Top Rank on ESPN Draws Big Rating For Fresno Doubleheader

ESPN’s live telecast of the Saturday, November 11 Top Rank on ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET to 12:15 a.m. ET) scored two major victories. The overall event delivered 0.9 metered market rating according to Nielsen, making it the second highest-rated boxing telecast on cable television in 2017. 

The featured co-main event, a battle between Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) and Enrico Köelling (23-2, 6 KOs) for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight world title, delivered a 1.0 metered market rating, making it the year’s second highest-rated boxing main event on cable television.

The sold out event featured two co-main bouts, Beterbiev vs. Köelling and Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs), vs. Mike Reed (23-1, 12 KOs).

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Also of note:

-          The November 11 Top Rank on ESPN scored two of the eight highest-rated bouts for cable television in 2017

-          The second co-main event (Ramirez vs. Reed) averaged a 0.7 metered market average, making it eighth highest-rated boxing event for cable television in 2017

-          Birmingham was the top local market, where the telecast averaged a 8.2 metered market rating, including a 10.8 rating during the first main event

-          New Orleans was the second highest-rated local market, where the telecast averaged a 4.3 metered market rating


Two more Top Rank on ESPN fights are scheduled for 2017—December 9 and 13.  Both are highly anticipated and the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux is regarded as the best fight card remaining on the 2017 boxing calendar. 

December 9, 9 p.m. ET Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App

Top Rank on ESPN from New York City’s The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 9 at 9 p.m. main event features Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) against Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), the first time two-time Olympic gold medalists have fought each other professionally at the highest level.  Lomachenko will defend his WBO junior lightweight world title against the reigning (WBA) super bantamweight champion Rigondeaux.

December 13, 6:30 a.m. ET Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App

Boxing's Cinderella Man and Brisbane, Australia’s favorite son, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, returns to the ring in the first defense of the world title he won off the legendary Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.  Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) will be risking his newly-minted World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against Top-10 contender Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs), of London.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=hectari;18205136]I think espn signed a long term deal with top rank, top ranks home is now espn, similar to ufc deal with fox. [/QUOTE] Right, but HBO was paying top dollar to feature the Top Rank fights that they broadcasted.…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 11-14-2017

I watched this card rather than the HBO card.

Comment by Califire209 on 11-14-2017

[QUOTE=El Gitano;18205824]You were there? I was there too. Found it funny how the crowd cheered when they announced the last round of the boring Beterbiev fight - happy it was ending.[/QUOTE] Yea I was there, I was looking foward to…

Comment by New England on 11-13-2017

[QUOTE=richardt;18207391]My provider charges me like 15 bucks a month for Showtime and 15 bucks a month for HBO but ESPN is part of the sports package which includes many channels so I dont see it as a premium channel like…

Comment by richardt on 11-13-2017

[QUOTE=New England;18207001]sad to say, espn isn't basic cable, at least not on comcast, the nation's biggest cable provider. they also followed a massive college football game, which explains why the ratings would look good. bunch of casual meatheads watching college…

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