Month: December 2018

Joe Buck

AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK Remains No. 1 Show in All of Television

2018 FOX NFL REGULAR SEASON AVERAGES

  • AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK:
    • 22,119,000 Viewers (12.7 HH RTG)
    • Highest-Rated & Most-Watched Show for 10th Straight Year
  • FOX NFL SUNDAY:
    • 4,718,000 Viewers (3.1 HH RTG)
    • No. 1 NFL Pregame Show in its Time Period
  • NFL ON FOX:
    • 18,031,000 Viewers (10.3 HH RTG)
    • +2% over 2017 (vs. 17,659,000; 10.1 HH RTG)

FOX NFL KICKOFF

FOX NFL Finishes Regular Season Up 4% Among Metered Markets

The 2018 regular season for the NFL on FOX averaged an 11.7/24, up +4% over last year (vs. 11.3/23)

  • FOX NFL Week 17 Metered Market Ratings:
    • Regional window delivered a 9.9/22, up +29% over 2017 (VS. 7.7/16)
    • AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK delivered a 13.5/26, up +2% over last year (vs. 13.2/25)

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Former Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis and Joe Goossen Join Kenny Albert to Call FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT Featuring World Champion Charlo Twins Saturday

Former Lightweight Champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Hosts Chris Myers and Kate Abdo, Ring Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., Rules Expert Larry Hazzard Sr. and Reporter Heidi Androl Round Out Broadcast Team

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and legendary trainer Joe Goossen join blow-by-blow announcer Kenny Albert to call FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT and featuring the world champion Charlo twins live from Brooklyn on Saturday, Dec. 22 (8:00 PM ET) on FOX, FOX Deportes and streaming on the FOX Sports app. Adrian Garcia Marquez, Erik Morales and Jaime Motta call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In addition, the FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT broadcast features former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini as an analyst, and hosts Chris Myers and Kate Abdo. Veteran combat sports journalist Heidi Androl reports and interviews fighters, while International Boxing Hall of Famers Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Larry Hazzard Sr. join the show as ring announcer and FOX Sports PBC rules expert / unofficial scorer, respectively.

“We’re thrilled to put together a great group of boxing experts and broadcasters for the first Premier Boxing Champions show on FOX this weekend,” says Steve Becker, Vice President of Production, FOX Sports. “In addition, we’ll mix in several of the biggest boxers today on the broadcast, including heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, welterweight champion Keith Thurman and junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd, letting them add their insights and knowledge to the mix.”

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT features world champion twins Jermall and Jermell Charlo co-headlining a night of primetime action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) defends his WBC Interim Middleweight Title against late-replacement Matt Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs), while WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs) battles Tony Harrison (27-2, 21 KOs). A heavyweight showdown between Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) and Carlos Negron (20-1, 16 KOs) opens the evening.

FOX Sports PBC programming begins Thursday, Dec. 20 (2:00 PM ET) on FS2 and the FOX Sports app with the one-hour FOX PBC PRESS CONFERENCE, as host Abdo is joined Mancini and WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter to preview the fights on the card and interview fighters. Androl presides over the press conference.

On Friday, Dec. 21, the FOX PBC WEIGH-IN SHOW is telecast on FS2 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 1:30 PM ET, with host Abdo and analysts Porter and Mancini again on the desk, previewing the fights. Jimmy Lennon Jr. hosts the weigh-ins on stage, while Androl interviews fighters onsite.

Leading up to the fights, PBC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on the FOX PBC social pages. Follow @PBConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #PBConFOX fights Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the PBC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Deportes streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS PBC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK*
Thursday,

Dec. 20

2:00 PM FOX PBC PRESS CONFERENCE FS2

 

Friday,

Dec. 21

1:30 PM FOX PBC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2

 

Saturday,

Dec. 22

8:00 PM FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT FOX / FOX Deportes

*All programs available on FOX Sports App and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83

–FOX SPORTS–

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century Fox’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About Premier Boxing Champions
The Premier Boxing Champions series was created and is produced by Haymon Sports, LLC. It features the most accomplished and decorated array of international professional boxing talent across the most popular weight divisions.

FOX Deportes: Adrian Garcia Marquez, Mikey Garcia, Erik Morales, Jaime Motta and Jessi Losada

Erik Morales and Robert Garcia Join FOX Deportes As Boxing Analysts

LOS ANGELES –Boxing Hall of Fame member Erik “El Terrible” Morales  and renowned boxing trainer and former world champion Robert Garcia join FOX Deportes’ talent roster as boxing analysts for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

“With two boxing legends in Erik and Robert and three of the most preeminent voices Spanish-language television in Jessi, Jaime and Adrian, FOX Deportes will offer unparalleled boxing coverage,” said FOX Deportes VP of Production Orlando Silver. “They are the dream team and we couldn’t be more excited to bring their expertise and excitement to the viewers.”

The network’s new boxing lineup features eight top PBC boxing cards through the first four months of the year and PBC ESTA NOCHE, a sixty-minute preview show in the lead up to each PBC fight card. FOX Deportes’ PBC coverage kicks off Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 PM ET with twins Jermell and Jermall Charlo looking to defend their world titles live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Other top fights include WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman against Josesito Lopez on Jan. 26, WBA Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz against Miguel Flores on Feb. 16 and the highly-anticipated FOX Pay Per View showdown between IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence against four-weight world champion and current WBC Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia on Mar.16.

Broadcast veterans Adrian Garcia Marquez (host/blow-by-blow announcer) Jaime Motta (analyst/blow-by-blow) and Jessi Losada (Analyst) join the two boxing legends to call the action.

Inducted last year into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Morales is considered one of the top fighters of the last few decades and is the first Mexican-born fighter to win titles in four weight classes. During his career, he defeated world champions Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Junes, Kevin Kelley, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao and many others. His trilogy against fellow Mexican legend Barrera is considered one of boxing’s all-time great rivalries.

A top-notch boxing trainer, Garcia has been honored as the Trainer of the Year by The Ring Magazine in 2011 and the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2012. His training resume includes numerous world champions including brother Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Nonito Donaire, Abner Mares, Antonio Margarito and many more. Prior to his training career, Garcia enjoyed a successful boxing career that included winning the IBF Junior Lightweight title and finishing with a record of 34-3.

Garcia Marquez is one of the most recognizable voices in Spanish-language television. He recently served as the Spanish voice of the Los Angeles Lakers from 2013-2018 and won the “NBA Call of the Year” on two separate occasions. He returns to FOX Deportes where he called five World Series and MLB All-Star Games from 2005-2010.

One of boxing’s most recognizable bilingual talents, Motta has more than two decades of broadcasting experience and has been part of the broadcast team for some of the sport’s biggest fights. Motta also serves as a key member of the FOX Deportes team for both NFL and College Football.

Six-time Emmy Award winner, Losada began his career as the Spanish-language voice of the Los Angeles Rams and has since covered numerous Olympic Games, World Cups and world championship boxing events. He currently serves as the play-by-play announcer for the network’s presentation of Thursday Night Football.

The fights will also be streamed on the FOX Sports Go App.  Fans can also visit

www.foxdeportes.com and follow FOX Deportes on twitterInstagram andFacebook for live weigh-ins, results, analysis and highlights.

Click here to download photos of the FOX Deportes Boxing lineup.

Spanish Version:

Erik Morales Y Roberto Garcia Encabezan La Nueva Lista de Talento Del Boxeo De FOX Deportes

LOS ÁNGELES – El miembro del Salón de la Fama de Boxeo Erik Morales y el entrenador reconocido y ex campeón mundial Robert García encabezan se une a la lista impresionante del talento de boxeo en FOX Deportes.

“Con dos leyendas como Erik y Robert y tres de las voces mas preeminentes en la television hispana en Jessi, Jaime y Adrián, estamos seguros y FOX Deportes ofrece cobertura de boxeo sin paralelo”, dijo el Vicepresidente de Producción Orlando Silver. La emoción y el conocimiento de este grupo encaja perfectamente con las peleas de campeonatos mundiales en nuestro canal”.

El talento tomará parte en ocho carteleras de Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) por los primeros cuatro meses del anyo y PBC ESTA NOCHE, un programa de sesenta minutos en anticipación de cada cartelera. La cobertura de PBC en FOX Deportes arranca el 22 de diciembre a las 7 PM, hora del Este con una cartelera encabezada por los gemelos Jermell y Jermall Charlo defendiendo sus título mundiales en vivo desde el Barclays Center en Brooklyn.

Otras peleas estelares incluyen el Campeón WBA de Peso Welter Keith Thurman contra Josesito López el 26 de enero, el campeón WBA de Peso Pluma Leo Santa Cruz contra Miguel Flores el 16 de febrero y el muy anticipado evento de Pago Por Ver de FOX el 16 de marzo entre el Campeón IBF de Peso Welter Errol Spence contra el campeón en cuatro categorías y el actual campeón WBC de Peso Ligero Mikey García.

Other top fights include WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman against Josesito Lopez on Jan. 26, WBA Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz against Miguel Flores on Feb. 16 and the highly-anticipated FOX Pay Per View showdown between IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence against four-weight world champion and current WBC Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia on Mar.16.

Los veteranos de televisión Adrián García Márquez (narrador), Jaime Motta (analista) y Jessi Losada (analista) se unen a las dos leyendas del boxeo.

Elegido el año pasado al Salón de la Fama Internacional del Boxeo, Erik Morales es considerado uno de los mejores peleadores de las últimas décadas y es el primer boxeador mexicano en ganar títulos mundiales en cuatro categorías de peso. En su carrera, Morales venció a campeones mundiales Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Junes, Kevin Kelley, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao y muchos más. Se considera su trilogía contra su paisano y también leyenda Marco Antonio Barrera uno de las rivalidades más grandes en la historia del boxeo.

Uno de los mejores entrenadores actuales del boxeo, Robert García ganó el premio al Entrenador del Año en 2011 del Ring Magazine y en 2012 de la Asociación de Periodistas del Boxeo de América. Su currículum como entrenador incluye a numerosos campeones mundiales incluyendo a Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Nonito Donaire, Abner Mares, Antonio Margarito y muchos más. Antes de convertirse en entrenador, García tuvo una carrera exitosa como boxeador en la cual ganó el título IBF del Peso Super Gallo y terminó con una marca de 34-3.

García Márquez posee uno de las voces mas reconocidas de la televisión de habla hispana. Márquez recientemente sirvió como la voz en español del Los Ángeles Lakers del 2013 a 2018 donde ganó la “Narración del Ano” de la NBA en dos ocasiones. García Márquez anteriormente trabajó en FOX Deportes donde narró la Serie Mundial y el Partido de las Estrellas de las Grandes Ligas de 2005 a 2019.

Uno de los talentos bilingües más respetados del boxeo, Motta lleva dos décadas de experiencia y ha participado en algunas de las peleas mas importantes. Motta también sirve como un miembro integral de los equipos de NFL y el fútbol universitario de FOX Deportes.

El recipiente de seis Premios Emmys, Losada empezó su carrera como la voz en español del Los Ángeles Rams y desde entonces ha cubierto varios Mundiales, Juegos Olímpicos y peleas de campeonatos de boxeo. En FOX Deportes Losada sirve como el narrador del Thursday Night Football.

Las peleas también se pueden ver por FOX Sports Go.  Los fanáticos también pueden visitar www.foxdeportes.com y seguir FOX Deportes en TwitterInstagram and Facebook para pesajes en vivo, resultados, análisis y videos.

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Go Bowling! PBA Tour Premieres on FOX Sunday

Special Introduces Specto StrikeTrack Technology, Previews 2019 Tour

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces the premiere of the PBA CLASH on Sunday, Dec. 23, (2:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM ET), a 90-minute special featuring the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight stars and unveiling the unique Specto StrikeTrack ball-tracking analysis, which becomes a mainstay of FOX Sports’ coverage of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) competition in 2019.

FOX and the PBA have entered into a multi-year contract with Kegel for the use of their Specto ball-tracking technology StrikeTrack to provide real-time ball tracking during all events. Using Specto’s technology, StrikeTrack provides a completely new experience to the viewer with visual examples to support the action on screen. Viewers will see a live trace of the ball as it rolls down the lane, as well as ball speed, location and RPM, to name a few of the features. Watch an example here.

“We are extremely excited about this new technology to debut on our PBA events,” said Zac Fields, Senior Vice President, Graphic Technology & Integration, FOX Sports. “StrikeTrack is able to give insight into a match like never before to tell the story of exactly what’s happening. We believe this will take bowling coverage to another level. Designed specifically for bowling, StrikeTrack compares to FlightTrack for golf, which FOX introduced in 2015 and it’s now a standard in golf broadcasts.”

FOX PBA analyst Randy Pedersen is impressed by the StrikeTrack technology. “I’ve never seen anything like it. This lets the viewers see where the ball is going down the lane, the speed, power, and how it impacts the pins and why that resulted in a strike or not,” he said. “It really helps quantify my analysis.”

Held at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., the PBA CLASH is hosted by Rob Stone, with longtime PBA analyst Pedersen and reporter Kimberly Pressler. The telecast includes a $25,000 winner-take-all single-elimination competition with eight of the 2018 season’s leading money winners including Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Dom Barrett, Andrew Anderson, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Stuart Williams and Jakob Butturff.

The telecast also features profiles on the eight players, the announcement of the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year and the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, and a preview of the historic 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule of FOX and FS1 telecasts.

The PBA on FOX makes its 2019 debut on FS1 on Sunday, Jan. 6 (11:00 AM ET), with live coverage of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic finals on from the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

During the 2019 season, viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FOX and FS1 streams. The shows will be available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs will be available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

–FOX SPORTS–

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century Fox’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About PBA
Now in its 60th year, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. In 2018, the PBA celebrated its 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, FOX Sports, FS1 and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, FloBowling.com, GoBowling.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. Learn more at www.pba.com.

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FOX Sports Films Presents a MAGNIFY Movie Marathon on FS1 Starting Sunday, Dec. 30 at 6 AM ET

FOX Sports Supports and 21st Century Fox Amplify MAGNIFY’s Community Impact with Good Sports Partnership

Good Sports Website: https://www.goodsports.org/

LOS ANGELES – Wrapping up 2018, FOX Sports Films will air a movie marathon on FS1 featuring the first four MAGNIFY documentaries. Whether you missed the premieres, or you’d like to rewatch the series, you can binge-watch from Sunday, Dec. 30 at 6:00 AM ET to Monday, Dec. 31 at 6:00 AM ET.

MAGNIFY leverages sports as a lens for exploring important cultural stories and investigates the challenges, change, and unity they bring to communities. To amplify MAGNIFY’s connection to local communities through sports, FOX Sports Supports and 21st Century Fox partnered with Good Sports, a non-profit organization, to bolster youth sports in conjunction with the launch of SHOT IN THE DARK and THEY FIGHT.

The marathon line-up includes:

  •  2018 Sports Emmy®-nominated 89 BLOCKS, executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter for Uninterrupted, along with Sports Illustrated, brings an authentic perspective to the story of the East St. Louis High School football team through their challenges and heartwarming triumph during the 2016 season.
    89 BLOCKS Trailer: http://bit.ly/2hUf85h
  • SHOT IN THE DARK, executive produced by Dwayne Wade and Chance the Rapper, follows Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and its stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor as they aspire for greatness under inspirational head coach Lou Adams, facing systemic inequities that threaten to claim their future.
    SHOT IN THE DARK Trailer: http://bit.ly/2EzwflT
  • NOSSA CHAPE, from Sports Emmy®-nominated directors Jeffrey Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist (The Two Escobars, Pele: Birth of a Legend), focuses on the 2016 plane crash involving Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, and how the city strove to overcome the tragedy.
    NOSSA CHAPE Trailer: https://bit.ly/2A5PQpz
  • The latest MAGNIFY film, THEY FIGHT, from Common’s Freedom Road Productions and Argent Pictures with partner Drew Brees, follows young boxers Ragahleak “Peanut” Bartee, Quincey Williams and Lamar “Twin” Odoms’ journeys with the Lyfe Style Boxing program in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8.
    THEY FIGHT Trailer: https://bit.ly/2BjlfqC

Set to debut in 2019, Q BALL, from executive producer and Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant, follows the lives of the San Quentin Warriors — teammates and inmates at “The Q,” California’s San Quentin State Prison.

Good Sports is focused on giving all kids the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to children in need. For SHOT IN THE DARK, 21st Century Fox announced a $25,000 matching campaign for donations made to Good Sports, totaling $50,000 of support for youth athletic programs in Chicago. For THEY FIGHT, Good Sports celebrated the release of the film with the addition of a boxing donation initiative to their Equip-A-Kid program, while FOX Sports Supports and 21st Century Fox donated $20,000 to the organization to supply boxing equipment to the Washington, D.C. area. Please visit www.goodsports.org/shotinthedark and www.goodsports.org/theyfight to find out how you can help

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times are subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Sunday, Dec. 30 6:00 AM Nossa Chape FS1
8:00 AM 89 Blocks FS1
9:30 AM Shot in the Dark FS1
11:00 AM They Fight FS1
3:30 PM Nossa Chape FS1
5:30 PM 89 Blocks FS1
7:00 PM Shot in the Dark FS1
8:30 PM They Fight FS1
Monday, Dec. 31 1:00 AM They Fight FS1
2:30 AM Shot in the Dark FS1
4:00 AM Nossa Chape FS1

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century Fox’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, including FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, with instant scores, the latest stats and real-time alerts available to iOS and Android devices. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

–FOX SPORTS–

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NFL on FOX Week 15 Continues Rising Trend in Overnight Ratings

FOX NFL Week 15 singleheader registers a 12.4/26, up +7% over last year’s overnight rating (vs. 11.6/25) ranked as the best overnight for a singleheader this season on broadcast.

FOX NFL SUNDAY

  • 3.8/10 metered market rating
  • +9% vs. last year (vs. 3.5/9)
  • Best metered market rating for FOX NFL SUNDAY this season and for a regularly scheduled airing of the pregame show since 2016

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Thursday Night Football

2018 Thursday Night Football Increases +4% vs. 2017 10-Game Thursday Night Football Average

Thursday Night Football Streaming Platforms Up +66% vs. 2017 10-Game Thursday Night Football Average
Week 15 Chargers-Chiefs Is 2nd Most-Watched Thursday Night Football Game This Season

New York, NY – Capped off by the Los Angeles Chargers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 last night, the 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season delivered an average audience of 14.9 million viewers, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon and Yahoo Sports, up +4% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (vs. 14.2 million).

The Nielsen-measured audience averaged 14.3 million viewers (8.7 HH RTG), up +3% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (vs. 13.8 million viewers; 8.4 HH RTG).

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 24.4 million viewers in over 200 countries and territories for the entire THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL season, up 33% (vs. 18.4 million in 2017). Amazon Prime Video and Twitch delivered an average minute audience of 500K viewers, up 61% (vs. 310k in 2017). Across all digital platforms (FOX Sports app, NFL.com, NFL app, Amazon Prime, Twitch, Verizon, Yahoo!) through eleven games this season, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL produced an average minute audience of 728K up +66% over last year (vs. 439K).

The 2018 finale matchup on Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light on Thursday, December 13 was seen by an average audience of 18.1 million viewers across all platforms, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon and Yahoo! Sports, making it the second most-watched Thursday Night Football game this season. Last night’s 18.1 million viewers is up +67% versus last year’s comparable Week 15 matchup (vs. Denver @ Indianapolis; 10.9 million viewers).

The Nielsen-measured audience for last night’s game was 17.4 million viewers (10.5 HH RTG) – up +64% versus the 2017 Week 15 Thursday Night Football game (vs. 10.6 million viewers; 6.5 HH RTG).

Digital streaming across Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital platforms, FOX Sports digital platforms and Yahoo Sports for last night’s game produced an average minute audience of 897K – an increase of +104% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (vs. 439K) and up +209% versus last year’s Week 15 Thursday Night Football matchup (vs. 290K).

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 2.4 million combined viewers worldwide for the FOX NFL Thursday pregame show and the Chargers-Chiefs game. For the Chargers-Chiefs game alone, 2.2 million worldwide viewers initiated a stream on Prime Video or Twitch. The average worldwide audience watching Thursday Night Football for at least 30 seconds on Prime Video or Twitch was 622K.

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Thursday Night Football Package Grows 7% vs. 2017

  • Last night’s Thursday Night Football finale (Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs) delivered a 12.4/22 metered market rating
    • FOX’s second best Thursday Night Football rating of the 2018 season
    • +68% over last year’s comparable Week 15 matchup (vs. 7.4/13)
  • Inaugural Thursday Night Football season on FOX averaged a 10.3/18 among metered markets, up +7% over last year (vs. 9.6/17)

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FOX Sports Premieres INSIDE PBC BOXING this Saturday

WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter and Former Three-Division World Champion Abner Mares Serve as Analysts with Veteran Host Kate Abdo

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports today announces the premiere of its new studio show INSIDE PBC BOXING on FOX on Saturday, Dec. 15 (3:00 PM ET). INSIDE PBC BOXING is the official show of Premier Boxing Champions, hosted by Kate Abdo, along with analysts WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter and former three-division world champion Abner Mares. The show also features FOX Sports boxing insider Mike Coppinger, who will add breaking news and special reports.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to be expanding PBC boxing programming with this studio show,” said Steve Becker, FOX Sports Vice President of Production. “We look to go inside the stories of the PBC boxers with in-depth interviews and feature profiles, as well as previews of upcoming fights and breakdowns of the most-recent, thrilling matchups. Having current boxers Shawn and Abner working with us will provide some honest commentary on what’s happening in the sport right now.”

Porter, who makes his first title defense against top-rated challenger Yordenis Ugas live on FOX on Saturday, March 9, 2019 is excited to be a part of the studio show: “Honestly, sports is my thing! It’s a Cleveland thing. That’s what we do back home.” Porter continued, “So, I always knew past competing, I’d want to be involved in TV, talking boxing. To be doing this show on FOX right now is an incredible opportunity for myself, especially because I know the treats [that are] about to be delivered on network television to all the boxing fans out there.”

While Mares is waiting for his next opponent to be announced, he’s enthusiastic about the studio opportunity as well: “I’m thrilled to be a part of FOX Sports’ new boxing show, INSIDE PBC BOXING and working with Kate, Shawn and Mike. I’m looking forward to talking to the biggest names in boxing, helping break down the most exciting fights, and telling viewers what’s really happening inside the ring.”

As a boxing enthusiast, who’s also hosted several FOX PBC Fight Nights, Abdo is thrilled to be a part of the regular studio show. “As a huge boxing fan, I could not be more excited to host FOX’s new INSIDE PBC BOXING show. The PBC stable is second to none, and I can’t wait to shine a light on all that talent. Talking boxing with Shawn and Abner will be zero work, all pleasure.” She’ll also continue to host FOX PBC Fight Nights throughout the year.

Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) won the WBC belt with a decision victory over Danny Garcia in September. The Akron, Ohio native won the IBF Welterweight title against Devon Alexander on Dec. 7, 2013, then defended it in April 2014 with a two-knockdown, fourth-round stoppage of two-division champion Paulie Malignaggie, before losing a majority decision loss to England’s Kell Brook in August 2014. His only other loss came in a Fight of the Year-caliber unanimous decision to champion Keith Thurman in June, 2016.

Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) is a strategic and crowd-pleasing boxer-puncher. His five-fight run between August 2011 and May 2015 produced world championships at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Born in Mexico, Mares’ split decision win over Jesus Cuellar in December 2016 regained him a 126-pound title, but he lost it in a second classic clash with fellow Los Angeles-based, three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in June of this year.

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FOX Sports Premieres INSIDE PBC BOXING this Saturday (142 kB, last updated December 2018)