Arias-Jacobs 765,000 Viewers On HBO

According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Daniel Jacobs’ victory over Luis Arias drew a peak audience of 765,000 viewers and averaged 706,000 viewers on November 11th. Arias wasn’t willing to engage during much of his 12-round defeat to Brooklyn’s Jacobs, the best opponent of his five-year pro career.

The fight was Jacobs’ first since his close loss to middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) on March 18 at Madison Square Garden and marked the start of his exclusive contract with HBO. Much of the tripleheader that featured Jacobs went head-to-head with an ESPN broadcast from Fresno, California, in which junior welterweight contender Jose Ramirez knocked out Mike Reed in the second round of the main event.

HBO, a premium cable channel, has roughly 32 million subscribers in the United States. ESPN, a basic cable network, is available in nearly 90 million American homes.

HBO’s co-featured fight Saturday night, a heavyweight bout between Jarrell Miller and Mariusz Wach, peaked at 739,000 viewers and averaged 673,000. Brooklyn’s Miller stopped Poland’s Wach in the ninth round of a scheduled 12-rounder Miller was winning easily.

Wach was still standing when their fight ended, but suffered an injury to his right hand earlier in the bout that prompted referee David Fields and New York State Athletic Commission doctors to monitor him closely.

Cletus Seldin, who won impressively in the opener of the tripleheader over Mexico’s Roberto Ortiz in three rounds, was watched by a peak audience of 556,000 and drew an average viewership of 532,000.


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