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Wilder-Arreola, 1.45 Million Viewers: Last Among Major Networks

By Keith Idec

According to The Nielsen Company, the Premier Boxing Champions telecast on FOX drew 1.45 million viewers in its prime time slot Saturday night.

Programming on each of the three remaining major networks out-performed the PBC broadcast headlined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s technical knockout victory over Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama. CBS’ rerun of “48 Hours,” which aired from 10-11 p.m. ET, mostly at the same time as the Wilder-Arreola title fight, drew 3.2 million viewers. ABC’s “20/20: In an Instant” produced 3.35 million viewers in its 9-11 p.m. ET slot.

In the 8-9 p.m. ET hour, when PBC mostly aired the Sammy Vasquez-Felix Diaz welterweight fight, ABC’s “People List” (1.96 million), CBS’ “Angel From Hell” (1.76 million) and NBC’s “Nitro World Games” (1.52 million from 8-11 p.m. ET) all drew more viewers than the PBC broadcast.

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PBC’s previous prime-time telecast on free TV, headlined by an enthralling welterweight brawl between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, was much more successful. That card, televised by CBS on June 25 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, peaked at 3.94 million viewers toward the end of the 12-round Thurman-Porter fight.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 07-23-2016

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Comment by North Star on 07-22-2016

[QUOTE=b morph;16888120]That's understandable. It seems like many average polish people in Chicago who aren't necessarily boxing fans seem to know who Fonfara is. I bet the same thing goes with broner in Cincinnati.[/QUOTE] Yep, exactly. And Crawford with Omaha.

Comment by b morph on 07-22-2016

[QUOTE=North Star;16887627]I'm from Cali, so I may be speaking as someone from the local vicinity with regards to that comment.[/QUOTE] That's understandable. It seems like many average polish people in Chicago who aren't necessarily boxing fans seem to know who…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-22-2016

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Comment by North Star on 07-22-2016

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