbc ratings (2.3 million) was a prelimary number. they never came out with the final number. its usually always 400k more.

  17. The Greatest on July 17th, 2015 1:54 PM

    Its all over Hollywood?

    I don’t think Hollywood gives a shit. Its an ESPY not an Oscar.

    That was Bruce Jenners night.
    The biggest female athlete last night had a penis,and it wasn’t Rousey

  18. d on July 17th, 2015 6:29 PM

    “the last nbc ratings (2.3 million) was a prelimary number. they never came out with the final number. its usually always 400k more.”

    Even with your dubious analysis, that would make it still down.

  19. d on July 17th, 2015 6:32 PM

    “Its all over Hollywood?
    I don’t think Hollywood gives a shit. Its an ESPY not an Oscar.
    That was Bruce Jenners night.
    The biggest female athlete last night had a penis,and it wasn’t Rousey”

    You never cease to out-retard yourself. I was referring to Rousey genius. She’s in a number of big movies: Expendibles 3, Entourage, Furious Seven, etc.

    You were hoping the courage award would go to the tranny boxing promoter. HAHAHAHA!!

  20. The Greatest on July 17th, 2015 10:05 PM

    Victor Ortiz was in that movie too u idiot.
    Word is he KOd Rousey on set on accident.

  21. d on July 18th, 2015 9:33 AM

    You are such a brain dead, stupid fuck. First off, who cares if Ortiz was in that. No one even knew he was in it. As a matter of fact, who even knows who the hell Victor Ortiz is? He had a much smaller role, and there was much more of a mma influence in the movie, seeing how Couture was also in it.

    Word is she actually choked him unconscious because he is a boxer and boxers don’t know how to fight. That’s why they lose to women. HAHAHAHA!!

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