Cotto-Kamegai Average Over 700K Viewers
According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, HBO’s broadcast of Miguel Cotto’s victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai drew a peak audience of 805,000 viewers on Saturday night. An average audience of 730,000 watched Cotto’s 12-round, unanimous-decision win.
Cable and satellite customers in certain parts of the United States had difficulty ordering the Showtime Pay-Per-View broadcast that featured Mayweather-McGregor. Mayweather acknowledged after his victory that he and McGregor remained in their dressing rooms until the potentially costly issue was resolved.
Mayweather-McGregor was expected to negatively impact Cotto-Kamegai ratings because at least portions of the fights were expected to air simultaneously.
The Cotto-Kamegai bout ended at approximately 11:45 p.m. ET/8:45 p.m. PT, about 20 minutes before the delayed start of Mayweather-McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Cotto, 36, in his first fight since a unanimous decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in November 2015 won the vacant WBO super welterweight title by defeating Kamegai via unanimous decision in their 12-round championship match (120-108, 119-109, 118-110).
HBO’s telecast began Saturday night with Rey Vargas’ victory over Ronny Rios in a 12-round, super bantamweight bout. Vargas-Rios was watched by a peak audience of 687,000 viewers and attracted an average viewership of 524,000.
The Vargas-Rios telecast also directly competed with part of the Mayweather-McGregor undercard.
Original Story: Boxing Scene