558,000 Viewers Watch Rios-Garcia
The ratings for the most recent edition of Showtime Championship Boxing took a bit of a dip, as peak viewership would drop by 137,000 people for Danny Garcia’s victory over Brandon Rios last Saturday night.
In numbers released by Boxing Scene via Nielsen Media Research, the main event of Saturday night’s tripleheader with the main event of Saturday night, Danny Garcia’s ninth-round stoppage of Brandon Rios, peaked at 558,000 viewers, with the main event of 516,000 viewers.
The main event of Showtime’s first “Showtime Championship Boxing” broadcast of 2018, IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr.’s eighth-round technical knockout of Lamont Peterson, drew a peak audience of 695,000 and averaged 637,000 viewers.
The scheduled 12-round welterweight bout between Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) was a reasonably competitive fight, despite that it was harshly criticized by fans and media as a mismatch.
Rios was behind on all three scorecards, but the Oxnard, California, native had given Garcia some trouble before Philadelphia’s Garcia got full extension on a perfectly placed right hand that floored Rios for the first time in the former WBA lightweight champ’s career. Rios reached his feet, but referee Kenny Bayless stopped the bout soon thereafter at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Garcia fought for the first time since losing a split decision to Keith Thurman in their 12-round, 147-pound title unification fight last March 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Thurman-Garcia fight drew an impressive peak audience of 5.1 million and averaged 3.74 million viewers, but that bout aired on free TV (CBS).
Showtime has approximately 24 million subscribers, whereas CBS, its parent company, is available in nearly 120 million American homes, according to Nielsen.