5.1 million tune in for Thurman-Garcia on CBS

March 9, 2017

PBC on CBS this past Saturday peaked at 5.1 million viewers during the 12th round between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia according to Nielsen.  The main event, overall, drew 3.74 million viewers.

The overnight viewership revealed it drew 2.7 million viewers on CBS and outdrew the NBA on ABC.

The numbers make it the most-viewed boxing event in primetime since 1998.

Notably, last year, the Errol Spence, Jr.-Leonard Bundu fight which aired on NBC after the Summer Olympics gold medal game involving the U.S.  That fight drew 4.8 million viewers with a peak of 6.34 million but aired on a Sunday afternoon with the peak occurring during the opening minutes of the fight.

Payout Perspective:

Great numbers for the CBS card last Saturday.  Unlike Spence-Bundu, it seems that that people gravitated toward Thurman-Garcia.  It was a good matchup that was promoted well and shows that there is still interest in boxing when good fights are made.

86 Responses to “5.1 million tune in for Thurman-Garcia on CBS”

  1. Caramel City on March 11th, 2017 2:38 AM

    Ppvs don’t drive boxing.
    Boxing historically only has 4 ppvs a year.

  2. Caramel City on March 11th, 2017 2:39 AM

    Ppvs don’t drive boxing.
    They drive the UFC but not boxing

  3. Fight Fan on March 11th, 2017 7:02 AM

    Even wwe isn’t doing ppvs anymore, all about their network. And they created the PPV lol. Ufc is done without that ppv income, 4 billion needs to be paid.

  4. d on March 11th, 2017 8:11 AM

    PPVs do drive boxing. There is a reason why once their ppvs stopped selling, the ratings have plummeted everywhere. It isn’t just about making money for those events, it’s about drawing interest to the sport and that is basically gone.

  5. d on March 11th, 2017 8:14 AM

    If WWE could generate half of the ppv revenue that the UFC does, they’d be doing it in a heartbeat right now. By the way, the UFC does both, they have Fightpass and ppv…and why not, they are both very profitable?

    Also, the UFC would not be done without ppv. Way too much money and interest in mma. It could affect WME, but not the UFC brand name. That’s worth more than every boxing promotion combined.

  6. Fight Fan on March 11th, 2017 9:45 AM

    Lol they just put on a 5 million viewer show and hold the record for the biggest ppv ever only 2 years ago. Keep dreaming d.

  7. d on March 11th, 2017 9:50 AM


    PBC going under, boxing ppv gone, Showtime and HBO both drastically slashed their budgets, ratings across the board in the toilet, every promoter fleeing to Europe, and De La Hoya pointing out that last year was the worst in the history of the sport….that’s the state of boxing.

    20 years from now, FF will be bringing up the May-Pac fight which is pathetic because even with that fight, boxing still didn’t outdraw mma in ppv buys that year. Hahaha.

  8. Caramel City on March 11th, 2017 10:10 AM

    Boxings at an all time high in the UK. That’s why you have so much attention over there.
    PBC and CBS are going to be partnered up. That’s already been discussed. CBS will get the big fights while the rest get delegated to ESPN or FOX if that works out.
    Showtime as well.

  9. d on March 11th, 2017 10:14 AM

    It’s not at an all time high in the UK and even if it were, that market is a fraction of what the US/Canada market is.

    PBC and CBS are not partnering up. These are time buys, plain and simple. There are no legit tv contracts in place like they anticipated. Also, PBC has lost hundreds of millions of dollars so far in this venture, there are investors who are suing them, the SEC going after them, I can’t imagine this going on too much longer.

  10. Wil on March 11th, 2017 10:29 AM

    over 60 responses, amazing how popular Cruz’s boxing posts are isnt it. In fact the other posts concerning MMA dont seem to get a fraction of the responses…..and so well written too…..I wonder why that is? As Arsenio Hall used to say, “things that make you go hmmmmmm…..”

  11. d on March 11th, 2017 11:02 AM

    ….because of the boxing t.rolls. If this was a typical boxing site, no one would even comment, because they wouldn’t be able to t.roll anyone.

    The boxing fanboys who have littered this site came over initially when there were few boxing articles on here. You have joined the likes of Topps, congratulations.

  12. TOPS E on March 11th, 2017 11:41 AM

    Hahahaha. D still at it….4 B down hahahaha

  13. Wil on March 11th, 2017 12:51 PM

    lol….does he in any way sound like a sane adult?

  14. Fight Fan on March 11th, 2017 1:07 PM

    D you have zero proof the show “lost money”

    The place was packed and did high ratings. End of story.
    Unless you can see the books and prove otherwise all signs point to a success.

    Mayweather is back folks. Expect him to fight Canelo in September if canelo wins in May.

  15. Fight Fan on March 11th, 2017 1:20 PM

    D is all over the yahoo article doing damage control on there as well lol

  16. TOPS E on March 11th, 2017 3:22 PM

    Hahaha really? Ill check yahoo hahaha

  17. Fight Fan on March 11th, 2017 3:43 PM

    Yes the article about mayweather returning. He is going on his usual about how boxing ppv is bad blah blah blah. He can’t handle the fact that mayweather is about to come back.

  18. Thompson on March 11th, 2017 4:11 PM

    Impressive numbers

  19. d on March 11th, 2017 5:23 PM

    Hahahaha. The stalkers are uniting. Seems like Wil has become the 3rd member of the boxing quack pack! #Nutjobs.

  20. TOPS E on March 11th, 2017 5:41 PM

    So D is really a propagandist of the UFC hahahahaha….pbc sets him off…a dw manchurian candidate hahahaha

  21. TOPS E on March 11th, 2017 5:47 PM
  22. TOPS E on March 11th, 2017 5:56 PM
  23. d on March 11th, 2017 6:05 PM

    Topps self destructing. Nonstop posting ever since boxing’s ppv disappeared. Hahahaha!

  24. Fight Fan on March 11th, 2017 6:12 PM

    Boxing doesn’t live an die by the ppv d. Ufc does.

  25. Wil on March 11th, 2017 7:27 PM

    Fight Fan, Canelo might be a bit too big for Mayweather now, is money coming back as a jr middle? He was always a smallish welterweight who I always thought could fight at JrWelter even later in his career

  26. Wil on March 11th, 2017 7:33 PM

    TOPS E, are you in the UK? The UK boxing scene is massive. If you are, I lived in London for just under a year, York Hall at Bethnal Green for boxing, if you have not experienced it, do so….nothing like it. Its like boxing in an old Victorian British setting.
    That by the way is a nation that is owning the sport at the moment, makes sense as that’s where it started. I am not surprised its amateur program is booming, I see the same thing happening with Ireland with the Conlan brothers and Katie Taylor. Even Wales has a world champion with Lee Selby, who just left Matchroom and now totally in the stable of Al Haymon.

  27. Wil on March 11th, 2017 7:36 PM

    and yes, D is a clown. Carry on.

  28. d on March 11th, 2017 7:47 PM

    Hahaha. Wil sees eye to eye with Topps…speaks volumes.

  29. Caramel City on March 12th, 2017 1:53 AM

    Boxing ppv hasn’t disappeared.
    The UK has their own ppvs over there and in America we have GGG/Jacob’s, Top Rank ppv, Canelo/Chavez, Ward/Kovalev, Pacquiao/TBA.
    That is all between March and June.

  30. Caramel City on March 12th, 2017 1:55 AM

    GGG/Jacobs will do 200,000
    Top Rank ppv will do 50,000
    Canelo/Chavez 500,000
    Ward/Kovalev 2 250,000
    Pacquiao/TBA 300,000 at least

  31. Fight Fan on March 12th, 2017 6:34 AM

    Wil it’s unsure right now, he keeps calling out McTapper but we all know that fight won’t happen. Makes me wonder if he would fight pac again now that his fight with khan fell through.

  32. Wil on March 12th, 2017 12:51 PM

    Carmel City, something tells me the Canelo vs Chavez fight will do more and be the highest of the set PPVs so far. We have two Mexicans fighting…one arguably one of the best 5 fighters on the planet and then the other the son of a living legend to Mexicans and more importantly Mexican Americans who are the #1 fight fan group in the USA. I hate ppv…I detest it….but even me and my clan are having a fight party for that one, either at one of our houses or reserving a room/tables at a sports bar. It is impossible with that fight= lack of action.
    I dont think Ward v Kovalev sells well due to Ward’s style and lack of proper promotion of Kovalev but that is definitely high level boxing right there.

  33. TOPS E on March 12th, 2017 2:40 PM

    Wil.. nope not in england just following british boxing, a lot.of talent over there right now…..

    Think pac and mayweather 2 is going to happen,both of them hyping fights with other people and nothings happening…so much money at stake its bound to happen

  34. Jess on March 12th, 2017 6:28 PM

    Well this fight did better than I expected. Good stuff.

  35. Wil on March 14th, 2017 11:07 PM

    Another potential HUGE match that Im sure CBS would be interested in, the Mexican American viewership skyrockets the ratings if promoted properly…their first fight was an absolute WAR!

  36. Wil on March 14th, 2017 11:11 PM

    28,000 arena in Sheffield, I suspect this fight sells out in no more than 72 hours

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