Boxing TV ratings have been on a slow but steady increase again in the United States, in keeping with the seemingly growing popularity in the sport once again worldwide (particularly in the UK).
But the US market’s growth for the sport had slowed in the last 12-18 months or so following the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao pay per view record breaker in May 2015.
While it was the biggest fight of all time for numbers, it had an adverse effect in some ways (pay per view for example) on the sport in the States.
The new network TV model for boxing seems to be working in the US however.
New stars are now also breaking through and starting to emerge on the boxing scene in America, coupled with the significant backing the TV series Premier Boxing Champions has received and their strong schedule in late 2016 and early 2017, the sport is starting to perform very well numbers-wise again.
TV By The Numbers have released the weekend’s TV ratings below in the States on network television during the time period that the world welterweight fight on Saturday between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia was on.
It makes for positive reading for the sport of boxing:
As you can see, the Premier Boxing Champions telecast smashed what the NBA basketball league did on Saturday night.
It’s not often you’d see boxing do that over the last year and a bit in the US. Lets keep the momentum going as a sport, worldwide.