Terrence Crawford fight draws second-highest cable TV ratings for boxing in 2017

August 21, 2017

ESPN reports that Saturday night’s Top Rank Boxing telecast of Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo drew the second-highest boxing match on cable television in 2017.

Crawford disposed of Indongo with a body shot in the third round to unify 4 titles in the junior welterweight division.

The event drew a 1.0 metered market rating during the main event per Nielsen.  According to an ESPN press release, New Orleans was the top local market where the telecast averaged a 1.6 metered market rating including a 2.0 rating during the main event.

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We should have ratings for the fight later today but promising ratings for Crawford.  Although not stated in the press release, we can assume that the highest-rated fight on cable this year was July’s Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight.  Horn’s upset win over Pacquiao drew an overnight 1.8 metered market rating for the event and 2.4 rating for the fight.  The telecast peaked at 4.4 million viewers and averaged 3.1 million viewers across three ESPN channels.  Arguably, Crawford could be the best boxer around today and the promising ratings means that viewers are being introduced to him.  Despite a dip with Vasyl Lomachenko’s debut on ESPN earlier this month, the ESPN-Top Rank partnership appears to be going well.

3 Responses to “Terrence Crawford fight draws second-highest cable TV ratings for boxing in 2017”

  1. Fight Fan on August 21st, 2017 9:40 AM

    Wow great news. The lomachenko numbers were tainted with a bad start.

  2. C on August 21st, 2017 2:16 PM

    I’m sure that when d comes out of his board meetings with ESPN and Bob Arum he’ll give us the the real info lol.

  3. Jaime Garcia on August 21st, 2017 3:10 PM

    So happy not to pay to see a great show. Can show my son about the sport and teach him. Want his generation to keep the sport going strong.have been a fan all my life. Through the ups and down. Keep it coming we watching.

    Fort Worth,tx

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