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.

UFC on Fox 29 draws 1.78M viewers

April 15, 2018

UFC on Fox 29 drew 1.78 million viewers on Saturday according to Television By Numbers.  It is the 6th straight UFC on Fox event that failed to draw 2 million viewers.

The main event featuring Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier went on past the 7pm PT time slot so there will be additional viewers tacked on.  But, the fast overnights reflect a drop-in viewership.

The telecast drew 0.6 in the A18-49 demo and a 3 share for its time slot.  UFC on Fox 29 went up against the NHL Playoffs on NBC which drew 2.18 million viewers and identical ratings for the A18-49 demo and share.

Overall, UFC on Fox 29 had the lowest overall viewership in its time slot.

Payout Perspective:

Despite the entertaining card, the casual viewer failed to tune in once again.  The 1.78 million viewer ensures another low 2 million viewership for the event when factoring in the overrun.  While the ratings are better than the PBC on Fox, there has been a decrease over the years in these network shows.  Some of it has to do with injuries and amount of cards ongoing, and fans are starting to tune out the free shows.

UFC on Fox 28 draws 2,037,000 viewers; prelims draw 1,214,000 on Fox

February 28, 2018

The official live and same day ratings for UFC on Fox 28 revealed the show averaged 2,037,000 viewers on the network Saturday night.  The prelims which aired on Fox prior to the main card drew 1,214,000 viewers according to Nielsen Media Research.

The prelims started 30 minutes later than scheduled due to an overrun from a college basketball game.  It was the best prelims telecast on Fox since July 2016.  On Fox Sports Go and Fox Now the telecast had an average minute audience of 11,814.  The prelims featured Renan Barao and Brian Kelleher with the New York native earning the victory over the former champ.

UFC Fight Night on FOX averaged 2,037,000 viewers on Saturday according to Nielsen Media Research. The ratings include the overrun which saw Jeremy Stephens stop Josh Emmett.  Saturday night’s performance was 15% better than last month’s 1,771,000 viewers. On FSGO and FOX Now the telecast had an average minute audience of 11,067.  The show peaked with 2,731,000 viewers from 10-10:15pm ET.

The fast overnights had the main telecast with 1.82 million viewers.

The FS1 UFC Post-fight show drew 192,000 viewers.

Saturday night provided stiff competition on the networks as NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics drew 11,422 viewers.  The NBA on ABC Saturday featured Golden State and Oklahoma City with the Warriors blowing out OKC.  But, the game drew 4,051,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings did improve from last month which is a positive for this event.  It did have some stiff competition.  Surpassing 2 million viewers overall is an achievement for this card.

UFC on Fox 28 draws 1.82M viewers in overnight ratings

February 25, 2018

UFC on Fox 28 drew 1.8 million viewers on Fox Saturday night’s fast overnight ratings.  Despite stiff competition from the NBA and the Olympics the event was able to stave off its worst ratings since being shown on the network.

The event drew 1.82 million viewers, a 0.6 rating in the A18-49 demo and a 3 share according to Television By Numbers.  The ratings do no include the overrun into the 8pm PT hour.

The telecast featured Jeremy Stephens taking on Josh Emmett in a featherweight matchup.  Stephens KO’d Emmett to earn the victory.

The UFC on Fox went up against the Winter Olympics on NBC, the NBA on ABC and a rerun of Big Brother on CBS in the first hour and a 48-Hours rerun in the second.  Both replays on CBS outdid the two hours of MMA on Fox.

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

Payout Perspective:

The low ratings were expected.  If there is any solace is that it improved on last month’s dismal UFC on Fox ratings.  It also improved from PBC on Fox ratings last week.  Up against the Olympics which drew over 9 million viewers and NBA basketball chipped away at any sort of casual viewership.

UFC on Fox 28 attendance, gate and bonuses.

February 24, 2018

UFC on Fox 28 took place in Orlando on Saturday night and main event headliner Jeremy Stephens continued his winning ways earning a bonus for his stoppage against Josh Emmert.

While the stoppage was not in dispute, the beginning of the end for Emmett started with what look like a knee to a grounded opponent that narrowly missed Emmert.  Even though it was avoided the fight was stopped shortly thereafter.

In addition, Ilir Latif, Alan Jouban and Ben Saunders earned the other $50,000 bonuses.  Jouban and Saunders earned fight of the night with Jouban stopping his teammate, while Latif earned the other Performance Bonus with a first-round win over Ovince St. Preux.

The event drew 10,124 fans for a live gate of $1,064,303.50 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.  It ranked third among the three UFC events that have been held at the venue. UFC on Fox 17 in December 2015 and UFC on Fox 11 in April 2014

The numbers were announced post-event.

Payout Perspective:

It was an entertaining night of fights but one might expect ratings to hover around 1.7 million viewers as it went up against the Olympics on NBC and the Warriors-Thunder NBA game on ABC.  Stephens is ascending his way up the Featherweight ranks and should be considered a contender to challenge for the title after the winner of Ortega-Edgar.

PBC on Fox draws 1.06M viewers opposite Winter Olympics

February 18, 2018

PBC on Fox drew 1.06M viewers on Fox Saturday night according to Television By Numvers.  The event featured Victor Ortiz taking on Devon Alexander in a fight that ended in a draw.

The event drew a 0.3 rating in the A18-49 demo and a 1 share.  The event came in 4th in its overall timeslot with the Winter Olympics drawing over 13.62 million viewers for the night.

The ratings are down from October’s 1.3M viewers.  But, did better than July’s 866,000 viewers.  In February 2017, it drew 1.76M viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are slightly lower than this past fall when it went up against the MLB Playoffs and College Football.  However, the Winter Olympics is a huge draw despite reports that viewership is down from the last Olympics.

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