Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim Peaks At Under 400,000 Viewers On FS1

The latest PBC on FS1 card to have a world title bout in the main event did not draw strong ratings.

The February 23 PBC on FS1 card, headlined by Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim for the WBC super middleweight title, averaged 291,000 viewers and drew a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demo, good for 126th on cable for the day. The card peaked at 366,000 viewers.

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Dirrell won the title with a technical split decision after a ringside doctor stopped the fight during the 10th round. The reason for the stoppage was a cut above Dirrell's left eye, caused by an accidental clash of heads, being too deep to allow him to continue. Yildirim was unhappy with the fight's result and recently traveled to the WBC headquarters in Mexico and ask WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for an immediate rematch. 

The viewership and ratings for the February 23 card are significantly lower than the final numbers from FS1's last PBC card that featured a world title fight. The last such card took place on January 13 with Caleb Plant vs. Jose Uzcategui for the IBF super middleweight title in the main event, averaged 761,000 viewers and drew a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

PBC's next FS1 card will take place on March 9 when it will televise a prelim card for the PBC on Fox card taking place later that evening. The FS1 prelim card will feature former world champion Juan Carlos Payano taking on Damien Vazquez as well as a welterweight bout between Eimantas Stanionis and Sammy Figueroa.

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