Peak Audience of 1.2 Million Watched Vasiliy Lomachenko-Richard Commey
Over a million viewers tuned in to see an engaging battle between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey Saturday night.
The 12-round main event drew in an average audience of 1,129,000 viewers and a peak audience of 1,243,00 for ESPN, Nielsen Media Research reported. Lomachenko was the heavy favorite at the Madison Square Garden contest, but many fans tipped their hats to Commey for surviving after being knocked to the mat in the seventh round.
Lomachenko won by wide unanimous decision (119-108, 119-108 and 117-110).
ESPN – who has a partnership with Top Rank, who promoted the fight and Lomachenko – broadcasted the telecast, featured four fights that attract an average audience of 1,019,000.
Nielsen’s numbers include only those that watched on ESPN’s linear channel, not ESPN+ or ESPN Deportes, both of which offered the card live as well.
Nico Ali Walsh versus Reyes Sanchez opened ESPN’s broadcast with a total of 1,147,000 viewers, which could have been boosted by ESPN’s live coverage of college football’s Heisman Trophy ceremony.
The broadcast saw two knockouts from the Lomachenko-Commey.
The first was Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis’ second-round stoppage of Jose Zaragoza. Davis landed a brutal left hand to the body that made his opponent role. This fight averaged 823,000 viewers.
The second was the co-feature, which featured heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson who TKO’d Oleksandr Teslenko. The Ukrainian boxer got back on his feet, but the referee called it off after Teslenko looked unable to continue.
This brought in an average of 939,000.