Charlos’ PBC Card Peaks at 2.421 Million
The Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card featuring the Charlo twins defending world titles was the second-most viewed boxing program in the United States this year, according to Nielsen.
The event, starting a new deal between the PBC and FOX, took place on Dec. 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. An average of 1,971,000 watched the entire three-hour broadcast, while the program reached a peak audience of 2,421,000 during the main event, which saw Jermall Charlo defend his interim WBC Middleweight Title against Matt Korobov.
The average viewership of the entire show finished at 2,114,184 when adding in viewers from FOX Deportes (135,000) and FOX streaming platforms (8,184). This is a significant improvement from the Andre Berto vs. Devon Alexander PBC card that aired on FOX last August, which averaged 941,000 viewers with a peak of 1,266,000.
The peak and average audiences for the Charlos’ PBC card were only bested this year by the Oct. 13 Top Rank telecast from Omaha, Nebraska, that saw Terence Crawford retain the WBO Welterweight Title against Jose Benavidez Jr. However, the four 2018 boxing cards on FOX, a basic US cable channel, averaged 337,000 more viewers than the 14 Top Rank cards, aired in the U.S. on ESPN.
PBC, run by Al Haymon, and FOX agreed to a four-year deal back in September. This deal will see 10 PBC events aired on FOX per year beginning in 2019, with another 12 cards per year airing on cable channels FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Deportes.
In the co-main event of the Dec. 22 PBC event, Jermell Charlo lost his WBC Super Welterweight Title to Tony Harrison via a controversial majority decision. In the opening bout, Dominic Breazeale scored a ninth-round knockout of Carlos Negron.
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