WWE Friday Night Smackdown week 3 reflects another decrease in viewers

October 19, 2019

WWE Friday Night Smackdown drew 2.44 million viewers last night according to Nielsen via Television By Numbers.  The ratings show another week-to-week decrease in overall viewership since the show debuted 3 weeks ago.

The 2-hour telecast did draw a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 adult demo which was the most for the night on the networks and a 4 share which tied for the most on Friday night.  But the overall ratings reflect a drop-in viewership.  Fox was third behind CBS, ABC and NBC in viewership in the time slots.

According to a breakdown from ShowBuzz Daily, the viewership actually gained in the second hour from 9-10pm which shows improvement but still falls behind the big 3 networks.  Fox did do better than the CW Network in these timeslots.

Payout Perspective:

Cause for concern?  Friday night is not the best night for programming and its clear that audiences have yet to gravitate to SmackDown yet.

AEW’s third episode draws 1.014M viewers, NXT draws 712K

October 17, 2019

All Elite Wrestling bested NXT Wednesday night for the third straight week although both telecast showed declines in ratings over the previous weeks.

All Elite Wrestling on TNT drew 1.014M viewers, a 0.44 share in the P18-49 demo and a 0.65 in the M18-49 demo.  NXT on USA drew 712,000 viewers, a 020 share in the P18-49 and a 0.27 in the M18-49 demo.

AEW was the 5th highest rated cable show on Wednesday.  Notably only VH1 Network had a higher rating during both the 8pm and 9pm hours with AEW on TNT second.

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Week 1: 1.4M viewers

Week 2:  1.018M viewers

Week 3: 1.014M viewers


Week 1: 1.179M viewers *1 hour

Week 2: 1.006M viewers *1 hour

Week 3: 890,000 viewers

Week 4: 790,000 viewers

Week 6: 712,000 viewers

ONE Championship draws 264,000 viewers

October 16, 2019

ONE Championship’s airing of its big card from Tokyo, Japan on Saturday night drew 264,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The event featured many of the top stars from the promotion including Demetrious Johnson as he won the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix title over Danny Kingad.  The event aired late Saturday night on the east coast (11pm) and after the UFC Fight Night event and Bellator on the Paramount Network.

The event drew a 0.09 share for its 126 minutes on TNT.

Payout Perspective:

The telecast bested Bellator on the Paramount Network earlier in the evening.  It also showcased the best of its roster with the exception of Eddie Alvarez.  While 264,000 viewers might not be a huge audience, one has to believe that it is a baby step in finding inroads into the U.S.

Bellator MMA 230 draws 202,000 on Paramount Network

October 15, 2019

Bellator MMA 230 on the Paramount Network Saturday night scored 202,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The telecast featured Rafael Carvalho as he took on Vadim Nemkov in a light heavyweight bout.  Nemkov submitted Carvalho who was making his debut at light heavyweight.  The event took place from Milan, Italy.

Bellator 230:  202,000 viewers

Bellator 229:  301,000 viewers

Bellator 227:  276,000 viewers

Bellator 226:  DAZN

Bellator 225:  285,000 viewers

Bellator 224:  325,000 viewers

Bellator 223:  386,000 viewers

Bellator 222:  DAZN

Bellator 221:  DAZN

Bellator 220:  DAZN

Bellator 219:  307,000 viewers

Bellator 218:  255,000 viewers

Bellator 217:  349,000 viewers

Bellator 216:  DAZN

Bellator 215:  365,000 viewers

Bellator 214:  697,000 viewers

(does not include DVR + 3 ratings)

Payout Perspective:

Ratings for the Bellator telecast this past Saturday were very low as has been the norm for its overseas events.  One Championship’s airing on TNT later on Saturday actually fared better.  Bellator on Paramount Network is averaging below 400,000 viewers per telecast as it seems that most viewers are tuning into DAZN to watch DAZN events rather than Paramount.

NXT Episode 2 draws 1.006M viewers

September 27, 2019

The second episode of NXT on the USA Network scored 1.006 million viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The ratings reflect a decrease in viewership from last week’s rating of over 1.17 million viewers.

It was the second week of WWE programming on the USA Network as it gets a head start on Turner’s debut of All Elite Wrestling on TNT.  The competition will surely bring about the best in content for the pro wrestling fan.

With the news that AXS TV will carry Impact Wrestling on Tuesday night’s, we are seeing a renaissance for the pro wrestling fan.

Next week’s debut of AEW will certainly take away some live viewers from NXT although we will have to see the impact on how many households turn into wrestling Wednesday nights.

PBC on FS1 draws 282,000 viewers

September 24, 2019

PBC on FS1 Saturday night drew 282,000 viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily. The event featured Alfredo Angulo as he defeated Peter Quillin via split decision.

The event took place in Bakersfield, California at the Rabobank Arena.

In addition, Thomas Dulorme defeated Terrel Williams in a co-feature on the event.

Payout Perspective:

This past August, PBC on FS1 drew 345,000 viewers making it the best rating on the network since January. The 282,000 viewers is fairly strong for this event and at a late time slot on Saturday night.

NXT Episode 1 on USA Network draws 1.179M viewers

September 19, 2019

The debut of WWE’s NXT on the USA Network Wednesday night drew 1.179 million viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It was the first show on cable television for the WWE-owned “developmental” roster of sports entertainers.

The debut gets a head start on the debut of the new AEW wrestling promotion that will be shown on TNT.  The competition will be reminiscent of the “Monday Night Wars” that happened during the 1990s when WWE and WCW competed head-to-head against each other on USA and TNT.

The WWE’s NXT had been shown exclusively on the WWE Network.  The show’s second hour will still be shown on the Network while the first hour will be on the USA Network.

The ratings made it the 4th highest rated cable show on Wednesday night.  It also drew a 0.43 rating in the A18-49 demo.

Notably, the highest-rated show on the USA Network the Wednesday preceding NXT’s debut was an episode of Suits which drew 965,000 viewers.

Right off the bat, we see that the WWE on Wednesday night will bring an immediate impact in ratings.  When AEW debuts one might expect a decrease in the viewership as the audiences will be split (assuming, as rumors indicate, that AEW and NXT will be shown at 5pmPT/8pmET.

Bellator 226 payouts

September 13, 2019

MMA Payout obtained the payouts from this past Saturday’s Bellator event in San Jose.  Ryan Bader, Cheick Kongo and Emmanuel Sanchez topped payroll for the night.

Per the California State Athletic Commission:

Christopher Gonzalez  $10,000  (no win bonus)

Luis Vargas  $1,200


Hyder Amil  $2,000/$2,000 win ($4,000)

Ignacio Ortiz  $1,500


Renato Valente Alves $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Abraham Vaessau  $3,000


Batsumberi Dagsvadorj  $1,500/$1,500 win ($3,000)

James Terry  $3,000


Cass Bell  $5,000/$5,000 win ($10,000)

Isaiah Rocha  $1,200


Jessica Borga  $4,000/$4,000 win ($8,000)

Amber Leibrock  $12,000


Adam Piccolitti  $22,000/$22,000 win ($44,000)

Jake Smith  $13,000


John Teixeira  $17,000/$17,000 win ($34,000)

Ashleigh Grimshaw  $10,000


Cornelius Savage  $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Evan Gubera  $1,200


Daniel Gonzales $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Jonathan Adams  $1,200


Peter Ishiguo  $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Elias Anderson  $1,200


Alan Benson  $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Favian Gutierrez  $1,200


Tyson Miller  $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Albert Gonzales $1,200


Ivan Batinich  $1,200/$1,200 win ($2,400)

Daniel Compton  $1,200

Daniel Carey  $8,500/$8,500 win ($17,000)

Gaston Balanos  $10,000


Emmanuel Sanchez  $55,000/$55,000 win ($110,000)

Tywan Claxton  $60,000


Pedro Carvhalo  $20,000/$20,000 win ($40,000)

Sam Sicilia  $30,000


Adam Borics  $25,000/$25,000 win ($50,000)

Patrick Curran  $60,000


Derek Campos  $60,000 (no win bonus)

Daniel Straus  $55,000


Ryan Bader  $100,000

Cheick Kongo  $100,000

Payout Perspective:

Sanchez is the surprise earner for Saturday but he did draw a $55K/$55K contract for the $110,000 he made over Tywan Claxton.  Most of the prelim fighters were on the $1,200/$1,200 tier with few exceptions.

UFC 242 Prelims on FX draws just 222,000 viewers

September 10, 2019

The UFC 242 Prelims on FX drew just 222,000 viewers on Saturday morning per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The event aired early due to the event being held in Abu Dhabi.

Usually on ESPN, the telecast moved to FX to accommodate College Football on the ESPN networks.  The Prelims did air on ESPN+ in addition to FX.

The feature bout of the Prelims saw Joanne Calderwood defeat Andrea Lee via split decision.  In addition, the telecast saw two stoppages with Ottman Azaitar knocking out Teemu Packalen with a vicious punch that sent Finnish fighter down to the canvas face first.  Also Sarah Moras was able to stop Liana Jojua in round 3.

Payout Perspective:

Even though the UFC did its best to tell its fans, the move to FX from ESPN hurt the ratings for this telecast although one might expect that the PPV sales on ESPN+ were good.  The early start time likely hurt the broadcast as well.

PBC on Fox draws 1.04M viewers for Saturday night broadcast

September 1, 2019

PBC Boxing on Fox drew 1.04 million viewers in fast nationals according to Nielsen via Television By Numbers.  The telecast competed with College Football on ABC which drew 6.13 million viewers.

The PBC main attraction featured Erislandy Lara as he defeated Ramon Alvarez with a stoppage in the 2nd round of their 12 round super welterweight title fight.  The event drew a 0.3 rating in the A18-49 demo and a 2 share.

2019 PBC on Fox (fast nationals)

August 1.04M

July 880,000

June (Sunday) 1.007M

May 1.21M

April 1.01M

March 1.34M

February 1.26M

January 1.72M

The Auburn-Oregon game on ABC was the highlight game of the first full weekend of College Football and drew 6.13 million viewers.  It drew a 1.7 in the A18-49 demo and a 10 share.

Payout Perspective:

To be honest, I did not even realize that PBC had an event on national television.  The Vasiliy Lomachenko fight on ESPN+ somewhat overshadowed this card as Lomanchenko’s unanimous decision victory took place earlier in the afternoon.  Yet, over 1 million viewers improves upon July’s ratings despite a busy Labor Day weekend.

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