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Berchelt-Vargas Rematch Peaked At 1,099,000 Viewers

By Keith Idec

The Miguel Berchelt-Francisco Vargas rematch drew a peak audience of over one million Saturday night.

Nielsen Media Research revealed that ESPN’s broadcast of Berchelt’s technical-knockout victory over Vargas peaked at 1,099,000 viewers. Berchelt basically battered a faded Vargas until Vargas’ trainer, Joel Diaz, instructed referee Jay Nady to stop their scheduled 12-round, 130-pound title fight following the fifth round.

The Berchelt-Vargas doubleheader, which also included a 122-pound championship rematch between Emanuel Navarrete and Isaac Dogboe, attracted an average viewership of 740,000.

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Mexico’s Navarette (27-1, 23 KOs) stopped Ghana’s Dogboe (20-2, 14 KOs) in the 12th round of a one-sided fight at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Navarette, who defeated Dogboe by unanimous decision to win the WBO junior featherweight title December 8, knocked down Dogboe once apiece in the sixth and 12th rounds Saturday night. Dogboe’s trainer/father, Paul Dogboe, threw in the towel following the second knockdown.

Later Saturday night, Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs) defeated Vargas (25-2-2, 18 KOs), his Mexican rival, by TKO for the second time in two years. Berchelt stopped Vargas in the 11th round of a January 2017 fight to win the WBC super featherweight title.

ESPN’s ratings for Saturday’s Top Rank show were significantly higher than viewership for its three-bout broadcast the previous Saturday night. That telecast, headlined by IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev’s fifth-round knockout of Radivoje Kalajdzic, was watched by an average audience of 480,000 on May 4.

The Beterbiev-Kalajdzic show went head-to-head with DAZN’s live stream of the Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title unification fight. Alvarez-Jacobs was commonly considered the biggest boxing match thus far thisS year in the United States.

The start of ESPN’s 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT telecast Saturday aired at the same time as a “FOX on PBC” main event between Julian Williams and Jarrett Hurd.

Williams-Hurd, a “Fight of the Year” candidate Williams won by unanimous decision, peaked at 2,108,000 viewers. FOX’s three-fight broadcast, which lasted nearly three hours, was watched by average audience of 1,385,000 viewers.

FOX, one of the four major broadcast networks in the United States, is available in approximately 119 million homes. ESPN, a basic cable channel, has roughly 87 million subscribers in the U.S.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by killakali on 05-16-2019

[QUOTE=Gambino;19745259]The networks don't give a damn how many old people watch your show. Top Rank overperformed in most key demographics which is why it was ranked 7th on cable. PBC on the other hand underperformed in most key demographics and…

Comment by Bobby Deez on 05-15-2019

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;19744972]What's funny is NASCAR on FOX's smaller cable channel FS1 drew drastically higher ratings then PBC did on FOX the bigger network with more viewers available to watch. NASCAR starting at 7:35PM did 2.177M viewers on FS1 PBC starting at…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-15-2019

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;19744958]They finished 7th compared to all 100+ cable channels for the entire day and 3rd best for their specific time slot. Where as FOX finished dead last for their time and dead last for any program on Network TV. I…

Comment by Worick on 05-15-2019

[QUOTE=Detroit29;19745644]So this went head to head with PBC and lost by 1 million viewers? And nobody can say that Hurd and Williams are house hold names and they did 2 million homes. But but but PBC tho..will be dead in…

Comment by Detroit29 on 05-15-2019

So this went head to head with PBC and lost by 1 million viewers? And nobody can say that Hurd and Williams are house hold names and they did 2 million homes. But but but PBC tho..will be dead in…

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