Stevenson-Jack Peaks At More Than 600,000 Viewers
The viewership numbers for the May 19 Showtime Championship Boxing split-site telecast are in.
The May 19 broadcast, headlined by the Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack WBC light heavyweight title fight, averaged 535,000 viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. The main event, which took place in Toronto, peaked at 611,000 viewers, with both men fighting a competitive 12-round bout that ended in a majority draw. One judge had Jack winning 115-113 while the other two judges scored the fight a 114-114 draw. As a result of the draw, Stevenson successfully retains his title for the ninth consecutive fight.
As for the opening bout of the world title doubleheader, viewership for that fight, a WBC featherweight title fight between Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz in Maryland, reached a peak audience of 567,000 viewers. The average viewership for that fight was approximately 487,000 viewers. Russell retained the title with a unanimous decision win over Diaz.
Viewership for the May 19 telecast is significantly lower than Showtime’s previous telecast on April 21. That broadcast was headlined by Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas which ended in a majority draw. Viewership for Broner-Vargas peaked at 891,000 viewers and averaged 782,000 viewers.
Showtime’s next boxing telecast will be Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares for the WBA featherweight title and it will take place on June 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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