HBO Boxing After Dark draws 719,000 for Matthysse fight

January 31, 2018

HBO’s Boxing After Dark drew an average of 719,000 viewers on Saturday night for the main event featuring Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram according to Nielsen.

The fight peaked with 769,000 viewers.  Mathysse stopped Kiram in the 8th round. The event drew a 0.26 in the A18-49 demo.

The opening bout of the night saw Jorge Linares’ win against Mercito Gesta.  It drew 659,000 viewers and drew a peak audience of 731,000 viewers.  It also drew a 0.23 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are on par with this past December’s HBO offering which drew 719,000 viewers for the main event between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux.  While Matthysse is on the downside of his career, he still drew for this event.  It fared well as it aired after UFC on Fox earlier in the night.

2017: The year in boxing

January 6, 2018

2017 was a great year for boxing which saw some great fights and the spectacle that was Mayweather-McGregor.

The year started off with the talk about Mayweather-McGregor as the UFC’s lightweight champion stirred the pot by going on a rant on Instagram where he wrote “F*** the UFC.”  Dana White warned that if Conor went on without the UFC it would be an “epic fall.”

January also saw Al Haymon get a court victory with a dismissal of Golden Boy’s Antitrust lawsuit.  In a ruling which did not include oral argument, the Judge determined that Golden Boy did not come fort with genuine issues of fact to support its claims.  Most importantly, and a word of caution for the Plaintiffs in the UFC Antitrust lawsuit, the Judge reiterated that the antitrust laws protect competition, not competitors.

Although Golden Boy suffered the loss in court, it inked a deal with ESPN with 42 fights airing on ESPN starting in March 2017.  As the prevailing party, they requested legal costs in the amount nearing $35,0000.  Golden Boy appealed the dismissal but it appears that the sides resolved the case as the appeal was dismissed by agreement of the parties.

The Deontay Wilder-Alexander Povetkin/World of Boxing lawsuit went to trial in February and it did not take long for a jury to decide that Povetkin took Meldonium after January 1, 2016.  However, the case continues with the parties litigating the other claims as well as the issue who receives the millions of dollars that has been placed in escrow.

Wilder was also sued by rival Dominic Breazeale for a hotel melee.  The case was thrown out as the episode happened in Alabama but Breazeale sued in California.

Showtime Boxing had the highest rating of 2017 with Adrian Broner taking on Adrian Granados drawing 779,000 viewers.  The fight also aired on Twitter as the service continued to expand its offering of streamingClaressa Shields became the first female boxer to headline an event on premium network television. In March.

The GGG-Daniel Jacobs PPV drew between 130-150K PPV buys.  GGG’s next PPV appearance against Canelo would draw much higher as the draw drew 1.2 million buys.  The fight also had a higher price tag than usual:  $79.99 HD.  A rematch for May 2018 seems imminent.

March saw the second highest-rating for network viewership as Keith Thurman faced Danny Garcia in the battle of unbeatens on CBS.  The fight drew 5.1 million viewers while the overall telecast drew 2.7 million viewers.

After going through a lot of money, the viability of the PBC obtaining a media rights deal was brought into question.  Its deal with Spike TV ended but the organization found a home on FS1.

In 2017, it seemed as those everyone applied for a boxing license:  Conor, Nate Diaz, Cyborg…

Anthony Joshua faced Vladimir Klitschko in one of the biggest fights of the year.  The event aired live on Showtime and tape delay on HBO.

May’s Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. PPV drew 1.3 million buys and its replay on HBO drew 769,000 viewers.

In May, we took a look at where was Boxing’s next PPV star.  Aside from Canelo Alvarez, there are several contenders to be the next star on PPV including Anthony Joshua.

In June, The Money Fight was announced.

Also in June, Top Rank announced that it had a deal with ESPN to air fights with the first one being Manny Pacquiao fighting Jeff Horn in Australia on July 1st.  The debut earned big numbers as Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to Horn.

The Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II PPV in June drew between 130-135K PPV buys.

July saw a 4-city tour to promote the Mayweather-McGregor bouts.  It was an ambitious tour that fans clamored to be a part.  It was announced that the PPV price would be $99.95 HD.

The Money Fight drew huge numbers and was a big financial success.  We wrote about it here.  The event had streaming issues on both UFC Fight Pass and Showtime platforms.  As you might expect, there were lawsuits which are still matriculating through the court system.

Despite the big event, HBO ran an event featuring Miguel Cotto and it did well considering as it drew 730,000 viewers.

Capitalizing on the publicity of The Money Fight, announced an ESPN deal which will include airing its fight library on an OTT service that will launch in 2018.

Austin Trout sued the WBO which included claims under the Ali Act.  The case was moved to federal court in Puerto Rico where the WBO is seeking to dismiss the case and move it to arbitration.  The case will be an interesting look as to whether the court will allow a claim under the Ali Act will go to arbitration.

In September, Magomed Abdusalamov settled with the state of New York for $22 million for injuries sustained in a fight in 2013.  Abdusalamov was left with a brain injury and paralysis due to improper conduct and lack of training by the New York State Athletic Commission.

A huge ESPN fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeux drew 1.73 million viewers.  The overall telecast drew 1.487 million viewers.

In December, Showtime announced Mayweather-McGregor drew 4.3 million domestic PPV buys.  This is off from the 6.7 million Dana White had stated.  After hearing of the announcement, White took issue with Showtime’s numbers.

One of the bigger stories to watch going into 2018 is the announcement by Dana White that he will be promoting boxing.  Zuffa Boxing, a t-shirt worn by White during The Money Fight press tour, was a hint that White was up to something.  White made it official late in the year.  He indicated that he was meeting with Floyd Mayweather.  Despite stating that he will never work with Showtime again, he said he would be willing work with other promoters with the exception of Bob Arum.

HBO’s Boxing telecast draws 716,000 viewers

December 19, 2017

HBO’s Boxing telecast on Saturday averaged 716,000 viewers for the main event featuring David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders.

Saunders defeated Lemieux in the matchup which emanated from Laval, Quebec in Canada.  The main event peaked at 775,000 viewers.  It drew 0.19 in the A18-49 demo per ShowBuzz Daily.

The triple-header included Spike O’Sullivan’s seventh-round KO of Antoine Douglas which drew 668,000 viewers and peaked at 696,000 viewers.  The opening fight saw Yves Ulysse, Jr. KO Cletus Seldin.  The fight averaged 624,000 viewers with a peak of 717,000.  It drew 0.18 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The event drew better than last week’s BAD event that went opposite Loma-Rigo.  The 716,000 is a pretty good rating considering it went up against the UFC on Fox event.  Despite ESPN’s return to boxing, HBO is still producing boxing fans are tuning in to watch.

HBO Boxing After Dark draws 576,000 opposite ESPN Top Rank event

December 14, 2017

HBO Boxing After Dark event Saturday drew 576,000 for its main event featuring Miguel Roman and Orlando Salido.  The event was opposite the big Lomachenko-Rigondeaux ESPN telecast.

Roman won via TKO in the 9th round over Salido.  The fight peaked at 618,000 viewers.  According to ShowBuzz Daily, Roman’s win over Salido garnered 0.20 in the A18-49 demo.

The main event occurred after the conclusion of the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight on ESPN.  The ESPN matchup drew the second-highest rating for a boxing event on ESPN this year.  The co-main event saw Kenichi Ogawa score an upset victory over Tevin Farmer with 513,000 viewers watching the fight.  The matchup peaked at 587,000 viewers and 0.20 in the A18-49 demo.  The first fight on the telecast was Francisco Vargas defeating Stephen Smith via technical-decision after Smith could not continue due to an injury.  The fight averaged 486,000 viewers with a peak of 540,000.  It drew 0.20 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

It seems unfair to compare the ratings for this telecast with the ESPN Top Rank event held the same night which drew 1.73M viewers.  The 576,000 viewers for the main event is not that bad considering it was overshadowed Saturday night and was for the hardcore boxing fan.

Cotto retirement fight scores 944K on HBO

December 5, 2017

Miguel Cotto’s retirement fight against Sadam Ali drew 944,000 viewers on HBO Saturday night according to Nielsen.  The fight peaked with over 1 million viewers as fans saw Ali score a major upset over Cotto in his final fight.

Via ShowBuzz Daily, the fight drew 0.34 in the Adult 18-49 demo and 0.42 in Males 18-49 during the 12-round fight.  The fight peaked at 1,012,000 viewers.

The other fight of the telecast saw Ray Vargas defeat Oscar Negrete.  The win for Vargas drew 697,000 viewers and 0.23 in the Adult 18-49 demo.  It peaked with 697,000 viewers watching the fight.

Payout Perspective:

Only Terrence Crawford’s win over Felix Diaz this past May did better in peak viewership than Cotto’s last fight.  It was a very entertaining bout despite the feeling that Cotto would outclass his opponent.  The event went up against the UFC 218 PPV and viewership was fairly high which may mean that boxing fans tuned in due to it being Cotto’s last fight.

Kovalev fight draws second-highest rating boxing event on HBO this year

November 29, 2017

Coming back from his loss to Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev returned to HBO and drew one of the best ratings for a live event on the network this year.  According to Nielsen, his fight with Vyacheslav Shabranskyy drew an average of 869,000 viewers peaking at 900,000 viewers Saturday night.

Kovalev’s fight lasted just two rounds as he thoroughly outclassed Shabranskyy.  Only the Terrence Crawford-Felix Diaz fight on HBO this past May drew higher ratings for a live event.

There were three fights on HBO Saturday night.  In the first fight, Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Jason Sosa in somewhat of a controversial win.  The fight averaged 763,000 viewers and peaked at 846,000.  It also drew 0.24 in the A18-49 demo.  Sullivan Barrera defeated Felix Valera in the second bout of the evening.  The fight saw both men knock each other down in one round.  The event averaged 760,000 viewers and peaked with 805,000.  The event drew 0.25 viewers in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings show that Kovalev is still a viable draw for HBO.  His fight did not last long but based on the numbers, it’s clear that there is an audience for him even on a holiday weekend which could have buried this event.  We will see how/when Kovalev returns, the type of promotion he will receive.

Jacobs-Arias fight on HBO draws 706,000 viewers Saturday

November 15, 2017

The Daniel Jacobs-Luis Arias fight on HBO Saturday night drew 706,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

Jacobs’ victory over Arias peaked at 765,000 viewers.  The co-main event featured Jarrell Miller and Mariusz Wach drew 673,000 viewers and peaked at 739,000 viewers.  Miller defeated Wach in the heavyweight matchup.  The other fight on the telecast saw Cletus Seldin defeat Roberto Ortiz and drew an average of 532,000 viewers peaking at 556,000.

Also of note, the shoulder programming featuring Jacobs drew 265,000 viewers for the 15 minute lead-up to the event.

Payout Perspective:

The HBO telecast went up against ESPN’s boxing telecast which drew the second-highest rating since Top Rank and HBO partnered.  The ratings are good considering the competition on Saturday night which included the UFC and college football.

HBO Boxing telecast tops out at 613,000 viewer average for undercard

October 25, 2017

HBO’s Boxing telecast on Saturday night drew an average of 613,000 viewers for Demetrius Andrade and Alantez Fox per Nielsen according to ShowBuzz Daily. The main event between Albert Machado and Jezreel Corrales drew 545,000 viewers.

The 47 minute Andrade-Fox fight, which Andrade won, peaked at 685,000 viewers per Nielsen.  It drew 0.22 in the A18-49.  The Machado-Corrales fight peaked at 595,000 viewers and drew 0.20 in the A18—49 demo.  Machado defeated Corrales in the main event.

The first fight of the night was a taped bout from Ireland featuring Ryan Burnett defeating Zhanat Zhakiyanov averaged 576,000 viewers and peaked at 618,000.  The fight drew 0.17 in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

It’s not too often that the undercard outdraws the main event, but it happened this past Saturday.  This likely means that the casual viewers tuned in to watch boxing and did not know the fighters in the main event which is too bad.

GGG-Canelo replay on HBO draws 726,000 viewers

September 26, 2017

HBO’s Boxing telecast which included a replay of the GGG-Canelo fight drew 726,000 viewers via Nielsen.  The live fight of the telecast drew 687,000 viewers.

Saturday night’s event which replayed GGG-Canelo peaked at 840,000 viewers and drew 0.24 in the A18-49 demo.

The fight between Jorge Linares and Luke Campbell peaked at 726,000 viewers and drew 0.23 in the A18-49 demo.  Linares won via split decision.

Canelo PPV replays on HBO:

Canelo-JCC, Jr:  769,000

Canelo-Khan:  767,000

Canelo-Smith: 459,000

Canelo-Cotto:  901,000

Payout Perspective:

Despite the hype for this fight it is only third on the above list in terms of replay viewership.  This is surprising considering the draw and how most thought this

Rungvisai-Chocolatito draw 796,000 on HBO

September 15, 2017

HBO Boxing After Dark this past Saturday drew 796,000 viewers for the main event featuring the rematch of Sor Rungvisai and Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez.

The event featured 3 fights on the telecast and ran opposite UFC 215 this past Saturday.  The event was dubbed, “Superfly,” since it featured super flyweights on Saturday event.

The main event pitted the rematch in which Rungvisai knocked out Chocolatito in the fourth round of their super flyweight championship.  The peak occurred during their fight and scored 835,000 viewers.

The co-main event of the evening featured Japan’s Naoya Inoue defeating Antonio Nieves.  Inoue, perhaps the next challenger to Rungvisai, defeated Nieves after the banker featured in the Wall Street Journal the same day, did not come out for round 7.  The event drew 735,000 viewers and peaked at 770,000.

In the first fight of the evening, Juan Francisco Estrada defeated Carlos Cuardras.  The fight drew 608,000 viewers with a peak of 714,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

Very good ratings for the main event considering that this telecast focused on fights in some of the smallest weight divisions in boxing.  Many people had heard or saw the first fight between Rungvisai and Chocolatito and wanted to see they could match the action of their first fight.  It did not go to a decision but fans should have been impressed with Rungvisai’s stoppage of Gonzalez.

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