This past weekend we saw WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成]score his first defense of the Flyweight title, defeating Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12) [田口良一] over 12 rounds in Gifu. Today we have been informed of the TV ratings for the bout, or rather at least some of figures.
The figures that have been released were the average figures for Kanto, Kansai and Tokai which we assume would be for TBS, MBS and CBC.
The show got an average of 3.6% in Kanto, 3.% in Kansai and 6.1% in Tokai. Figures that aren't huge, and certainly don't come close to matching those of the biggest names in Japan, but still add up to being well over 3 million viewers.
It's worth noting that it's quite hard to compare these like for like with other TV figures, given that it had an early slot of 4PM, and is being compared to prime time slots on much more attractive days. Still it gives a bar for which to compare Tanaka's fights going forward, and does show him to be a clear star in his home region, even if that fame hasn't yet stretched into the other markets.
On New Year's Eve TBS showed the WBO Super Flyweight world title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23), which saw Nietes take a controversial decision to become a 4-weight world champion.
The bout was part of a strange hybrid broadcast with "Sasuke 2018", and today the ratings for the entire show was released, in 3 parts.
The show was broken into various parts for the TV rating, all of which are averages and not a peak number, starting at 6.5%, rising to 6.9% for parts 2 and 3 in the Kanto region. In Kansai it was 4.2% for the first part, rising to 4.8% and then topping off at 5.9%.
We've not go specific details on which part correlates to what was being shown, though out understanding is that the middle portion of the show was the Ioka Vs Neites bout.
A 6.9% rating in Kanto is around 3,000,000 people whilst a 4.8% in Kansai is just over 1,000,000 and 5.9% in Kansai is around 1,350,000. We suspect these will be disappointing numbers for TBS, who sadly dropped their traditional Kyokugen show for Sasuke 2018.
Interestingly Rizin 14, on Fuji TV on New Year's Eve, reportedly got 7.5% in Kanto and 8.2% in Kansai, accounting for around 5,110,000 viewers for the exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Tenshin Nasukawa.
On December 30th fight fans got their year ending Fuji TV show, a show that was dubbed the "Triple", yet only actually showed 2 of the 3 world title bouts that took place.
The broadcast saw a WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion being crowned, as Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] out pointed Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and also saw WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] successfully defending his title against Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10).
Today we saw various sources reporting the basic TV rating of the broadcast, which hit 6.3% in Kanto and 8.8% in Kansai.
To put that into raw numbers the show got around around 4,730,000.
Sadly we've not been given the information as to whether that was an average or a peak.
Given that the show didn't have a recognised star, for example Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], it's hard to know how Fuji will feel about those numbers. To put the numbers into some perspective Naoya Inoue's bout with Juan Carlos Payano averaged 8.4% of the Kanto region and peaked at an impressive 12.6% in the region.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] battle against Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10) in a bout for the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title.
The bout was aired live on internet service Abema TV, giving fans across Japan, and those who use VPN's, a chance to watch the fight live.
The live broadcast of the fight peaked with a credible audience of 2.2 million viewers.
Compared to what top fighters get in Japan the number isn't an amazing one, in fact it's around what TV Tokyo would get for one of their bigger bout a few years ago. It should be noted however that the fight was on a work day, so it didn't have the opportunity to draw a weekend audience or a holiday audience as we typically see with televised fights. It also shows, that Tomoki isn't the huge draw that his family perhaps see him as.
It's worth noting that in the build up to today's first Kameda's father, Shiro Kameda, suggested a possible bout between Tomoki and Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥], on today's figures it would have to be on Fuji TV, and Inoue would be strongly favoured.
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One Sunday Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a a notable on Fuji TV. The main event saw WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] defend his title, with a 70 second win over Dominican challenger Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9), whilst the chief supporting bout saw WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] stop Milan Melindo (37-4, 13).
Today the TV numbers for the Kanto region we released.
The broadcast averaged 8.4% of the Kanto region and peaked at an impressive 12.6% of the audience share, with some speculating that the short length of the main event may have lead to a lower peak than expected. On the flipside of that Inoue's quick win may help increase numbers for future fights the fans now knowing he could take opponents out at any moment, and he has certainly seen a lot of press talking about the bout, which may also help intrigue in future bouts.
In raw numbers that's around 3.6 million watching on average from the Kanto region with a peak of 5.5 million viewers.
It should be noted that we haven't yet seen the specific break downs of the actual fights or the numbers from the Kansai region yet.
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