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.

Bellator 187 peaks with 1 million viewers during McGregor run in

November 15, 2017

According to Nielsen, the Conor McGregor interruption this past Friday at Bellator 187 drew 1 million viewers on SpikeTV in the quarter hour that the event occurred.

As you recall, McGregor charged the cage after his teammate’s first round KO.  McGregor then proceeded to go after referee Marc Goddard.  The event occurred in the first quarter hour of the Bellator tape-delayed telecast on Spike TV.  The news on social media spread and many tuned in to watch the antics.

In comparison, Bellator 186 peaked at 800,000 viewers during Phil Davis’ fight.

Overall, Bellator 187 drew 621,000 viewers in DVR +3 ratings.

Payout Perspective:

The 1 million viewers is a peak threshold not seen by Bellator on Spike TV since Bellator 175 this past spring.  It says something that McGregor’s appearance was the likely reason many tuned in considering the peak was in the first quarter hour and most telecast peak as the event progresses.

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN draws 1.487M viewers Saturday night

November 14, 2017

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Saturday night drew 1.487 million viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The main event saw Jose Ramirez defeat Mike Reed in a junior welterweight matchup.  The victory keeps Ramirez in line for a shot at the title vacated by Terrence Crawford.  In addition, Artur Beterbiev beat down Enrico Koelling to win the vacant IBF World Light Heavyweight title and remains undefeated.

Surprisingly, the ratings rank 2nd behind the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN.  The event’s lead-in was the Alabama-Mississippi State game which drew over 7 million viewers.

Headliners for Top Rank on ESPN since July 2016 and the telecast overall rating:

7/1/17:  Pacquiao-Horn – 2.812 million

8/19/17:  Crawford-Indongo – 965,000

8/05/17:  Lomachenko-Marriaga – 728,000

9/23/17:  Valdez-Servania – 706,000

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are a success for Top Rank as the fighters on the card are not really known to the casual boxing fan.  Still, the placement on ESPN after a big college football game likely aided the ratings in this case.  It is hard to think that this telecast did far much better than one with Terrence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko on it.

UFC Fight Night 120 draws 837,000 viewers on FS1; prelims score 726,000

November 14, 2017

Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 120 on FS1 drew 837,000 viewers. The prelims scored 726,000 viewers on FS1.

The main card was highlighted by a bloody main event between Dutin Poirier and Anthony Pettis. Poirier scored the victory when Pettis tapped due to injury. The prelims featured Marlon Moraes over John Dodson.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, the main card drew 0.34 in the A18-49 demo while the prelims drew 0.28.

The pre-fight show (7-8:05pm ET) on FS1 drew 272,000 viewers and the post-fight show (1:10-2:10am ET) drew 369,000.

Payout Perspective:

The event improved over the last two televised Fight Nights due in part to better matchups overall.  The ratings, including the prelims and post-fight show, are very good considering they want up against boxing on ESPN and HBO and college football.

With McGregor cameo, Bellator 187 draws 575,000

November 13, 2017

Bellator 187 drew 575,000 viewers on Spike TV Friday night.  The event was highlighted, or marred based on what you think, with Conor McGregor storming the cage and confronting referee Mark Goddard.

The ratings are up slightly from last week’s Bellator 186 from the campus of Penn State.  Bellator 187 was taped delay from Dublin, Ireland.  McGregor had come to the cage to celebrate with his teammate Charlie Ward after a first round KO.  The fireworks occurred less than 15 minutes into the Bellator telecast.

Payout Perspective:

I think that there are some that tuned in just to see how the McGregor incident played out instead of the highlights on social media.  I would have expected a bigger bump but since this was tape delayed, many already saw as much as they wanted of McGregor.

Statement issued on McGregor antics at Bellator event

November 11, 2017

The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation and the Association of Boxing Commissions issued a statement related to Conor McGregor’s antics at a Bellator event in Dublin, Ireland on Friday.

McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman, stormed the cage after his training partner Charlie Ward won his fight against John Redmond via first-round TKO.  McGregor shoved referee Marc Goddard when he attempted to stop McGregor from celebrating in the cage.  The UFC lightweight champion proceeded to go after Goddard and almost trampled the still fallen Redmond.

The full statement via MMA Junkie:

“While the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) was regulating Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, on November 10, 2017, the following events took place during the Ward vs Redmond bout.

“Mr. Conor McGregor who was a spectator at the time, disrupted the event by scaling the cage prior to the conclusion of the bout. Mr. McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants by delaying necessary medical attention to the fighters that were injured during the round.

“In addition, Mr. McGregor assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff.

“The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.

“The MTDAR has also contacted members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners that have licensed Mr. McGregor in their jurisdictions to inform them of Mr. McGregor’s behavior.”

Payout Perspective:

McGregor’s presence probably helped with Bellator ratings as the fight was taped-delay on SpikeTV and news of the incident swirled on social media.  The question of whether any penalty aside from maybe a fine will transpire.  Certainly, the UFC should have some sort of fine for McGregor although I would expect no suspension of any kind.  The company probably does not like it that he gave publicity to Bellator and likely that is the only real issue with the incident for the UFC.

Nature Boy 30 for 30 doc premiere scores big in ratings

November 11, 2017

This past Tuesday’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on professional wrestler “Nature Boy” Ric Flair drew 1.831 million viewers.  It was the highest-rated cable program on Tuesday.

The documentary, directed by Rory Karpf, looked at the life and times of Ric Flair including the good and bad of the character and person.  The documentary was heavily publicized and Flair did promotion for the documentary across ESPN platforms.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, it was the most-watch cable program on Tuesday for the 18-49 demo with 1.41 million viewers.  For those wondering, WWE Smackdown on the USA Network drew 1.820 million viewers.

Payout Perspective:

I would say nostalgia is one of the reasons why this documentary did so well in the ratings.  Of course, being the most-watched in the 18-49 demo says a lot about the cultural relevance of the Nature Boy character.  The documentary was well-done and offered something from the casual pro wrestling fan to the ones that watched Flair in the 1980s as a youth.

TUF 26 Episode 9 draws 239,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday

November 10, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26, episode 9 drew 239,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The show featured two quarterfinal fights as Roxanne Modafferi stopped Emily Whitmire and Sijara Eubanks defeated DeAnna Bennett.  The episode focused on the weight-cutting of Eubanks as she struggled to make the mandatory weight while Lauren Murphy was waiting to replace her.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are a nice rebound from last week’s low rating due in part to Game 7 of the World Series.  Still, Wednesday’s ratings is below the 242,000 season average.

PFL draws 238K unique viewers for last Thursday’s online event

November 9, 2017

The Professional Fighters League announced it drew its largest online audience ever for its card last Thursday.  The online streams provided 238,000 unique views.

The four-bout card was on a Thursday and went up against NFL Thursday night football, NBA and NHL on television.  The event was headlined by Blagoy Ivanov vs. Caio Alencar.  It was a special Fight Night in Washington, DC as part of a “Fight for Children” event helping underserved youth.

Payout Perspective:

The viewership is impressive as a Thursday night MMA event is rare and it seemed overshadowed by the UFC 217 lead-up.  Still, the 238,000 unique viewers is better than the television viewership from its last NBC Sports Network show which drew just 153,000 viewers.  We’ll see if this means PFL will consider more shows online.

Wilder-Stiverne II draws 824,000 viewers on Showtime

November 7, 2017

The Deontay Wilder-Bermane Stiverne rematch on Showtime Saturday night drew 824,000 viewers and peaked at 887,000 according to Nielsen Media research.  The fight lasted just 2 minutes and 59 seconds as Wilder destroyed Stiverne sending him to the canvas 3 times.

According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, it was the second-most watched Showtime fight of 2017.  The Mikey Garcia-Adrian Broner fight averaged 881,000 viewers and peaked at 937,000 in July 2017.  Garcia won that matchup.

In the co-main event fight of the telecast on Saturday, Shawn Porter defeated Adrian Granados.  The event averaged 646,000 viewers and peaked with 696,000 viewers.  Also, Sergey Lipinets win over Akihiro Kondo drew 427,000 viewers peaking at 530,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

Strong ratings for the rematch although their first fight in January 2015 drew 1.24 million viewers.  But, it was just a fight that lasted less than 3 minutes so if you tuned in late, you missed it.  The viewership is great considering it went up against UFC 217 which received a lot of buzz and viewership in its own right.  The ratings show Wilder’s star is gaining traction with casual boxing fans which is great for Showtime.

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