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Lomachenko-Linares Does Big Rating For ESPN

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN won the night for combat sports last night. Not only did the Linares vs. Lomanchenko main event draw a 1.0 metered market rating, making it cable television’s highest-rated fight of 2018, according to Nielsen overnight data, but the entire Top Rank on ESPN telecast was ESPN’s highest-rated Top Rank telecast of the year.

Vasiliy Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the tenth round to win the WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight titles in front of a packed house at Madison Square Garden. A left hand to the body put Linares down for the 10-count.

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Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is a now a three-weight world champion. With this victory, he has shattered the all-time boxing record for fewest fights needed to win a world title in three weight divisions, accomplishing that in just his 12th fight. Lomachenko broke the record held by Australian legend Jeff Fenech, a Hall of Famer who won world titles at bantamweight and junior featherweight before winning a belt at featherweight in his 20th fight in 1988.

Last night’s entire Top Rank on ESPN telecast averaged a 0.8 metered market rating, making it ESPN’s highest-rated Top Rank telecast of 2018
The main event, featuring Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko, averaged a 1.0 metered market rating, making it cable’s television’s highest-rated fight of 2018

The co-feature, featuring Alejandro Barrera vs. Carlos Adames, averaged a 0.7 metered market rating, tying it as the third highest-rated fight on ESPN this year

2018 TOP BOXING OVERNIGHT RATINGS ON CABLE TELEVISION

1 5/12/2018 ESPN LOMACHENKO vs. LINARES 1.0
T-2 5/5/2018 HBO GOLOVKIN vs. MARTIROSYAN 0.9
T-2 4/28/2018 HBO JACOBS vs. SULECKI 0.9
T-4 3/10/2018 ESPN VENCES vs. DE LEON 0.8
T-4 3/3/2018 SHOWTIME WILDER vs. ORTIZ 0.8
T-6 3/10/2018 ESPN VALDEZ vs. QUIGG 0.7
T-6 5/12/2018 ESPN ADAMES vs BARRERA 0.7
T-6 1/27/2018 HBO MATTHYSSE vs. KIRAM 0.7
T-6 5/5/2018 HBO BRAEKHUS vs. REIS 0.7
T-6 3/3/2018 HBO KOVALEV vs. MIKHALKIN 0.7

Main markets tuning in for last night’s event included Norfolk, VA; Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans and Columbus, OH. The telecast peaked during the final two quarter hours with a 1.1 metered market rating.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kej718 on 05-13-2018

So how many people actually watched the fight? It seems to be lower than his last fight unless they are using a different ratings system. [URL="https://www.boxingscene.com/lomachenko-vs-rigondeaux-generates-big-rating-espn--123295"]https://www.boxingscene.com/lomachenko-vs-rigondeaux-generates-big-rating-espn--123295[/URL] [B]Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki averaged 811,000 [/B] [URL="http://www.************.com/2018/05/daniel-jacobs-vs-maciej-sulecki-hbo-ratings/"]http://www.************.com/2018/05/daniel-jacobs-vs-maciej-sulecki-hbo-ratings/[/URL] [B]Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 05-13-2018

Mr. I can get you $50 million a/k/a Mr. still ducking Joshua - just had less views for his fight than a White boy from Eastern Europe whose name no one can hardly pronounce. :pat:

Comment by SkillspayBills on 05-13-2018

All I have to say is...yesterday was A GREAT ****ING NIGHT FOR BOXING!!!!

Comment by TonyGe on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=sicko;18768154]No Surprise! Arum moving to ESPN is proving to be a GREAT MOVE for him and Top Rank thus far! Just annoying when they delay boxing for some other sh1tty sport but overall it has a been a massive upgrade>HBO…

Comment by Metho_4u on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=yammy25;18768074]so HBO and ESPN hold 9 of the top 10... with wilder vs Ortiz being showtimes only appearance. The same fight that marks Wilders best opponent to date. Beaten by Golovkin fighting a bum, and Jacobs fighting sulecki in a…

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