PBC on Fox Saturday draws 880,000 viewers

July 22, 2019

PBC on Fox Saturday night drew 880,000 viewers in fast overnight ratings per Television By Numbers.  The 2-hour event which supplemented the Fox PPV featuring Pacquiao-Thurman drew a 0.2 share in the A18-49 demo and a 2 share.

The telecast on Fox was last in overall viewership when compared to the other 3 networks of ABC, NBC and CBS.  A rerun of Shark Tank on ABC drew nearly 2 million viewers on Saturday night in the 8-9pm timeframe while a rerun on Dateline NBC drew 2.47 million viewers in the 9-10pm hour.

PBC on Fox featured Caleb Plant and Mike Lee in the feature bout of the telecast.  Plant took care of Lee in the 3rd round.

2019 PBC on Fox (fast nationals)

July 880,000

June (Sunday) 1.007M

May 1.21M

April 1.01M

March 1.34M

February 1.26M

January 1.72M

Payout Perspective:

It’s a little surprising that Saturday’s Fox event drew less than a million viewers in fast nationals despite it being a lead-in to a Pacquiao fight.  Also, Caleb Plant has been a fighter that PBC has been pushing.  He had an impressive victory yet it appears that less people tuned in.

UFC on ESPN +4 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 21, 2019

UFC on ESPN +4 took place on Saturday night from San Antonio, Texas.  The UFC awarded bonuses to Walt Harris, Dan Hooker, Mario Bautista and Jin Soo Son.

The bonus winners won $50,000.  Harris earned the bonus for his quick work in stopping Aleksi Oleinik.  Hooker stopped James Vick and Bautista and Son earned Fight of the Night.  Bautista won via unanimous decision.

The event took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and aired on ESPN.  The event drew 9,255 for a live gate of $841,820.61.  The numbers were announced post event.

Payout Perspective:

The attendance and gate are on par with most Fight Night events.  The main event of Rafael dos Anjos and Leon Edwards was a good attraction but not one with much star power despite RDA being a former champion. With Pacquiao-Thurman on Saturday night and a PBC on Fox card, it will be interesting to see the ratings for the UFC event.

PBC on Fox Sunday peaked with 1.832M viewers

June 25, 2019

PBC on Fox Sunday night peaked with 1.832 million viewers during the Charlo-Cota fight which seeped over the two-hour time slot.  The event peaked during the 10:00pm ET-10:15pm ET quarter hour.  The telecast on Fox averaged 1.211 million viewers from 8-10:15pm ET.

The complete main card telecast on Fox drew 1.265 million viewers along the Fox family of Fox, Fox Deportes and Fox Sports streaming services.

Broken down the main card telecast on Fox Sunday night were as follows:

Rigondeux vs. Ceja: 1.030 million viewer average

Spencer vs. Black:  1.187 million

Charlo vs. Cota:  1.832 million (same as the peak)

Fox Deportes drew an additional 48,000 viewers.  Fox Sports streaming services had an average minute audience of 6,118.

The PBC Boxing Prelims drew 836,000 viewers.  Earlier in the day, Inside PBC Boxing on Fox averaged 320,000 viewers.  The Inside PBC Boxing telecast featured Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman talking about their upcoming fight in July.

Payout Perspective:

The fast-national average was 1.007 million viewers but did not account for the 15-minute overrun.  The event did not fare well competing against other network shows on Sunday night but the averages for the fights were good as compared to other PBC on Fox telecasts.

PBC on Fox Sunday night draws 1.007 million viewers in Fast Nationals

June 24, 2019

Premier Boxing Champions on Fox drew 1.007 million viewers in Fast Nationals.  The event held on Sunday night drew a 0.3 rating in the A18-49 demo and a 2 share overall.

According to Television by Numbers, the event was the lowest rated show in its time slot.  60 Minutes on CBS drew close to 6.14 million viewers in the 8-9pm slot.  In the 9-10pm slot, The Good Fight on CBS drew 3.72 million viewers.

The 7-8pm time slot saw PBC Prelims draw 880,000 viewers. The prelims featured two undercard fights.

The event featured the return of Jermell Charlo as he knocked out replacement Jorge Cota in the third round.

Payout Perspective:

The other PBC on Fox cards occurred on Saturday night so it would be unfair to compare them.  But its clear that CBS owns Sunday night programming with 60 Minutes as its big lead-in.  One of the other concerning things you may notice is the A18-49 demo is low with no sight of it trending upward as boxing continues to be a sport dominated by older viewership.

PBC on Fox draws 1.21 million viewers Saturday night

May 12, 2019

PBC on Fox drew 1.21 million viewers on Saturday night per Nielsen via Television By Numbers.

The event featured a matchup of Super Welterweight featuring Jarret Hurd and Julian Williams.  JRock shocked the favorite Hurd and took the 154 pound title.

It was a busy night Saturday night with a UFC PPV, Bellator event on DAZN and NHL on NBC vying for viewers.  The event drew a 0.3 share in the A18-49 demo and a 2 share overall.  It recorded the lowest rated viewership in its timeslot among the 4 networks.

The telecast did draw better than last month’s Easter weekend broadcast which featured Danny Garcia.  Yet, still below December’s 1.69M viewers on Fox.  Moreover, the viewership is still below that of the UFC broadcasts on Fox.

PBC viewership numbers over last two events

March 23, 2019

To clean up the past couple of weeks, MMA Payout has obtained the ratings from the past two weeks from PBC events.

This past weekend’s PBC Prelims on FS1 averaged a combined 479,579 from FS1, Fox Deportes and Fox Sports streaming services.  The FS1 telecast averaged 421,000.  According to Fox, it was FS1’s 2nd most-watched boxing telecast.  It was 66% better than the previous PBC Prelim card on the network on 3/9/19 (PBC on Fox) which drew 259,000.  The peak for the PBC Prelims on FS1 this past Saturday was 453,000 viewers during between 8:30-8:45pm.

The Fs1 Prefight Show which aired prior to the PPV drew 404,000 viewers.  PBC Fight Camp on Fox drew 402,000 viewers.

The PPV fight between Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia drew an estimated 360,000 buys according to Kevin Iole’s report on March 21st.

March 9th’s PBC on Fox drew 1.628 million viewers on Saturday night.  The event peaked with 2.197 million viewers.  The main event saw Shawn Porter retain his welterweight title via split decision over Yordenis Ugas.  The telecast bested last month’s event which drew 1.377 million viewers.

Per Fox, the average viewership for each fight is as follows:

  • Efe Ajagba vs Amir Mansour-               1.282 million viewers
  • Abel Ramos vs Francisco Santana-     1.415 million viewers
  • Shawn Porter vs Yordenis Ugas-         2.142 million viewers

The Prelims last week drew 252,000 viewers.

UFC on Fox 31 Live+SD draws 1.828M, Prelims does 256K on FS1

December 20, 2018

UFC on Fox 31 drew 1.828 million viewers in its Live +SD viewing on Saturday according to Nielsen.  The event peaked with 2.402 million viewers during the overrun between 7:25-7:30pm PT.

According to Fox Sports, the streaming services telecast average minute audience of 16,000.

The prelims drew 256,000 viewers.  The Fox Sports streaming service drew an average minute audience of 5,784.

The post fight show drew 123,000 viewers which is up 7% from last December’s post-fight event.  The Prefight Show drew 61,000 viewers.

The main card featured Al Iaquinta’s win over Kevin Lee.

 

UFC on Fox Ratings
Overnights Live + SD
UFC on Fox 1 5,700,000
UFC on Fox 2 4,570,000
UFC on Fox 3 2,250,000 2,400,000
UFC on Fox 4 2,360,000 2,400,000
UFC on Fox 5 3,410,000 4,400,000
UFC on Fox 6 3,770,000 4,220,000
UFC on Fox 7 3,300,000 3,700,000
UFC on Fox 8 2,040,000 2,380,000
UFC on Fox 9 2,410,000 2,800,000
UFC on Fox 10 2,550,000 3,220,000
UFC on Fox 11 1,990,000 2,500,000
UFC on Fox 12 2,020,000 2,500,000
UFC on Fox 13 2,270,000 2,800,000
UFC on Fox 14 2,820,000 3,049,000
UFC on Fox 15 2,430,000 2,745,000
UFC on Fox 16 2,290,000 2,800,000
UFC on Fox 17 2,280,000 2,781,000
UFC on Fox 18 2,430,000 2,685,000
UFC on Fox 19 2,130,000 2,500,000
UFC on Fox 20 2,440,000 2,975,000
UFC on Fox 21 2,200,000 1,983,000
UFC on Fox 22 2,690,000 3,178,000
UFC on Fox 23 2,020,000 2,189,000
UFC on Fox 24 1,740,000 1,996,000
UFC on Fox 25 1,640,000 2,046,000
UFC on Fox 26 1,780,000 2,107,000
UFC on Fox 27 1,590,000 1,770,000
UFC on Fox 28 1,820,000 2,037,000
UFC on Fox 29 1,780,000 2,020,000
UFC on Fox 30 1,460,000 1,678,000
UFC on Fox 31 2,150,000 1,828,000

 

Payout Perspective:

The event was down from last December’s event and the fast-national number did not rise after including west coast viewership.  The possibility why the number was down was due to some preemptions in markets that Nielsen meters or other programming during the UFC on Fox time slot broadcast.  The show was close to the UFC on Fox 2018 average.  The prelims ratings were the lowest ever when airing on FS1.

UFC on Fox 31 draws 2.15M viewers on Fox

December 16, 2018

UFC on Fox 31 drew 2.15 million viewers on Fox Saturday night according to Television By Numbers.  It was the promotion’s swan song with the network.

The event featured Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta in the featured bout of the telecast.  The show drew 0.7 in the A18-49 demo and a 3 share.

Although the show beat out the others network shows in its time slot, it came in third to two reruns on NBC (Dateline) and CBS (NCIS: Los Angeles) in overall viewers.

 

UFC on Fox Ratings
Overnights Live + SD
UFC on Fox 1 5,700,000
UFC on Fox 2 4,570,000
UFC on Fox 3 2,250,000 2,400,000
UFC on Fox 4 2,360,000 2,400,000
UFC on Fox 5 3,410,000 4,400,000
UFC on Fox 6 3,770,000 4,220,000
UFC on Fox 7 3,300,000 3,700,000
UFC on Fox 8 2,040,000 2,380,000
UFC on Fox 9 2,410,000 2,800,000
UFC on Fox 10 2,550,000 3,220,000
UFC on Fox 11 1,990,000 2,500,000
UFC on Fox 12 2,020,000 2,500,000
UFC on Fox 13 2,270,000 2,800,000
UFC on Fox 14 2,820,000 3,049,000
UFC on Fox 15 2,430,000 2,745,000
UFC on Fox 16 2,290,000 2,800,000
UFC on Fox 17 2,280,000 2,781,000
UFC on Fox 18 2,430,000 2,685,000
UFC on Fox 19 2,130,000 2,500,000
UFC on Fox 20 2,440,000 2,975,000
UFC on Fox 21 2,200,000 1,983,000
UFC on Fox 22 2,690,000 3,178,000
UFC on Fox 23 2,020,000 2,189,000
UFC on Fox 24 1,740,000 1,996,000
UFC on Fox 25 1,640,000 2,046,000
UFC on Fox 26 1,780,000 2,107,000
UFC on Fox 27 1,590,000 1,770,000
UFC on Fox 28 1,820,000 2,037,000
UFC on Fox 29 1,780,000 2,020,000
UFC on Fox 30 1,460,000 1,678,000
UFC on Fox 31 2,150,000

 

Payout Perspective:

Maybe there were some nostalgic fans for the last event on Fox as it was the highest-rated showing for a UFC on Fox since December 2016.  The event did well on the network and broke a string of UFC on Fox shows that could not crack 2 million viewers.  Next up for UFC is new partner ESPN as Fox welcomes PBC full-time as its anchor combat sports tenant on the network.

 

UFC on Fox 30 ratings draw 1.678M, prelims 939,000

July 31, 2018

The UFC on Fox 30 main card drew 1.678 million viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The Prelims drew 939,000 viewers on Fox Saturday afternoon.  It drew 364,000 viewers in the Adult 18-49 demo.

The prelims featured Jordan Mein and Alex Morono with Mein winning the welterweight matchup via unanimous decision.  The Prelims preceded the main card from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The main card drew the lowest UFC on Fox fast overnight rating in the history of the events on the network with 1.46 million viewers despite an action-packed main card with competitive fights.   The main card featured Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez with Poirier earning the stoppage in round 2.

UFC on Fox 30 drew 771,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo and received a 1.04 household rating.

The Prelims are not far off the UFC on Fox 29 Prelims from April which drew 970,000 viewers.  But, last July’s UFC on Fox 25 Prelims drew 1.137 million viewers on Fox.  This past Saturday’s ratings reflects that viewership increased gradually throughout the night which is promising news but it still shows that the ratings are decreasing.

WWE announces SmackDown Live deal with Fox Sports

June 26, 2018

The WWE announced its upcoming rights deal with Fox Sports with SmackDown Live starting on FOX Friday night October 4, 2019 according to a company press release.  The deal with Fox Sports more than triples the fees it was receiving in its prior deal with NBC Universal.

The show, which currently airs on the USA Network, will remain a 2-hour show airing year-round.

“WWE and FOX are a perfect match,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage FOX’s extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming.”

The announcement is part of a new 5-year deal with Fox Sports.  In addition, it signed a deal with Comcast Corp.’s USA Network for Raw to remain on the Network.

Payout Perspective:

The announcement confirms that Smackdown Live will be on network television in 2019.  The news of the deal with Fox Sports last month boosted WWE stock.  Smackdown Live on network television is an even bigger coup for the company as its business continues to ascend.  The clamor for live content has made this round of rights fees for the WWE a bounty of riches as it adjusted its annual average rights fees from $468 million as compared to the $130 million in its previous deal for its two key programs.

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