600K+ Watched Santa Cruz-Mares Rematch

Even though the card would feature four top fighters, the anticipated rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares fell short in the ratings.

Per a report from Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday, a peak audience of 633,000 and an average of 600,000 people watched Santa Cruz beat Mares via unanimous decision to retain his WBA “super” world featherweight championship.

The first fight between the two had a peak audience of 1,614,000 and an average audience of 1,217,000, the difference in numbers can be attributed to the first fight airing on ESPN which reaches 62 million more homes than Showtime.

The opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, Jermell Charlo’s majority decision win over Austin Trout, would draw a peak audience of 575,000 and an average of 532,000 to see Charlo retain his WBC super welterweight title.

Another issue for the broadcast would be the competition between Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn’s fight on ESPN+ and UFC 225 pay per view and prelims airing at the same time as the Showtime card.

Original Post: Boxing Scene

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