Wilder-Stiverne II Draws 887K Viewers
According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Deontay Wilder’s first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne drew a peak audience of 887,000 viewers Saturday night from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The fight airing on Showtime had an average of 824,000 viewer for the one round of action, in which Wilder knocked down Stiverne three times before it was stopped with one second left in the round.
The first fight between Wilder and Stiverne, a 12-rounder Wilder won by unanimous decision in January 2015. That longer fight, in which Wilder won the WBC heavyweight title from Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, drew a peak audience of 1.34 million viewers and an average viewership of 1.24 million on Showtime in first run viewing.
Only one live fight since the first Wilder-Stiverne bout drew higher ratings for Showtime than the Wilder-Stiverne rematch which was for Mikey Garcia’s decisive victory over Adrien Broner on July 29th, which peaked at 937,000 viewers and averaged 881,000.
Wilder was supposed to box unbeaten Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz, but was replaced by Stiverne, the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s title, due to Ortiz testing positive for two banned substances late in September.
Immediately before the Wilder-Stiverne rematch Saturday night, the Shawn Porter- Adrian Granados welterweight fight peaked at 696,000 viewers and averaged 646,000. Porter overcame an injury to his left hand to beat Granados by unanimous decision in their 12-round faceoff.
The opener of Showtime’s tripleheader Saturday night, Sergey Lipinets-Akihiro Kondo, was watched by a peak audience of 530,000 and drew an average of 427,000 viewers. Kazakhstan’s Lipinets beat Japan’s Kondo by unanimous decision in a 12-round bout to win the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.