ATLANTA - The series premiere of Premier Boxing Champions - The Next Round on Bounce TV on Aug. 2 was a knockout success.
The live telecast delivered 459,000 total viewers and averaged 333,000 Households between 9:00 p.m.-12:15 a.m., with a peak audience of 667,000 total viewers and 444,000 Households. This live telecast also delivered 255,000 Adults 25-54 and 195,000 A18-49.
Bounce TV aired an immediate encore of PBC - The Next Round after the live event and the two telecasts combined reached nearly two million unique viewers.
The network also streamed the PBC - The Next Round live on BounceTV.com which saw a usage increase of more than 300% on Sunday night. (Click here to watch the telecast.)
Bounce TV's debut of PBC - The Next Round was also met with glowing media reviews, including: "Smashing debut" (Bleacher Report) and "The debut of PBC: The Next Round on Bounce TV was a success" (USA Today).
The inauguralPBC - The Next Round consisted of three exciting fights. The main event sawJuan Carlos "Baby Pacquiao" Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) defeat Rau'shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) in a close, 12-round split decision to retain his Bantamweight Title.
In the first bout of a four-man super welterweight tournament, John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Dennis Laurente (49-6, 30 KOs). The second tournament bout featured a hard-hitting fight in which Jorge Cota (25-1, 22 KOs) defeated Yudel Jhonson. The winners of this tournament, Cota and Jackson, will fight on PBC - The Next Round on Bounce TV in November.
Fred Hickman (CNN Sports, ESPN) hosted PBC - The Next Round, Fran Charles (NFL Network, MLB Network) called the blow-by-blow action and former Super Welterweight World Champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout provided insight and analysis.
PBC - The Next Round returns Fri. Sept. 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) with the schedule of fights to be announced shortly.
The event was showcased by Premier Boxing Champions