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PBC On Spike TV Ratings Results From April 24 Show

By Jake Donovan

The April 24 installment of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV played to 569,000 homes, including a 0.2 ratings among the coveted adults 18-49 market,  according to data obtained from Nielsen Media Research. The show was a considerable drop from the series premiere on Spike TV, with its March 13 edition drawing nearly 1 million viewers. 

Acknowledgment of a potential drop in ratings was expressed by PBC brass during fight week, though never to the point of concern. Heading into the show at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, there existed the realization of competing with a pair of NBA Playoff games on ESPN, both of which were the highest rated sporting events on the night.

The biggest televised story of the night, however, existed far beyond the world of sports, although involving a former athlete. 

ABC’s edition of 20/20 featured an exclusive interview with Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic Gold medalist-turned-reality star who is now undergoing a gender transition. Friday’s segment on ABC—his first interview with any media outlet since his life-altering announcement—drew a massive 16.9 million viewers, the highest rated first-run edition of 20/20 in more than 15 years. 

Regardless of network competition, the April 24 PBC on Spike TV episode was memorable only for the results that came of the night. 

Badou Jack scored a major upset in dethroning previously unbeaten super middleweight titlist Anthony Dirrell in the evening’s main event. The co-feature saw Daniel Jacobs pick up the pace in the 12th round of an otherwise pedestrian middleweight title defense versus Caleb Truax. Opening the show, Roberto Garcia recovered from a 1st round knockdown to claim an eight-round decision over James Stevenson in a junior middleweight bout.

The pairing of Jacobs and Dirrell made for a compelling backstory. Both are cancer survivors who’ve gone on to capture major titles, the only two fighters in history who can make such a claim. A touching 30-minute documentary ran the week prior to fight night on Spike TV, drawing rave reviews. 

As for the PBC on Spike TV series, it’s better luck next time. The next event takes place May 29 in Brooklyn, featuring Amir Khan versus Chris Algieri in a matchup of former 140 lb. titlists. In the co-feature, Brooklyn’s own Paul Malignaggi makes his return following a 13-month retirement-turned-hiatus as he faces Danny O’Connor in a welterweight battle.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxing maniac on 05-06-2015

[QUOTE=Pigeons;15623876]Next show will draw over 1M.[/QUOTE] Seriously ? Omar don't wanna fight anyone Figeroa vs Ricky Burns will draw over a million LOL really doubt it they can't even sell tickets in the dudes own home town bearly sold 1000…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 04-30-2015

[QUOTE=masterpatric09;15624097]He can not trick real boxing fans. Making millions giving us ****ty opposition works no more. Now if instead of Dirrell and jack who are boring as **** and nobody knows them except real aficionados, you can come with Matthysse…

Comment by JrRod on 04-30-2015

Well that's a bummer. Hope they learned from it and make the show better for the next one.

Comment by Deevel916 on 04-30-2015

Didn't even know there was a card on spike last Friday

Comment by masterpatric09 on 04-30-2015

He can not trick real boxing fans. Making millions giving us ****ty opposition works no more. Now if instead of Dirrell and jack who are boring as **** and nobody knows them except real aficionados, you can come with Matthysse…

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