Our last “Ratings Report” felt a bit… downbeat.
We endured poor showings from Glory kickboxing and MMA World Series of Fighting, and it felt a little unclear if Premier Boxing Champions really had a success or not.
But this time we’ve got a few winners.
On Saturday night, the HBO Boxing broadcast of Miguel Cotto’s middleweight title defense against Daniel Geale was a knockout — in the ring, and in the ratings.
Per our friends at MMAPayout.com, the show drew an average of 1.59 million viewers, making it the third-highest rated boxing broadcast of 2015. The show, held in Brooklyn, NY, featured only the one championship bout with no undercard, with the heavily favored Cotto proving odds makers right with a dominant fourth round knockout of his challenger.
The year’s top-rated boxing broadcast was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s knockout of James Kirkland last month. A Cotto vs. Alvarez bout is expected to be scheduled later this year.
Saturday also featured the broadcast of UFC Fight Night 68, which, as MMA Payout reports, scored an above average rating. The event, also known as UFC Fight Night:Boetsch vs. Henderson, drew 950,000 viewers for the main card, and 782,000 for the preliminary bouts. Both were shown on Fox Sports 1.
The show was headlined by Dan Henderson’s first round knockout of Tim Boetsch in a middleweight attraction.