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ESPN: Stiverne-Arreola Bout Was Ratings Success

ESPN’s live telecast of the Saturday, May 10, World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Championship fight between Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) delivered a 0.8 overnight rating according to Nielsen, making it the highest-rated fight on any ESPN network since 2003 (Monte Barrett vs. Eric Kirkland delivered a 1.3 overnight rating on October 3, 2003, on ESPN2). Stiverne defeated Arreola by TKO in the sixth round, making him the first boxer of Haitian descent to win a Heavyweight title.

Saturday’s fight is also tied for the third-highest-rated fight overall on any ESPN network (based on overnights, records date back to 2001).

Metered Markets:

·         The top 5 local markets for this fight were as follows:

1)     New Orleans, 4.1 metered market rating

2)     San Antonio, 2.2 metered market rating

3)     San Diego, 1.5 metered market rating

4)     Providence, 1.5 metered market rating

5)     Fort Myers, 1.3 metered market rating

·         With a 4.1 metered market rating, New Orleans saw its highest local market rating for boxing on any ESPN Network (records date back to 2001).

·         With a 2.2 metered market rating, San Antonio saw its highest local market rating for boxing on any ESPN Network (records date back to 2001).

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by superchamp on 05-15-2014

OK, I found this site that shows how to convert ratings to estimated viewers: [url]http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/08/27/whats-a-tv-rating-and-who-is-it-dating-2013-14-edition/199735/[/url] So for 2013/2014 a 1.0 rating = 1.16 million households = 2.95 million viewers. ...it pretty much means they take the nuclear family average of…

Comment by beez721 on 05-14-2014

[QUOTE=RSBonos;14552920]It was 900k+. Decent I guess, at least it didn't bomb. ESPN did little to no hype.[/QUOTE] hopefully this will motivate espn to air more heavyweight fights. Im so glad that fight did well

Comment by RSBonos on 05-14-2014

[QUOTE=Check;14552700]Not sure you could use that comparison because NBC is a national tv station. ESPN is a cable network, which not everyone has cable. A .7 may draw a lot more viewers for NBC, than a .8 for ESPN. Would…

Comment by Check on 05-14-2014

[QUOTE=superchamp;14548243]I don't know exactly what the 0.8 translates into viewership, but looking at the ratings for NBC's "Dateline" on Saturday night (also in the 8pm timeslot), its 0.7 rating translated to 3.91 million viewers. So is it possible that the…

Comment by doninlouisiana on 05-13-2014

[QUOTE=superchamp;14548243]I don't know exactly what the 0.8 translates into viewership, but looking at the ratings for NBC's "Dateline" on Saturday night (also in the 8pm timeslot), its 0.7 rating translated to 3.91 million viewers. So is it possible that the…

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