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  • ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" Sees Lowest Season Audience Since Inception In '98

    ESPN2 averaged 409,000 viewers for its 26 “Friday Night Fights” telecasts this season, marking the series’ least-viewed season since its creation in ’98. The audience this season was down 25% from last season. This season’s schedule also saw increased competition from additional Friday night NBA games, as well as the London Games. In addition, the ’12 figure is down 19% from the audience two years ago. “FNF” peaked in ’06 with just over 600,000 viewers. From ’02-07, the series averaged between 450,000-550,000 viewers. The “FNF” telecast on April 13 was the most-viewed episode this year for a junior welterweight bout featuring Albert Mensah-Michael Katsidis (11:25pm ET start, latest all season). Below are the top five “FNF” telecasts from this past season.

    MOST-VIEWED ESPN2 "FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS" TELECASTS IN '12
    DATE
    START (ET)
    FEATURED BOUT(S) LOCATION
    VIEWERS
    (000)
    4/13
    11:25pm
    Albert Mensah-Michael Katsidis Las Vegas
    669
    1/27
    9:00pm
    Ruslan Provodnikov-David Torres/
    Ji-Hoon Kim-Yakuba Amida
    Airway Heights, Wash.
    594
    2/24
    9:13pm
    Juan Carlos Burgos-Cristobal Cruz Dover, Del.
    547
    1/13
    9:00pm
    Chris Martin-Teon Kennedy Las Vegas
    534
    6/8
    10:22pm
    Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon Las Vegas
    527

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