Joshua-Klitschko produce ratings for Showtime and HBO

May 2, 2017

The Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight on Saturday produced big ratings for both Showtime and HBO.

The live event on Showtime drew 659,000 subscribers and 0.24 in the A18-49 demo per ShowBuzz Daily.  The pre-event on Showtime drew 308,000 subscribers.  The post-fight on Showtime drew 401,000 viewers.

The replay main event on HBO drew 738,000 subscribers and 0.22 in the A18-49 demo.  The Canelo/Chavez shoulder programming which followed the HBO showing of the fight drew 315,000 viewers and 0.11 in the A18-49 demo.

On a separate note, PBC on FS1 drew 300,000 viewers Saturday night.  The 101-minute event starting at 10:19pm ET drew 0.08 viewers in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

Excellent ratings for both showings and you can see that more people watched the HBO replay.  There are more subscribers to HBO and with the afternoon showing on Showtime, some probably could not watch it live.  Of course, maybe some like Lampley, Kellerman and Jones more.  Still, Showtime produced a great event and embraced the big event feel at Wembley Stadium.  The ratings on Showtime do not surpass the Broner-Granados fight earlier this year but again, this was a mid-afternoon fight on the west coast so that may have impacted viewership.

37 Responses to “Joshua-Klitschko produce ratings for Showtime and HBO”

  1. Fight Fan on May 2nd, 2017 7:15 AM

    Very well said, good ratings and if it had been in prime time it would have done plenty more. I was working and had to watch it from my showtime app.

  2. Jess on May 2nd, 2017 8:43 AM

    Pretty good ratings. IMO the HBO crew is losing to the showtime crew. Too much house fighter bias on HBO. Also, Roy jones kinda sucks compared to Paulie as a commentator.

  3. Ron on May 2nd, 2017 9:21 AM

    I dvd’d the Showtime afternoon broadcast and avoided all potential spoilers to watch in the evening, Hands down the FOTY so far, just an awesome big time feel to it, and as I mentioned in another comment, AJ is classy, and a future mega star.

  4. Diego on May 2nd, 2017 9:53 AM

    “I was working and had to watch it from my showtime app.”

    I’ve done that once or twice.

    Great fight (for heavyweights) and if you add up both networks great ratings. Considering that this was a fight between two Europeans contested in the UK, it’s a truly impressive ratings performance.

    Could we see Joshua do some PPVs? He’s not as exciting as Mike Tyson, but if he keeps getting those KOs, people will tune in. Of course, he’ll need quality opposition and I only see a handful of opponents, of which two have the profile to warrant a PPV – Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

  5. Diego on May 2nd, 2017 9:55 AM

    “Roy jones kinda sucks compared to Paulie as a commentator.”

    I do like Paulie much better for color, but Lampley is my favorite play-by-play of all time. I call it a draw.

  6. Wil on May 2nd, 2017 11:35 AM

    In the words of a great military leader, “i love it when a plan comes together.”

  7. d on May 2nd, 2017 2:59 PM

    I wouldn’t go as far as saying these were bad numbers if you factor in the time delay, but I don’t see how these are excellent. HBO and Showtime have put up far better numbers with much lower profile fights. Golovkin beats these numbers easily with low billing opponents.

  8. Cutch on May 2nd, 2017 4:17 PM

    Good numbers but HBO for being such a great network (not as much Boxing budget though) They were telling Showtime not to show replays or put it up on social media, as if most people wouldn’t hear, live all the way even if it hurts your ratings its 2017

  9. Caramel City on May 2nd, 2017 10:55 PM

    Showtime peaked at 763,000 and HBO peaked at 890,000

  10. TopsE on May 3rd, 2017 2:56 AM

    A lot if people joining the joshua bandwagon… star of boxing

  11. Marco Contreras on May 3rd, 2017 5:41 AM

    The numbers are not the news even though they are excellent, the news is that a very rare moment where HBO and Showtime work together to broadcast the same fight !! Only the truly special events get that treatment

  12. Wil on May 3rd, 2017 6:42 AM

    I’d still like to see both of those numbers over 1m but it’s a start…especially with showtime which has far lower subscribers. I’m not on tr Joshua bandwagon yet as I think he looked very vulnerable but that actually ads to his appeal I suppose….it will be intersting to see if he turns out to be the real deal or another frank Bruno

  13. Diego on May 3rd, 2017 6:53 AM

    If the fight had been in the evening, on HBO, I think it does north of 1M. But at a random time, and with two networks showing it, it was going to be tough. I think a Wilder-Joshua fight in the US does well over a million on a HBO or Showtime. Or multiple times that on primetime.

    The question is, how much could it do in PPVs?

  14. Wil on May 3rd, 2017 7:34 AM

    I think the bigger statement would be putting it on PBC on CBS.if Garcia and Thurman could do over 5m, Joshua and wilder could do much more than that if properly promoted.

  15. Fight Fan on May 3rd, 2017 6:29 PM

    1.5 million ppvs in the uk, Joshua is here.

  16. d on May 3rd, 2017 7:05 PM

    Source…..Eddie Hearn. Hahahaha. You guys love those Dana White numbers when it isn’t Dana White and it’s boxing.

  17. Wil on May 3rd, 2017 8:14 PM

    Fight Fan, yes sir, broke the record in the UK. And 10m homes watched in Germany as well. GLOBAL baby

  18. Diego on May 4th, 2017 4:35 AM

    How much was the PPV? I can’t imagine it was $60.

  19. d on May 4th, 2017 4:52 AM

    They are attempting to claim that the UK, which includes 1/6th of the population of the US, and far less of an economy, with people that have far less access to ppv, that they did what a big boxing or mma match would do with two guys who couldn’t even get on ppv in the US. There’s no way that’s accurate. Eddie Hearn lies a lot.

  20. d on May 4th, 2017 5:08 AM

    The prices vary for the fight based on your subscription with Sky, but I believe the standard cost as reported was: £19.95, which is $25.75.

  21. d on May 4th, 2017 5:12 AM

    “The price is £19.95 for UK customers or €24.95 for Republic of Ireland customers.”

  22. Fight Fan on May 4th, 2017 5:56 AM

    D is in full damage control

  23. d on May 4th, 2017 6:26 AM

    Fight Fan has no response when the truth comes to surface debunking his propaganda. Hahaha.

  24. Fight Fan on May 4th, 2017 6:29 AM

    Propaganda? 90 thousand fans and a new ppv record say otherwise. when’s the last time a ufc sold out an arena that big? Lol I’ll wait.

  25. d on May 4th, 2017 6:34 AM

    Yes, propaganda. Eddie Hearn lied. Promoters lie. That’s what happens.

    When the UFC has an event in a state with an athletic commission(which is the majority of their fights), they are required by law to report the gate revenue to the state athletic commission. The financials are disclosed publicly. When the UFC has an event, they have an unbiased 3rd party disclosing their ppv numbers.

    When a boxing promotion has an event- like this one in the UK, none of the financials are publicly disclosed. The purse, gate revenue, ppv numbers…..all reported by the promoter. Promoters lie. That’s what they do for a living. I already proved that Hearn lied about the ppv cost, and the purses. How much more evidence do you need? Hahahaha.

  26. Fight Fan on May 4th, 2017 6:40 AM

    So yeah no ufc event has filled an arena that big. Damage control

  27. d on May 4th, 2017 7:20 AM

    So yeah, you are oblivious to reality and you only absorb what you want to believe, rather than actual evidence.

  28. Fight Fan on May 4th, 2017 6:13 PM

    What reality? 4.4 million ppvs? 90 thousand in Wembley? When has the ufc topped those events? I’ll wait

  29. Wil on May 4th, 2017 6:37 PM


  30. d on May 4th, 2017 7:37 PM

    Are we talking about money with boxing vs mma?

    Zuffa sold the UFC for 4.2 BILLION dollars. If you took every boxing promotion and every boxer including Floyd Mayweather’s net worth and combined them, they wouldn’t even be worth half of that. HAHAHA!!! The sports aren’t even close in revenue. The UFC grosses over 700m per year these days and its going to be even higher when their next tv contract comes up. Boxing right now can’t even do ppvs that eclipse 300k buys. Who cares how many people were at Wembley(if that figure is even accurate)? How much revenue did the gate do? Not even close to what McGregor’s last fight at MSG did.

    BOOM!!! Hahaha.

  31. Fight Fan on May 4th, 2017 8:54 PM

    As usual d you go off on the other direction. Nothing the ufc has can or has ever topped boxings biggest events. This weekend will show once again how big the sport really is.

  32. d on May 4th, 2017 9:14 PM

    “As usual d you go off on the other direction”

    “What reality? 4.4 million ppvs? ”


    Does it get any more hypocritical that this?

    If you want to stick with the topic at hand, then perhaps you can respond to the evidence I presented proving that Hearn lied about the numbers.

  33. Caramel City on May 5th, 2017 12:27 AM


  34. Wil on May 5th, 2017 8:22 PM


  35. d on May 5th, 2017 10:32 PM

    Wil made a friend. Hahaha.

  36. Caramel City on May 6th, 2017 2:28 AM

    Boxing still bigger than mma

  37. Wil on May 6th, 2017 5:53 AM

    It’s amazing that these boxing articles Cruz posts always seem to have the most comments….I wonder why….

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