PBC on ESPN draws 1.217M viewers

September 1, 2015

ESPN reports that PBC on ESPN featuring Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares Saturday night drew an average audience of 1,217,000 viewers and peaking with 1,641,000 viewers.

Santa Cruz defeated Mares via majority decision.  The peak occurred in the 12:00-12:15 am quarter hour.  The event officially aired from 10:00 – 12:12 am thus the peak came at the very end.  The rating makes it the largest boxing audience on ESPN since February 1998.

ESPN Deportes averaged a 1.3 Hispanic Household rating and 355,000 Hispanic viewers making it the highest-rated and most-watch boxing telecast to air on ESPN Deportes.  The telecast peaked from 11:15-11:30pm with 453,000 viewers.

PBC on ESPN 

July 11th – Thurman-Collazo: 800,000 viewers

August 1st – Garcia-Malignaggi: 1.073M viewers

August 29th – Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares: 1.217M viewers

Only a preseason NFL Football game on the NFL Network between Pittsburgh and Buffalo did better than PBC per Sports TV Ratings.

Payout Perspective:

PBC ran unopposed this past Saturday as the last two PBC events on ESPN ran opposite UFC PPVs.  The event reflects the huge Hispanic audience for boxing.  The fight received much more buzz than the last two on ESPN and based on the ESPN Deportes ratings, it was the most-watch on the network.

39 Responses to “PBC on ESPN draws 1.217M viewers”

  1. Fight Fan on September 1st, 2015 3:30 PM

    Hey D how many fighters does the UFC have that pull over 1m viewers who aren’t rousey and connor? Boxing is loaded with talent meanwhile UFC wishes they could have those two fight on every card since they got nobody else left.

  2. Fight Fan on September 1st, 2015 3:37 PM

    Biggest boxing even on ESPN since 1998 btw

  3. tops E on September 1st, 2015 4:16 PM

    Is haymon proving his critics wrong? Hahahahaha….will espn be interested in media rights deal like fox?….more upcoming boxing ppv stars being given a platform to be known….

  4. saldathief on September 1st, 2015 5:59 PM

    wow thats like double Bel and ufc tv numbers. D is too busy wearing a dress like Dana and the girls that have turned mma into a womens sport!. 2 more fights for Rousey maybe! then we can look at stories about Conors new tattoos bahahahahah Fucking pathetic organization!!! Pathetic fans that support garbage and ignore talent!!!

  5. FightBusiness on September 1st, 2015 6:07 PM

    BAHAHAHA . where are the trolls now? you know whats amazing? is that these dudes weighed 117 freakin pounds!!! it was a comepetitive fight so guess what? it got competitive numbers!! shocking concept. can you imagine if they had competitive fights consistantly under one roof? Boxing could clear 2-2.5 million average frequently. its pretty much over. once a sport can get over 1.5 million views network execs know they can make some money. boxings on basic cable for good which is where it should be. network is too hard to please consistantly. they want monster numbers. i’m assuming they’ll get a modest network deal (which is what the ufc will get in 4 years since “the potential” elemenent is over) enough to pay for 3/4 of the bills for the night. the rest will come from the live gate and ppv’s but there will soon be no more bleeding.

  6. d on September 1st, 2015 6:46 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! You fucking losers. They have one decent show and you schmucks think this is some sort of turn around. How about the other 50 that shit the bed? Even the sun shines on a dog’s ass every now and then. They are averaging worse ratings on Spike than Bellator and that includes fights with big names like Khan. Pathetic.

  7. d on September 1st, 2015 6:48 PM

    Fag Fan, you have no idea what you are talking about. The almost did a million with two no named headliners for their last FS1 show which has hardly the audience FS1 has. The UFC is killing PBC. Bellator is beating PBC. This is a joke you even tried to bring this up idiot.

    I guess they don’t inform you about these things at your local Buffalo Wild Wings. Hahaha.

  8. d on September 1st, 2015 6:52 PM

    Fagbusiness, your analysis is beyond delusional. PBC will not get a deal that will cover their costs. If they do strike a legit deal, it will come at an operating loss in hopes of growing over time. The UFC is already making money off their FOX deal and with the ratings they are drawing which are better by far than PBC overall and more notably in the 18-49 demo, they are going to get a very solid deal when their contract is up.

    Also, you are an idiot. If by some miracle PBC ever does do a ppv, that won’t be included with a network deal. Not to mention boxing gates are horrible outside of the ppv stars. Boxing isn’t the UFC where they can draw a million dollar gate with lower level fighters. In boxing, even big named stars can’t draw big gates other than the top 3 or 4. There is a massive drop off after those ppv fighters in boxing.

  9. d on September 1st, 2015 6:53 PM

    Sal’s too busy letting Arum put his balls in his mouth to realize his numbers are once again delusional.

  10. saldathief on September 1st, 2015 10:01 PM

    Mens sports will always outdo womes sports and out last them bahahahah D is a dress wearing girly man who now wears Rousey gear bahahahah

  11. saldathief on September 1st, 2015 11:28 PM

    hahahaha so half the articles on all of the mma sites are now about Rousey and useless twats like her! mma going to shit fast!!!! What happened boys?????

  12. d on September 2nd, 2015 3:55 AM

    Sal is very inspired by Caitlyn Jenner and his courage award. He loves trannies which is why he loves boxing.

  13. Diego on September 2nd, 2015 6:47 AM

    Jason,

    Am I reading right that the fight did 1.2M on ESPN and another 355k on ESPN Deportes or does the 1.2 include both ESPN and ESPN Deportes? Either way it’s a good number.

    This fight had several things going for it – two good action fighters who were evenly matched, a reasonable fight time on a well-known network (so you don’t have to try to find MATV or NBC Sports or whatever the hell) and good promo leading up to the fight. PBC needs to do more fights this way.

  14. Diego on September 2nd, 2015 6:50 AM

    “can you imagine if they had competitive fights consistantly under one roof?”

    I would love for boxing to do that, but somehow they don’t. I agree that it would help boxing to do more of De La Cruz v. Mares and less of Somebody Good v. Someone I’ve Never Heard Of, but the sport seems to resist it.

  15. FightBusiness on September 2nd, 2015 7:21 AM

    boxing cant get big gates. face palm. yeah they just broke the live gate record with mayweather vs pac. there 72 million did more than the superbowl. I’m sure canelo vs cotto will break every UFC gate in history. the next day you’ll hear. that was a one shot deal. sure they did a 9 million dollar gate but they cant do that often. blah blah bla. ggg and felix verderjo on deck

  16. d on September 2nd, 2015 8:24 AM

    My quote exactly:

    ” In boxing, even big named stars can’t draw big gates other than the top 3 or 4. There is a massive drop off after those ppv fighters in boxing.”

    Your interpretation to my quote:

    “boxing cant get big gates. face palm. yeah they just broke the live gate record with mayweather vs pac. there 72 million did more than the superbowl.”

    Again, you need to learn how to read you fucking idiot. The top 3 or 4 stars who are all ppv stars can do big gates. Outside of those fighters, there is a massive dropoff and the gates are pathetic for the most part, unlike the UFC which can do non title fights and low profile fights that often hover around the 1m mark.

    Also, again, never compare anything related to boxing with the Super Bowl. The SB made literally at least 20x more money than May-Pac. Football is so much more popular than boxing it is unreasonable to even mention the two in the same sentence comparatively.

    Get ready for your nickname, it is coming soon Fagbusiness.

  17. Saldathief on September 2nd, 2015 10:52 AM

    D cant handle facts and is in the fictional world of the ufc and its women’
    Dominated stuperstar. Dana and the girls are killing any legitimacy the soort had and paid troll losers are forced to defend a twat in panties being the big and only draw! Boxings problems are minute compared to the ultimate female championship! Bahahaha

  18. The Greatest on September 2nd, 2015 11:39 AM

    The Super Bowl did not make 20x more than Mayweather-pacquiao you fuckin moron.
    According too numerous sites Mayweather-Pacquiao is the highest grossing single event in sports history beating the Super Bowl.

  19. No shit! on September 2nd, 2015 2:17 PM

    No shit! May n pac is highest grossing sporting event ever.

  20. Pink Pig on September 2nd, 2015 3:32 PM

    4.6 million buys for Mayweather-Pacquiao?

    DAMN boxing rakes it in. When will UFC actually break 1 million buys?

  21. FightBusiness on September 2nd, 2015 6:11 PM

    the supebowl didnt do 20 times more than mayweather vs pac you douche. that event did over 400 million. please show me a superbowl that did 4 billion. facepalm. can you stop it with theufc can do million dollar gates but boxing cant. amir kahan, danny garcia. klitscko, kovolov, terrence crawford can all do over 1 million gate if matched right.

  22. d on September 2nd, 2015 8:38 PM

    “The Super Bowl did not make 20x more than Mayweather-pacquiao you fuckin moron.
    According too numerous sites Mayweather-Pacquiao is the highest grossing single event in sports history beating the Super Bowl.”

    This is what a delusional retard does. They just spout off nonsense of insanity in their mind.

    NBC paid the NFL 1 billion dollars for the tv rights for the SB. That is billion with a B. This also doesn’t include a variety of other revenue streams like int’l tv, merchandising, gate revenue, the entire event week, outside sponsorship, The Gayweather fight made a total gross of probably somewhere around 300m. It may not have been 20x, but it completely destroyed it. The two weren’t even close. That also doesn’t factor in how much money the playoffs make in the nfl or even the regular season does. The NFL brings in around 9b per year in revenue. Boxing doesn’t do a fraction of that. This is a joke of a comparison.

    The gayest is a mutant.

  23. d on September 2nd, 2015 8:39 PM

    Saldaqueer is an incoherent, rambling fag.

  24. d on September 2nd, 2015 8:40 PM

    Damn Sampson, the UFC has won the ppv war in 8 out of the last 9 years over boxing. They are really raking the money in ? The only year boxing did more buys/revenue was when the UFC lost their two biggest stars and had nearly every major fight card scrapped. When will boxing ever reclaim top dog??? The answer is NEVER! Haha.

  25. saldathief on September 2nd, 2015 8:44 PM

    Yea look now what the UFC has to sell because nothing else will bahahahahhaa Panties and more panties. D is a pantie boy is a girls sport bahahahaha

  26. d on September 2nd, 2015 8:47 PM

    “the supebowl didnt do 20 times more than mayweather vs pac you douche. that event did over 400 million. please show me a superbowl that did 4 billion. facepalm. can you stop it with theufc can do million dollar gates but boxing cant. amir kahan, danny garcia. klitscko, kovolov, terrence crawford can all do over 1 million gate if matched right.”

    First off, that event DID NOT do over 400m. Go break out some numbers that back up your bullshit. Second, you can’t do math you fucking idiot. 20x 400m is 8b. That fight may have done around 300m. The SB did probably close to 2b. The number I threw out there was clearly an exaggeration, with the point being the two weren’t even close. The SB demolished that fight and football as a whole did do probably about 20x more than the banner promotions grossed in fights this year.

    As for the gates, you are delusional. The only one of those guys you mentioned who does consistent 1m gates is Klitschko. The rest of those fighters typically only do around 3-400k per fight. I’d be surprised if any of them ever hit a 1m gate. Meanwhile non title holders in the UFC can hit 1m. Another joke. Boxing gates for the most part are horrible. Just a few guys can draw a good gate.

  27. d on September 2nd, 2015 8:49 PM

    http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Boxing-Manny-Pacquiao-Will-Retire-in-2016-Says-Promoter-Bob-Arum-91659

    HAHAHAHA!!! More bad news for boxing! Floyd will be done in a month and Manny has 1 fight left. Then boxing ppv is in the ultimate shitter!!!!!

  28. Fight Fan on September 2nd, 2015 9:22 PM

    lol d keep clowning yourself, manny wasn’t selling ppv’s anymore anyway which is why he always name dropped floyd before his fights. Most are expecting floyd to come back and have a bid for a big fight between hbo and showtime. dream on, boxing is going nowhere.

  29. The Greatest on September 3rd, 2015 12:18 AM

    ◾ d on September 2nd, 2015 8:38 PM

    -“This is what a delusional retard does. They just spout off nonsense of insanity in their mind.

    NBC paid the NFL 1 billion dollars for the tv rights for the SB. That is billion with a B. This also doesn’t include a variety of other revenue streams like int’l tv, merchandising, gate revenue, the entire event week, outside sponsorship, The Gayweather fight made a total gross of probably somewhere around 300m. It may not have been 20x, but it completely destroyed it”-

    –NBC did not pay the NFL $1billion for the tv rights. NBC, CBS and FOX have contracts with the NFL until 2022. So NBC did not just call the NFL up and say “Hey we will give you $1B to play the Super Bowl.”
    The Super Bowl made a little under $500M in revenue this year. Not $8Billion like you claimed, you moron.

  30. The Greatest on September 3rd, 2015 12:25 AM

    ◾ d on September 2nd, 2015 8:47 PM
    -“First off, that event DID NOT do over 400m. Go break out some numbers that back up your bullshit.”-

    How bout 4.4mil PPV buys at $100 for HD and $90 for SD.
    Realistically most people have HD, so lets say 4million bought it at $100.
    That’s $400mil right there alone. Then 400k ppvs at $90 would add in $36mil as well making that $436mil just from ppv.
    Add in the other millions in tv rights, ads, international rights, etc… you are looking at around $500mil, about what the Super Bowl did.

  31. d on September 3rd, 2015 5:44 AM

    “lol d keep clowning yourself, manny wasn’t selling ppv’s anymore anyway which is why he always name dropped floyd before his fights. Most are expecting floyd to come back and have a bid for a big fight between hbo and showtime. dream on, boxing is going nowhere.”

    Yeah, he’s numbers definitely did drop- making this even more pathetic because boxing doesn’t have anymore ppv stars left.

    Good luck with Mayweather fighting a serious challenger at age 39. Hahaha. Most protected fighter on Earth.

    Boxing hitting the shitter in 2016!!!

  32. d on September 3rd, 2015 5:54 AM

    “How bout 4.4mil PPV buys at $100 for HD and $90 for SD.
    Realistically most people have HD, so lets say 4million bought it at $100.
    That’s $400mil right there alone. Then 400k ppvs at $90 would add in $36mil as well making that $436mil just from ppv.
    Add in the other millions in tv rights, ads, international rights, etc… you are looking at around $500mil, about what the Super Bowl did.”

    This is what a brain dead retard posts.

    Even if we are to believe that delusional, bullshit number, the revenue is less than half of that because the event has to split that revenue with the cable companies. That isn’t their gross. They don’t even touch it. IE, of that alleged 436m, only about 200m goes to the event. Factor in the gate 74m, site fees, int’l tv/ppv, sponsorship, bar contracts/closed circuit, etc. and there is no way they made much more than 300m in gross.

    You are a mutant.

  33. d on September 3rd, 2015 6:15 AM

    “NBC did not pay the NFL $1billion for the tv rights. NBC, CBS and FOX have contracts with the NFL until 2022. So NBC did not just call the NFL up and say “Hey we will give you $1B to play the Super Bowl.”
    The Super Bowl made a little under $500M in revenue this year. Not $8Billion like you claimed, you moron.”

    I never claimed it made 8b you retard, I was pointing out what the math would be there for the exaggerated number I threw out there – pointing out how distant the two events were in terms of revenue. You are delusional if you believe the SB only brought in around 500m. Obviously hard to find firm figures on the breakdown because of the closed books, but I’ve read figures that they receive 1b of the 3.1b annually for the SB specifically. That event is the most watched show on tv every year- it would demolish anything Gayweather put on tv multiple times over.

    In short, this event is so much bigger both financially and viewership wise than that shit fight that was a giant turd burger in terms of entertainment. It is so absurd to even compare the two. Hell big boxing events on tv- network tv specifically for PBC can’t even outdraw preseason football. Haha. Only a moron would attempt to compare the two sports.

  34. d on September 3rd, 2015 6:17 AM

    Also, the NFL makes nearly 7 b in tv rights every year. What does PBC make? What does the entire sport of boxing make? Maybe 1/50th of that. Hahahaha.

  35. Dove on September 3rd, 2015 11:39 AM

    Guys, don’t bash MMA, the problem here is the UFC and their cronies.

    MMA used to be a wonderful sport with many talented people but now it’s been highjacked and turned into a hypemachine focused essentially on money.

    Yes, boxing is clearly the winner here. With all the hype and the promotional circus, the UFC still failed to outsell boxing. So yes, boxing fans are having the last laugh now.

  36. Fight Fan on September 3rd, 2015 11:46 AM

    D you mad bro? You been getting schooled on here everyday and you keep coming back for more lol

  37. d on September 3rd, 2015 1:14 PM

    Delusions of grandeur. I’ve been getting schooled? You can’t even form a complete sentence you moron. Go back to blowing your boyfriend at your local Buffalo Wild Wings. Hahahaha.

  38. The Greatest on September 5th, 2015 2:50 PM

    Ali-Spinks II in 1978 had 90mil viewers.
    Super Bowl XII in 1978 had 78mil viewers.
    Whats the biggest MMA attendance? 8mil?
    Pffff that aint shit fag boy

  39. d on September 6th, 2015 8:15 AM

    HAHAHAHA!!! He’s gotta go back nearly 40 years.

    Even Ali-Spinks wouldn’t compare with the Super Bowl today. Boxing isn’t, nor ever was on the level of pro football.

    You are confusing attendance with viewers again because you are a fucking idiot.

    You are the Gayest, not me, you homo.

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