Junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford’s one-sided, 10th-round knockout of Dierry Jean on Saturday night in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, delivered an average of 1.071 million viewers for HBO’s live, first-time airing of the bout and peaked at 1.2 million, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.
It was a seven-percent improvement over Crawford’s other 2015 HBO appearance in April, when he knocked out Thomas Dulorme to win the vacant belt in a bout that averaged 1.004 million viewers as the opener of a split-site doubleheader topped by the Lucas Matthysse-Ruslan Provodnikov junior welterweight rumble.
Saturday’s broadcast also included two replays from the previous week’s HBO PPV event. The tape-delayed coverage of Gennady Golovkin’s eighth-round knockout of David Lemieux averaged 797,000 viewers and peaked at just over 1 million. The replay of flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez’s ninth-round knockout of Brian Viloria averaged 505,000 viewers and peaked at 685,000.
According to HBO, the audience for its “World Championship Boxing” series is up 14 percent from 2014. In fact, the top three most-watched HBO fights this year all out-performed last year’s best-performing fight on HBO (as well as on premium cable), which was the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera rematch.
In other viewership news, the Oct. 17 afternoon Premier Boxing Champions card on NBC, which was topped by Lamont Peterson’s disputed decision against Felix Diaz in their welterweight bout with the Terrel Williams-Prichard Colon welterweight co-feature (in which Colon suffered a traumatic brain injury), averaged a little over 1 million viewers (and peaked at 1.5 million) despite serious competition from the Alabama-Texas A&M, Oklahoma-Kansas State and Michigan-Michigan State football games.
The card was the fourth afternoon PBC on NBC card, all of which have averaged between 1 million and 1.2 million viewers.