Spence’s KO Of Ocampo Nets 726K Viewers
Errol Spence only gave himself and Showtime three minutes to build an audience on Saturday night, yet he was still able to top the viewers of his last fight.
According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Spence’s first-round demolition of challenger Carlos Ocampo drew a peak audience of 726,000 to Showtime, with an average audience of 683,000 viewers.
The three minute trouncing would best Spence’s last performance, an eighth-round TKO of Lamont Peterson in January at Barclays Center, which would have a peak audience of 695,000 and an average audience of 637,000.
Spence would land a devastating body shot combination that would stop the fight with three seconds left in the round, as referee Laurence Cole would stop the fight as Spence retained his IBF welterweight title.
The Showtime tripleheader would also see Javier Fortuna as the victim of an unfortunate accident in his fight against Adrian Granados, as Granados would accidentally shove Fortuna out of the ring and hit his head on an object at ringside. The fight would be halted in the fourth round, delivering a no-contest as the Dominican Republic native would be wheeled out on a stretcher.
The telecast of the Fortuna-Granados fight peaked at 441,000 viewers and averaged 396,000 viewers.
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