Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz Had Ratings Peak of 549,000

By Keith Idec

According to Nielsen Media Research, the captivating Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz featherweight title fight peaked at 549,000 viewers during Showtime’s three-fight telecast Saturday night from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The average viewership during the fantastic Frampton-Santa Cruz clash was 480,000. That marked a 65-percent increase from the average viewership of Santa Cruz’s previous appearance on Showtime, a fifth-round stoppage of Spain’s Kiko Martinez on February 27 in Anaheim, California.

That average-viewership performance made Frampton-Santa Cruz, a highly entertaining encounter Frampton won by majority decision, the third highest-rated of seven “Showtime Championship Boxing” telecasts in 2016.

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Average viewership of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka drew an average of 500,000 viewers January 16 from Barclays Center. WBA super welterweight title-holder Erislandy Lara’s unanimous-decision defeat of Vanes Martirosyan lured an average of 491,000 viewers May 21 from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Nielsen also reported that 1.28 percent of Showtime’s subscribers, reportedly 24 million, tuned in to watch Northern Ireland’s Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) out-box an ever-determined Santa Cruz (32-1, 18 KOs), of Rosemead, California, in a memorable battle that warrants serious “Fight of the Year” consideration. That’s a higher percentage than any of the first six “Showtime Championship Boxing” broadcasts this year.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Real boxer on 08-03-2016

Nobody cares but you nerds. Viewership has never changed the sport of boxing. I've seen all of the excuses as to why it matters, but really, it doesn't.

Comment by HeroBando on 08-03-2016

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;16921729][url][/url] . Your Leimux number was also live + same day. That's also the "avenge" number you always hear in stories. You're not comparing apples to apple.[/QUOTE] Great find man, bookmarked. Can always rely on you for first class research.…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 08-03-2016

[QUOTE=HeroBando;16921698][url][/url] [url][/url] Not to mention all the ratings were higher in 2011, and PWill was bringing all the viewers.[/QUOTE] [url][/url] [QUOTE] After being provided the numbers from Nielsen... July 9, 2011: “HBO Boxing After Dark” (Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara)…

Comment by boxinghead530 on 08-03-2016

Thats pretty bad, but what do you expect its Showtime. Showtime is just not that great of a channel when trying to pull in viewers. Its boxing which most of the time is very basic, their channel has no good…

Comment by HeroBando on 08-03-2016

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;16921679]Lara vs Williams did 1.1million, more than the Rosado fight. Lara fight's against Trout, Vanes 1, and Angulo all went up againt another boxing card on the respective competing network. His other recent fights have done Friday night fight numbers…

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