2014 Boxing Ratings Wrap-Up

Putting together a list of the most-watched boxing fights of the year by myself poses a unique challenge. Both HBO and Showtime break up their boxing cards into multiple parts for ratings purposes that include both actual fights and bridge segments between fights, and to someone like me who’s just looking at the raw numbers it’s not at all clear which is which, especially when fights end in early knockouts – if you look at the chart you see I’ve listed two different time slots for one fight because I’m not sure my primary source identified which one was the actual fight correctly. I’m confident enough in the completeness of my sources that next year I’m probably going to do a chronological list of fight cards, similar to what I had for UFC last year, with all the numbers I have for them, and let you interpret them as you will. In the meantime, I’m going to take Dan Rafael’s top 16 fights of 2014 and use that as a baseline to extend the list as far as I can be reasonably confident in to a top 20, though I can’t be 100% certain there isn’t an interloper in the bottom four spots. The second table lists buyrates for all the PPV cards of 2014.

18-49 ratings, when available, from TV by the Numbers, TV Media Insights, or other sources. Household ratings for HBO/Showtime fights from SportsBusiness Daily, for ESPN from Son of the Bronx.

Top 20 Most-Watched Boxing Fights of 2014

Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

World Championship Boxing:
Cesar Chavez Jr. v. Vera

1.39

0.9

0.6

3/1 11:15 PM

HBO

2

World Championship Boxing:
Sergey Kovalev v. Bernard Hopkins

1.328

0.6

11/8 11:58 PM

HBO

3

World Championship Boxing:
Golovkin v. Rubio

1.304

0.5

10/18 11:12 PM

HBO

4

Boxing After Dark: Crawford v. Gamboa

1.208

0.4

6/28 11:09 PM

HBO

5

World Championship Boxing:
Marquez v. Alvarez

1.198

0.5

5/17 11:37 PM

HBO

6

World Championship Boxing:
Donaire v. Walters

1.147

0.7

0.4

10/18 10:30 PM

HBO

1.088

0.6

0.4

10/18 10:15 PM

HBO

7

Boxing After Dark: Provodnikov v. Algieri

1.046

0.4

6/14 11:50 PM

HBO

8

World Championship Boxing:
Salido v. Lomachenko

1.017

0.4

3/1 10:00 PM

HBO

9

Sergey Kovalev v. Cedric Agnew

1.006

March 29 HBO

10

World Championship Boxing:
Postol v. Aydin

1.002

0.4

5/17 10:30 PM

HBO

11

Boxing After Dark: Kovalev v. Caparello

0.99

0.4

8/2 11:00 PM

HBO

12

World Championship Boxing:
Golovkin v. Geale

0.984

0.4

July 26 HBO

13

Jean Pascal v. Lucian Bute

0.982

January 18 HBO

14

Showtime Championship Boxing:
Garcia v. Herrera

0.972

0.4

3/15 10:40 PM

Showtime

15

World Championship Boxing:
Bradley v. Chaves

0.966

0.5

12/13 11:48 PM

HBO

16

WBC Heavyweight Championship:
Bermane Stiverne v. Chris Arreola

0.94

0.7

5/10 8:00 PM

ESPN

17

Boxing After Dark: Rios v. Chaves

0.936

0.4

8/2 11:34 PM

HBO

18

Showtime Championship Boxing:
Floyd Mayweather v. Marcos Maidana II

0.925

September 13 PPV

19

Boxing After Dark: Korobov v. Uzcategui

0.909

0.3

6/28 10:48 PM

HBO

20

Boxing After Dark: Lemieux v. Rosado

0.908

0.3

12/6 11:28 PM

HBO

2014 Pay-Per-View Boxing Buyrates (in thousands)

Showtime Championship Boxing:
Floyd Mayweather v. Marcos Maidana II

925

September 13
Showtime Championship Boxing:
Floyd Mayweather v. Marcos Maidana

850

May 3
HBO World Championship Boxing:
Manny Pacquiao v. Timothy Bradley II

750

April 12
Showtime Championship Boxing:
Canelo Alvarez v. Alfredo Angulo

350

March 8
HBO World Championship Boxing:
Manny Pacquiao v. Chris Algieri

350

November 23
HBO World Championship Boxing:
Miguel Cotto v. Sergio Martinez

315

June 7
Showtime Championship Boxing:
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez v. Erislandy Lara

300

July 12

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