Crawford-Diaz draw 961,000 viewers on HBO

May 23, 2017

The Terrence Crawford-Felix Diaz fight on HBO Boxing drew 961,000 viewers on Saturday night per ShowBuzz Daily.

Crawford dominated the fight against Diaz.  Per ShowBuzz Daily, it drew a 0.37 rating in the A18-49 demo.

The other fight on the telecast between Raymundo Beltran and Jonathan Maicelo drew 687,000 viewers on HBO.

Previously, Crawford drew 982,000 viewers for his fight this past February against Hank Lundy.  In October 2016, Crawford drew 1.07M subscribers against Dierry Jean.  In April 2015, he drew 1.004M subscribers against Thomas Dulorme.

Payout Perspective:

The telecast was opposite a Showtime show so there may have been a split in viewership.  Crawford is one of HBO’s prized boxers but will he get a shot at the upper echelon?  The one sure way is a big fight with Manny Pacquiao.  The ratings reflect that his viewership is around 1 million viewers but if he’s to return to PPV, he’ll need a Pacquiao fight to do so.

Tape-delayed Bellator 179 draws 607,000 viewers

May 22, 2017

Bellator 179 on Friday night scored 607,000 viewers on a tape delayed event from the UK on Spike TV.  The event featured Rory McDonald’s debut in Bellator and he earned the win over Paul Daley via submission.

ShowBuzz Daily reports that it drew 0.24 in the A18-49 demo.  The show aired Friday night starting at 9pm ET.

The event was slightly less than last month’s live event and better than the two previous events.

Payout Perspective:

This event could have done much better than 607,000 viewers but the ratings are on par with other Bellator live events.  So the question is whether Spike TV would be willing to uproot its normal programming to air an event on a Friday afternoon instead of Friday evening.  Obviously, it was not willing to do it.  One would think that if they did show it live, they would be a need to replay it later that night for those that missed it.  But, at a time when everything is live, it’s somewhat odd to have an event on via tape delay (unless of course it’s the Masters).

TUF 25 Episode 5 draws 301,000 viewers

May 18, 2017

The 5th Episode of TUF 25 drew 301,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night.  The ratings are the exact same as the 5th Episode of TUF 24.

It drew a 0.13 in the Adult 18-49 demo.

Ironically, the Live + SD rating is the same of last season’s TUF 24 Episode 24.  TUF 23 Episode 5 drew 361,000 viewers.

Also of note, last week’s DVR ratings for Episode 4 drew 543,000 viewers which makes it the most-watched episode this season.

Canelo-Chavez replay draw 769,000 on HBO

May 17, 2017

The replay of the Canelo Alvarez- Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. fight drew 769,000 viewers this past Saturday night on HBO per ShowBuzz Daily.

Canelo’s May fight against Amir Khan drew 767,000 for the replay on HBO.  He drew 459,000 HBO subscribers for his September 2016 fight against Liam Smith.  His 2015 fight with Miguel Cotto drew 901,000 subscribers for its replay.

Payout Perspective:
The lower ratings probably did not impact the PPV buys as it is reported that it will be over 1 million buys for the Cinco De Mayo weekend fight.  The ratings might be lower than the Cotto fight for the simple fact that news got around that the fight was a walkover.  In addition, it was on a night with UFC 211 on that night.

UFC 211 Prelims draw 1.148M (UPDATED)

May 16, 2017

UPDATED:  The Prelims on FX peaked with 1.360,000 viewers during the last quarter hour of the show.  The UFC 211 Prelims on FX drew 1.184 million viewers according to ShowBuzz Daily.  It was the best showing for the PPV Prelims on FX and the best showing for a PPV prelims this year.

It drew 0.50 in the A18-49 demo per ShowBuzz Daily.  (UPDATED) Per Nielsen, the viewership equaled 643,000 viewers.  The Prelims this time around increased dramatically in the A18-49 demo.  The fight card on FX featured Dustin Poirier versus Eddie Alvarez which ended in a controversial no-contest.

UFC PPV Prelims on FX:

UFC 211 Prelims: 1.148 million viewers

UFC 188 Prelims:  727,000 viewers

UFC 154 Prelims:  980,000 viewers

Notably, the NASCAR event on FS1 that replaced the UFC Prelims drew 2.62 million viewers for a 260-minute showing.  FX, which has served as a home away for home at times for the UFC, has more subscribers than FS1.

In addition, the UFC PreFight Show on FX drew 522,000 viewers (0.22 A18-49) and the post-fight show on FS1 drew 329,000 viewers (0.09 A18-49 demo).

Payout Perspective:

FX has more subscribers than FS1 which may bode well for the event.  The 1.148 million viewers may show that fans were interested in this event which featured a strong fight between two lightweights.  This could help PPV buys as the show is used to entice viewers to buy the PPV.

TUF 25 Episode 4 draws 348,000 viewers

May 11, 2017

TUF 25 episode 4 drew 348,000 viewers on Wednesday on FS1 per ShowBuzz Daily.  The episode is up in ratings from last week.

The fight of the episode featured James Krause and Jonny Nunez.  Krause, a UFC veteran, defeated Nunez.  The episode also featured appearances by Miesha Tate and Clay Guida.

The episode drew 0.14 ratings in the adult 18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

The NBA Playoff game between Washington and Boston drew 3.756 million viewers on TNT.  Game 7 of the NHL Playoffs between Pittsburgh and Washington drew 2.480 million viewers on NBC Sports Network.  Notably, the ratings in the adult 18-49 demo was down from the prior week.

TUF 25 Ep 3 adjusted ratings up to 497,000

May 10, 2017

The adjusted ratings of episode 2 of TUF 25 drew 497,000 viewers on Live +3 according to Nielsen.  It reflects a 38% increase over its Live + SD rating of 324,000 viewers on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

Notably, the increase in DVR viewership is down from the last two seasons of TUF. But, the increase for this episode is up 53% than the past two seasons (36% and 40%).

TUF 25 Episode 3 draws 324,000 viewers

May 4, 2017

TUF 25 episode 3 drew 324,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per ShowBuzz Daily.  It drew 0.12 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.

The ratings are down slightly from the second episode which drew 372,000 viewers.

In the fight of the show, Jesse Taylor defeated Megdi Baghdad by unanimous decision.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are off from the past two episode 3s of the TUF series (TUF 23: 414,000, TUF 24: 441,000).  It also is off from its adult 18-49 demo drawing 0.12.  The NBA Playoffs paced the night in cable sports with Washington-Boston on TNT garnering over 4.8 million viewers.

TUF 25 Episode 2 DVR ratings increase by 38% over Live +SD

May 3, 2017

The adjusted ratings of episode 2 of TUF 25 drew 514,000 viewers on Live +3 according to Nielsen.  It reflects a 38% increase over its Live + SD rating of 372,000 viewers on FS1.

Payout Perspective:

Notably, the increase in DVR viewership is about the same with TUF 23 last spring (39% increase).  TUF 24 saw an increase of 42% this past fall.

Joshua-Klitschko produce ratings for Showtime and HBO

May 2, 2017

The Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight on Saturday produced big ratings for both Showtime and HBO.

The live event on Showtime drew 659,000 subscribers and 0.24 in the A18-49 demo per ShowBuzz Daily.  The pre-event on Showtime drew 308,000 subscribers.  The post-fight on Showtime drew 401,000 viewers.

The replay main event on HBO drew 738,000 subscribers and 0.22 in the A18-49 demo.  The Canelo/Chavez shoulder programming which followed the HBO showing of the fight drew 315,000 viewers and 0.11 in the A18-49 demo.

On a separate note, PBC on FS1 drew 300,000 viewers Saturday night.  The 101-minute event starting at 10:19pm ET drew 0.08 viewers in the A18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

Excellent ratings for both showings and you can see that more people watched the HBO replay.  There are more subscribers to HBO and with the afternoon showing on Showtime, some probably could not watch it live.  Of course, maybe some like Lampley, Kellerman and Jones more.  Still, Showtime produced a great event and embraced the big event feel at Wembley Stadium.  The ratings on Showtime do not surpass the Broner-Granados fight earlier this year but again, this was a mid-afternoon fight on the west coast so that may have impacted viewership.

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