Charlo-Cota Main Event Averaged 1,832,000 Viewers For FOX

By Keith Idec

Fighting a late replacement on a Sunday night didn’t dramatically impact viewership for Jermell Charlo’s win over Jorge Cota on network television.

Nielsen Media Research revealed Tuesday that an average audience of 1,832,000 tuned in to watch Charlo’s brutal, third-round knockout of Cota from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Viewership for the Charlo-Cota main event was substantially higher than the average audience for a three-bout broadcast that lasted about two hours and 15 minutes (1,200,000).

In all, an average of 1,265,000 combined viewers watched this tripleheader Sunday night on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports’ streaming services.

jermell-charlo (3)_12

The Charlo-Cota viewership wasn’t much lower than for the main event of FOX’s previous boxing broadcast. That bout – a “Fight of the Year” candidate in which Julian Williams upset Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision to win three 154-pound titles – drew a peak viewership of 2,108,000 on May 11 from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

An average audience of 1,385,000 watched the three-fight telecast headlined by Williams-Hurd, which aired on a Saturday night.

Houston’s Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) was supposed to face Tony Harrison in an immediate rematch Sunday night, six months after Harrison upset Charlo by unanimous decision and took his WBC super welterweight title. Detroit’s Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) withdrew from their second fight three weeks in advance, though, because he suffered an ankle injury that required surgery.

Charlo knocked down Mexico’s Cota (28-4, 25 KOs) twice, each time with a punishing right hand, before referee Jay Nady stopped their scheduled 12-round bout.

Earlier Sunday night, an average of 1,030,000 viewers watched an entertaining fight in which former WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux knocked out Julio Ceja in the eighth round. The Cuban-born Rigondeaux (19-1, 13 KOs) was down on all three scorecards when he dropped Mexico’s Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) in the eighth round and referee Russell Mora stopped their scheduled 12-round, 122-pound WBC elimination match.

In between the Charlo-Cota and Rigondeaux-Ceja bouts, an average of 1,187,000 viewers tuned in to watch 19-year-old junior middleweight prospect Joey Spencer (8-0, 6 KOs) out-point Akeem Black (5-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round fight.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sweet Jones on 06-26-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19859493]No doubt, SNF and MNF pull good ratings, but I can get my fill of American Football on Saturday (NCAA) and Sunday (NFL) afternoons, without SNF or MNF. [B]I can't get boxing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons anymore. I used…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-26-2019

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;19860691]I prefer Saturday nights...but will take it free whenever I can get it.[/QUOTE]Oh I love free, and I love DVRs and YouTube too!

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 06-26-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19859493]No doubt, SNF and MNF pull good ratings, but I can get my fill of American Football on Saturday (NCAA) and Sunday (NFL) afternoons, without SNF or MNF. I can't get boxing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons anymore. I used…

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 06-26-2019

[QUOTE=jdp28tx;19859187]All he is doing is putting the accurate ratings in the correct context. If that burst your imaginary bubble about PBC's ratings then that is your problem.[/QUOTE] Since 2015 he's been saying PBC is dead and HBO will be around…

Comment by j.razor on 06-26-2019

[QUOTE=paulf;19860171]Wait.... They put this garbage on regular Fox???[/QUOTE] Your team is garbage.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (79)
Top Headlines Photos: Pacquiao Drops, Decisions Thurman - MONSTER Gallery Photos: David Price is Back, Breaks Down and Stops Dave Allen Photos: Derek Chisora Scores Brutal Knockout of Artur Szpilka Video: Adrien Broner Reacts To Pacquiao's Win Over Thurman Video: Errol Spence, Josesito Lopez React To Pacquiao' Win Video: Keith Thurman Reacts To Decision Loss To Pacquiao Video: Pacquiao Reacts To Decision Win Over Thurman Thurman: I Would Love The Rematch With Pacquiao Pacquiao vs. Thurman - CompuBox Punch Stats Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman - Official Scorecards Manny Pacquiao on Next Fight: I Think I Will Fight Next Year Pacquiao Drops, Bloodies, Decisions Thurman For WBA Title Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Yordenis Ugas Drops, Decisions Omar Figueroa in Eliminator Omar Figueroa-Yordenis Ugas - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Sergey Lipinets Blasts Out Jayar Inson in Two Rounds Luis Nery Lands Vicious Body Shot To Knock Payano Out in Ninth Manny Pacquiao: I Don't Think Keith Thurman Will Trade With Me Caleb Plant Drops Mike Lee Three Times, Stops Him in Third Caleb Plant vs. Mike Lee - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Efe Ajagba Forced To Go Distance, Decisions Demirezen Buboy: I Told Pacquiao, 'If You Are Angry at Thurman - KO Him!' Thurman: Pacquiao Knows Broner Fight Was B.S., Not Entertaining Dillian Whyte Gets Off The Floor To Decision Oscar Rivas Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Maxim Vlasov Gets Revenge, Decisions Isaac Chilemba Pacquiao vs. Thurman - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter Made Official For September 28 David Price Saves Career, Breaks Down & Stops Dave Allen Keith Thurman-Manny Pacquiao: Stats and Stakes David Allen vs. David Price - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Chisora Knocks Szpilka Out Cold in Second Round Chisora vs. Szpilka - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Keith Thurman In 'Far Better' Shape For Pacquiao Than Lopez Thurman Admires Pacquiao, But He'll Retire Long Before He's 40 Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas - LIVE Results From London Pacquiao vs. Thurman: Preview and Analysis Caleb Plant: I Trained Harder For Mike Lee Than Uzcategui Angel Garcia: Thurman Ain't The Same Since He Fought Danny Lomachenko-Campbell Title Fight Official, 8/31 in London
Latest Active Forum Threads