Crawford-Molina Fight Peaked at 871K Viewers, Averaged 806K

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford’s domination of John Molina Jr. was the most-watched of six bouts broadcast by HBO and Showtime on Saturday, either live or on delay.

Crawford-Molina peaked at 871,000 viewers and averaged 806,000 viewers, according to figures released by Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday. The Crawford-Molina match mostly went head-to-head with Showtime’s offering of the Abner Mares-Jesus Cuellar featherweight title fight, which peaked at 327,000 viewers and averaged 368,000.

Crawford (30-0, 20 KOs) picked apart the overmatched Molina (29-7, 23 KOs) until he knocked him out in the eighth round of a “World Championship Boxing” main event from CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

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The card headlined by Crawford-Molina also drew a crowd of 11,270, bigger than the crowds that assembled for Crawford’s first three fights at the downtown arena in his hometown.  

The co-feature of HBO’s broadcast, a mostly one-sided bout between veteran lightweight contender Ray Beltran and Mason Menard, maintained an average viewership of 636,000 and peaked at 751,000 viewers.

Phoenix’s Beltran (32-7-1, 20 KOs, 1 NC) dropped Menard (32-2, 24 KOs), of Rayne, Louisiana, with a counter left hook early in the seventh round. Menard managed to get to his feet, but referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight at 51 seconds of that round.

HBO’s telecast opened at 9:35 p.m. ET with a delayed telecast of Joseph Parker’s heavyweight title victory over Andy Ruiz.

Parker (22-0, 18 KOs), an emerging star from New Zealand, defeated Ruiz (29-1, 19 KOs), of Imperial, California, by majority decision in their 12-rounder at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Judges credited Parker with winning by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114.

Their fight was tactical and mostly uneventful. It took place mostly between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. ET in the United States.

Despite that fans knew the result, and that Parker-Ruiz didn’t exactly enthrall the masses, it drew an average of 521,000 viewers. Parker-Ruiz also peaked at 585,000 viewers.

Parker, an Auckland native, won the WBO world heavyweight title England’s Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) gave up in mid-October to focus on his recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and depression.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ThatDude44 on 12-14-2016

They won the numbers game, cool, but Showtime definitely had the better matchups.

Comment by O.K.! 2.0 on 12-13-2016

The problem with Showtime & PBC is there not building fighters up like HBO, Arum, etc. has been doing for decades! Look at the few super stars showtime had of the pass 15-20 years! They all come from HBO! PBC…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 12-13-2016

Showtime had the better fight on paper but it's simple why the ratings tanked and HBO killed them. Showtime used to get close to 1m viewers just a few years ago were neck and neck in ratings with HBO. Then…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 12-13-2016

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;17275907]Al Haymon. No one but racially biased fans like his boxing product. Showtime has become basically the D-League of boxing. All the top P4P guys are at HBO. And even when guys with P4P talent fight on Showtime, they…

Comment by Shadoww.702 on 12-13-2016

Stephen Espinoza clearly didn't get the memo. Moron![QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;17274810]Showtime: We run the industry. :rofl:

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