Garcia-Easter Showtime Tripleheader Peaked at 725K Viewers

By Keith Idec

Mikey Garcia hasn’t just made strides as a ticket-seller.

More viewers also tuned in to Garcia’s fight Saturday night than for his previous performance. Ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research indicated Garcia’s victory over Robert Easter Jr. attracted a peak audience of 725,000 for Showtime on Saturday night.

Garcia-Easter, the main event of a tripleheader, was watched by an average audience of 680,000. Garcia’s prior appearance on Showtime, a unanimous-decision defeat of previously unbeaten Sergey Lipinets on March 10, drew a peak viewership of 689,000 and averaged 618,000 viewers.

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The 30-year-old Garcia won the IBF junior welterweight title from Kazakhstan’s Lipinets. He dropped Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) in the seventh round and beat him by unanimous decision at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

The Oxnard, California, native gave up the title he took from Lipinets to move back down for a lightweight title unification fight with Easter.

Garcia knocked down Easter in the third round and beat him by unanimous decision in their 12-round, 135-pound championship match at Staples Center in Los Angeles. In addition to winning the IBF lightweight title from Easter (21-1, 14 KOs), Garcia successfully defended his WBC lightweight crown for the first time.

The card headlined by Garcia-Easter was attended by an announced crowd of 12,560.

The highest ratings Garcia has produced for Showtime since he ended his 2½-year layoff in July 2016 were for his win against Adrien Broner.

Garcia’s 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Broner was watched by a peak audience of 937,000 and an average audience of 881,000. The polarizing Broner consistently draws strong ratings for Showtime, though, and was considered the “A” side of that main event last July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The fight Showtime televised before Garcia-Easter, Luis Ortiz’s second-round knockout of Razvan Cojanu, predictably drew lower ratings than the main event (peak: 606,000; average: 583,000). That heavyweight fight didn’t have much time to build an audience because Cuba’s Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs, 2 NC) ravaged Romania’s Cojanu (16-4, 9 KOs) with a left hand that ended their scheduled 10-rounder at 2:08 of the second round.

The opener of Showtime’s three-bout broadcast, Mario Barrios-Jose Roman, peaked at 530,000 viewers and averaged 462,000. San Antonio’s Barrios (22-0, 14 KOs) dominated the action, dropped Roman once apiece in the fourth and eighth rounds and won by technical knockout when Roman (24-3-1, 16 KOs), of Garden Grove, California, declined to come out of his corner for the ninth round.

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 Finito2K on 08-07-2018

The live gate for the event was great. But those viewership numbers are a bit dissapointing.

Comment by Verus on 08-05-2018

[QUOTE=Mr. EBT 97K;18983550]Too many low I.Q. Idiots here.[/QUOTE] No true! The only idiots that post here are high I.Q. idiots.

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 08-01-2018

So with these numbers is safe to assume spence vs garcia wouldnt sell but a thousand ppvs. So no more " this is a mega fight" or "this is happening because its a big money fight" arguments please. Garcia vs…

Comment by KTFOKING on 07-31-2018

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;18984788]May be so, but out of the Supposed 30% more you got to factor in the percentage out of the 30% more that don't like box, and don't care for it. I doubt 100% of HBO subscribers are boxing aficionado.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 07-31-2018

[QUOTE=KTFOKING;18984667]865k for that card is not bad. But are you laughing comparing those numbers to what Garcia did? I mean are you not going to factor in that HBO has 30% more subscribers?[/QUOTE] May be so, but out of the…

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