Garcia-Lipinets Fight Peaked at 689,000 Viewers for Showtime

By Keith Idec

Mikey Garcia’s victory over Sergey Lipinets didn’t draw as many viewers as Garcia’s win against Adrien Broner in his previous fight.

Garcia-Lipinets was watched by a peak audience of 689,000 and averaged 618,000 viewers Saturday night, according to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Garcia-Broner peaked at 937,000 viewers and averaged 881,000 on July 29.

The public’s recognition of those two opponents clearly impacted the ratings for Garcia’s wins against Broner and Lipinets. The polarizing Broner, a former four-division champion, has consistently generated good ratings for Showtime, whereas the lesser-known Lipinets has fought on “Showtime Championship Boxing” just twice.

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Garcia-Lipinets also aired almost entirely at the same time as ESPN’s main event Saturday night, an entertaining featherweight title bout in which WBO champion Oscar Valdez fought through a broken jaw to defeat England’s Scott Quigg by unanimous decision in a 12-rounder.

By beating Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs), the 30-year-old Garcia became a world champion in a fourth weight class and continued to establish himself as one of the sport’s elite fighters. Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, knocked down Kazakhstan’s Lipinets in the seventh round and comfortably won a 12-round unanimous decision at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio (117-110, 117-110, 116-111).

Showtime’s co-featured fight Saturday night, a rematch between super lightweights Kyril Relikh and Rances Barthelemy, peaked at 544,000 viewers and was watched by an average of 489,000 viewers.

Belarus’ Relikh (22-2, 19 KOs) avenged a controversial unanimous-decision loss to Cuba’s Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KOs, 1 NC) on May 20 by clearly out-boxing the former two-division champion.

Relikh’s decisive victory in their 12-rounder earned him the then-vacant WBA 140-pound title. He won 118-109 on two scorecards and 117-110 on the other card.

A week before Garcia-Lipinets aired, Showtime produced its best boxing ratings in more than three years.

Its telecast of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s 10th-round knockout of Luis Ortiz drew a peak audience of 1.2 million and averaged 1.1 million viewers on March 3. Those numbers represented Showtime’s highest ratings for boxing since Wilder’s win over Bermane Stiverne in their first fight attracted a peak audience of 1.34 million and an average viewership of 1.24 million in January 2015.

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 TJ highway on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18570025]low ratings but that's because ESPN had the much better fight. Everyone was watching the Valdez fight. Mikey needs another big name nobody knew or cared about Lipinets. None of his ratings have been big on Showtime except when he…

Comment by Jubei on 03-14-2018

Wow he lost over a quarter of a million viewers? Almost 30% less? Fans already fed up with the Garcia, all bark and no bite manipulation of the public. Keep talking the elite names and then face some unknown dude…

Comment by jas on 03-13-2018

numbers dropped after may pac but are improving again. degale jack did half a million , and that was a unification fight almost 700k for garcia lipinets looks good

Comment by Butch.McRae on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=sicko;18570810]Clearly YOU don't understand how it works and that is fine, I'm not expert on it either I will let the EXECS do what they get paid a lot of money to do what they do best but Showtime seems…

Comment by sicko on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Tygshsu;18570708]I just dont see the correlation in Paying the Fighters-Ratings-then Showtime making profit back from it.Mayweather-Mcgregor is the Optimal of why Showtime are in Boxing,for events like that.These 500,600K Ratings are just Poor for what they put in,It wont be…

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