Wilder vs Washington Viewed By More Than 2.5 Million

Saturday’s exciting Premier Boxing Champions on FOX heavyweight title fight, which saw undefeated champion Deontay Wilder successfully defend his belt with a sensational KO in the fifth round against Gerald Washington, peaked with 2.57 million viewers from 10:00 PM ET – 10:15 PM ET, according to Nielsen Media Research. The full card, featuring three bouts from 8:00 PM ET – 10:15 PM ET, averaged a 1.2/2 rating with 1.862 million viewers. Viewership was up +6% vs. FOX’s last PBC event that aired July 2016 (1.76 million viewers). Among Adults 18-49, Saturday’s fight card was +7% better than last July’s PBC event on FOX (602,000 vs. 564,000).

The top markets on Saturday were led by Birmingham, Wilder’s hometown, which did a 7.6/12, followed by Detroit with a 3.0/5 and Columbus with a 2.3/4.

Saturday night’s PBC on FOX fight card currently ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched nationally rated boxing event of 2017 and is the best since August of 2016 on NBC (PBC Event).

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On FOX Deportes, the fight brought in 68,000 viewers, making it the fourth-most watched PBC event to date on the network.

Following the main event on FOX, PBC action moved to FS1 from 10:21 PM ET – 12:20 AM ET and averaged 357,000 viewers, making it the most-watched PBC on FS1 show to date. It was up +55% from the network’s Saturday PBC average (230,000 viewers). Among A18-49, it was up +37% (106,000 vs. 77,000). The PBC on FS1 audience peaked with 405,000 viewers from 10:45 – 11:00 PM ET. The fights on FOX Deportes had 55,000 viewers.