Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Broner-Vargas Telecast Peaked at 891,000 Viewers on Showtime

By Keith Idec

Adrien Broner hasn’t been able to win a fight decisively since he stopped Ashley Theophane two years ago.

Broner still won the ratings game yet again Saturday night. Nielsen Media Research revealed Tuesday that Showtime’s telecast of Broner’s majority draw with Jessie Vargas was watched by a peak audience of 891,000 and averaged 782,000 viewers.

That marked the third straight Broner bout that attracted a peak audience of at least 859,000 viewers for Showtime.

broner-vargas-fight (32)

The polarizing Broner’s previous fight – a 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Mikey Garcia on July 29 – drew a peak viewership of 937,000 and an average viewership of 881,000. Five months earlier, Broner’s split-decision victory over Adrian Granados also produced strong ratings (peak: 859,000; average: 779,000).

The bout between Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) and Las Vegas’ Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) was the main event of a tripleheader Saturday night.

Only one fighter, WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder, consistently draws better ratings for Showtime than Broner.

Wilder’s last appearance – a 10th-round knockout of previously unbeaten Luis Ortiz – was Showtime’s highest-rated fight in more than three years. The broadcast of that highly anticipated bout peaked at 1.2 million viewers and averaged 1.1 million.

That was Showtime’s most-watched boxing match since Wilder beat Bermane Stiverne by unanimous decision to win the WBC title in January 2015 (peak: 1.34 milllion; average: 1.24 million).

Immediately before the main event between Broner and Vargas on Saturday night, a peak audience of 572,000 watched Jermall Charlo knock out Hugo Centeno Jr. in the second round. The Charlo-Centeno contest was watched by an average of 545,000 viewers.

Charlo knocked Centeno flat on his back with a crushing left hook and Centeno couldn’t get up. Houston’s Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) won the WBC interim middleweight title by beating Centeno (26-2, 14 KOs, 1 NC), of Oxnard, California.

The opener of Showtime’s three-bout broadcast – Gervonta Davis’ third-round knockout of Jesus Cuellar – peaked at 527,000 viewers and averaged 460,000. Baltimore’s Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) dropped Argentina’s Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) three times on his way to winning the WBA’s “super” 130-pound championship.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story posted noted that the peak viewership during the Broner-Vargas main event was 869,000 viewers. That was the peak audience during the actual bout. Viewership went up to 891,000 just before the decision was announced.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fire4231 on 04-25-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;18703317]I think he meant Rodney King[/QUOTE] I agree, that makes more sense. Just that AB should know those are two Kings you really don’t want to confuse.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18703369]Your resume is what you did do, not what you didn't. Anyone can lose.[/QUOTE] I think your resume is your wins and losses. They both factor in. Broner’s losses outweigh his wins imo which is why I don’t consider him…

Comment by BLACK KNOT on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18702332]Huh?? dude is 25-0 below 130 and 8-3-1 above 130. He may not have a "signature" win but that is just BS some NSB posters have come up with. He has a solid resume and has fought tough…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18702442]Every single time theres one of these threads people are going on about whats on the over channel, someone will find something. "Joshua only sold 1mil PPVs, X Factor was on the other channel"[/QUOTE] Haha, that's what I was…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18702417]what? Broner's resume is solid as it gets. He's fought good comp at the lower weights and tough guys as he moved up. Now we can argue if he didn't get some favorable scores from judges, but he…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (73)
Top Headlines Frank Warren Breaks Down Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin Takam: If Povetkin Starts Slow, He'll Get Slaughtered By Joshua Ryan Garcia: Canelo Beats Golovkin Even Easier in Third Fight Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Mayweather, Munguia, More Luke Campbell Very Confident as He Enters Mendy Rematch Bellew: Povetkin Should Be Banned, Not Getting Joshua Shot Wilder, Fury Promises Explosive Drama When They Collide Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit Added To Prograis-Flanagan Jermell Charlo Raises Hand To Face Floyd Mayweather in Return Jon Fernandez: We Just Had a Bad Game Plan For This Fight Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham Foster Out-Boxes, Upsets Jon Fernandez in ShoBox Main Event Irvin Gonzalez Busier, Easily Beats Carlos Ramos Canelo Vows Quick Return: I Want To Fight in December Steven Ortiz Edges Wesley Ferrer By Majority Decision Misael Lopez Beats James Wilkins By Unanimous Decision Joshua: I'm The Best in The Division, No Doubt, It's Been Proven! Povetkin: I'm as Strong as Joshua, I Was Weaker With Klitschko Wilder, Fury Sign Contracts - Tour Begins on October 1 in London Luis Nery vs. Jason Conoy For WBC Silver, on October 6 Wilder-Fury Announcement Next Week; Likely 12/1, Staples Center Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Ready For Puerto Rico Battle Joshua's Coach: Povetkin is Not Parker or Takam - He's Top Level Dutchover: Aguilar Won't Stop Me From Reaching Title Goal Sanchez: Golovkin a Little Angry Vegas Favors The House Fighter Povetkin: I Will Give Everything, It's One of My Last Big Chances Whyte: If Chisora Fights Me, It Will Be His Last Fight Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juanma Lopez - Square Up at Presser Photos: Campbell vs. Mendy, Okolie vs. Askin - Ready For Battle Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Vow Fireworks at Wembley Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War Munguia Satisfied With Adjustments, Saw Canelo as Big Winner Badou Jack: Stevenson on different level than guys Gvozdyk beat Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy Malignaggi: Fans Won't Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao 2? Bullsh*t!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement