PBC on FS1 Saturday night draws 159K viewers another 74K on Fox Deportes

November 6, 2019

PBC on FS1 Saturday night averaged 159,000 viewers and an additional 74,000 viewers on Fox Deportes per Nielsen.

The FS1 telecast peaked from 12:15 am-12:30am with 198,000 viewers.  Notably, this was prior to the main event in Las Vegas featuring Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev as DAZN paused their event to await the finish of the UFC feature fight between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.

Also airing Saturday night were PBC studio specials promoting the upcoming Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz fight.  The Fox PBC Face-to-Face averaged 590,000 viewers from 12:21am-12:51am and PBC’s Fight Camp averaged 365,000 viewers from 12:51am-1:21am.

The telecast featured Brian Castano as he defeated Wale Omotoso in a battle between super welterweights.  Castano earned the victory.

Payout Perspective:

There was a lot of boxing on Saturday night including PBC on FS1, Top Rank on ESPN and the DAZN card featuring Canelo.  Not to mention the UFC card which sparked controversy for DAZN’s decision to wait for the card to end to begin the main event.  While the PBC ratings on Saturday was comparatively low, there is still general interest in the buildup for the Wilder-Ortiz fight.

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN draws 635,000 viewers Saturday

November 5, 2019

Top Rank Boxing on Saturday night drew 635,000 viewers on ESPN according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The telecast drew 268,000 in the A18-49 demo.

The telecast which aired during the UFC 244 PPV on ESPN+ and the Canelo-Alvarez undercard on DAZN featured Miguel Berchelt as he stopped Jason Sosa in the 4th round.  The battle between the junior lightweights took place at the Dignity health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Recent Top Rank on ESPN Ratings

10/19 Top Rank Boxing 635,000

8/17 Top Rank Boxing 471,000

7/13 Top Rank Boxing 530,000

6/28 Top Rank Boxing (Fri) 490,000

6/8 Top Rank Boxing (Sat – Fury Prelims on ESPN2) 493,000

5/25 Top Rank Boxing 556,000

5/11 Top Rank Boxing 740,000

5/4 Top Rank Boxing 480,000

Payout Perspective:

Identical ratings from the October 19th Top Rank Boxing telecast on ESPN.  On a night with UFC, PBC on FS1 and DAZN, 635,000 for this event has to be considered promising.  With the perceived debacle by DAZN to hold the main event until after the UFC card, boxing fans could have turned into this event on ESPN.

Friday Night Smackdown draws 888,000 on FS1

October 28, 2019

WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown drew 888,000 viewers on FS1 as the show was moved to the network due to the World Series on Fox.

Obviously with the move to cable, it was the lowest ratings the show has done since its move to the Fox Network.  A condensed version of the telecast also aired on Sunday on Fox after NFL Football.

The telecast drew 0.27 in the A18-49 demo and 0.41 in the M18-49 demo.

Payout Perspective:

One can throw out this low viewership rating due to the change in network and the fact it was opposite the World Series.  Yet, one can’t deny that the WWE has seen a steady decrease in viewership since its premier on Fox.  This, despite the continuous push of its programming on all of Fox’s outlets including during NFL football.

UFC Fight Night Boston main card draws 805K viewers Friday night

October 21, 2019

The UFC Boston card on Friday night drew 805,000 viewers on ESPN2 Friday night according to Nielsen per ShowBuzz Daily.

The Prelims drew 396,000 viewers for its 3-hour telecast prior to the main card.  The Prelims began at 6pm ET and 3pm on the west coast.  According to ShowBuzz Daily it drew 0.13 in the A18-49 demo.

The main card featured Chris Weidman as he took on Dominick Reyes in his light heavyweight debut.  Unfortunately for the former middleweight champion, he was stopped in the first round by the up and coming contender.  The 3-hour main card received 0.33 in the A18-49 demo.  It was the same A18-49 rating as the college football game between Syracuse and Pittsburgh on ESPN.

Payout Perspective:

For a Friday night UFC event, the ratings are pretty good when you consider that many casual fans associate Saturday night with UFC fights.  Perhaps a bit unexpected competition was the Houston-New York Game 5 of the MLB Playoffs on FS1 which drew over 5.6 million viewers.  The playoff games were moved back a day due to rain on Wednesday.  The main card did rank 6th in cable ratings for the night.

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.

PBC Fight Night on FS1 does its best rating since January

August 29, 2019

PBC Fight Night on FS1 this past Saturday drew 345,00 viewers according to Nielsen.  It was FS1’s best performance since January.

The telecast saw Brandon Figueroa KO Javier Nicolas Chacon in the fourth round in a Junior Bantamweight title fight.

According to Fox Sports, it was up 48% from Saturday’s average of FS1 PBC cards.  It peaked with 421,000 viewers in the 12:00am ET-12:15am ET quarter hour.

The event averaged 85,000 viewers on Fox Deportes.  According to Fox Sports, 432,00 viewers watch on FS1, Fox Deportes and Fox streaming services.

January’s PBC on FS1 event featured rising star Caleb Plant and drew 761,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

A decent rating for PBC on FS1 considering the card and the fact College Football’s return was the star of the night with the Miami vs. Florida game.  There was also the Bellator card on The Paramount Network although that didn’t do much of a dent in the ratings.

PBC on FS1 for Quillin-Truax drew 181,000 viewers

April 19, 2019

PBC on FS1 this past Saturday night drew 181,000 for the Peter Quillin Caleb Truax fight per Nielsen.  The event aired on a busy night for combat sports.

The event happened the same night as UFC 236 and the Shields-Hammer event on Showtime.  A portion of the PBC on FS1 event aired on FS2 due to an overrun with MLB Baseball on FS1.

The Quillin-Truax fight went to a no decision after an inadvertent head butt caused a bad cut on Truax in the second round.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are low due in part to the later start time and perhaps the confusion with the airing of the event.  The MLB overrun likely was a detriment to viewership.  Also, the event was likely overshadowed by the Shield-Hammer fight on Showtime.

PBC on FS1 Prelims score 421,000 viewers

March 19, 2019

The PBC on FS1 Prelims this past Saturday drew 421,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The PBC Prefight show which supported the Spence-Garcia PPV drew 404,000 on FS1.

The prelims on FS1 aired just one fight with heavyweight champion Charles Martin taking on Gregory Corbin.  Martin won via DQ over Corbin.

The prefight show which aired after the prelims previewed the main PPV card including the Spence-Garcia matchup.

Payout Perspective:

The viewership was fair considering just one fight on the aired prelims on FS1.  Did it do enough to sell the casual boxer on purchasing the PPV?  Hard to say considering that the fight ended in a DQ due to punches to the groin.  With the build for this PPV card, PBC did a good job in building excitement despite a poor PPV.

PBC on FS1 Saturday night draws 291K viewers

February 28, 2019

PBC on FS1 Saturday night drew 291,000 viewers.  The event featured Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim with Dirrell pulling out the technical decision.

The event took place at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The event peaked with 366,000 viewers during the co-feature of Jamal James and Janel Gonzales.

The telecast took place late on Saturday night on the east coast 10:30pm and ran over 3 hours which may have attributed to the decrease in ratings.  At this point, its hard to keep up with all of the MMA and boxing occurring each weekend.  There start at different times and different networks.  With such a late start time for a bulk of their audience, it’s easy to see why this telecast experienced a slight downturn in ratings.

PBC on Fox Sports Sunday night drew 761,000 viewers

January 15, 2019

PBC on Fox Sports 1 Sunday night drew 761,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The event drew 210,000 in the A18-49 demo and a 0.5 overall share.

The event featured Jose Uzcategui taking on Caleb Plant for the 168-pound IBF belt.  The Challenger, Plant, took the belt in an upset.

The telecast featured two other fights with KOs in them.

Payout Perspective:

This is a very good rating for an event that took advantage of the advertising during the Divisional Playoff weekend on Fox.  The Sunday night main event started after the Saints-Eagles game so that may have helped with fans.  This is a good start for the year for PBC on FS1 as it takes over full-time from the UFC.

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