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Volume 24 No. 158

Research and Ratings

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