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Porter-Berto Bout Drew Average of 468,000 Viewers on Showtime

By Keith Idec

An average of 468,000 viewers watched Showtime’s broadcast of the Shawn Porter-Andre Berto welterweight fight Saturday night from Brooklyn.

The average viewership was lower than the two previous main events Showtime televised in prime time this year, according to figures released by Nielsen Media Research.

The previous main event Showtime aired in prime time, Adrien Broner’s split-decision defeat of Adrian Granados, drew an average of 779,000 viewers February 18 from Cincinnati. Three weeks earlier, Leo Santa Cruz’s majority-decision defeat of Carl Frampton in their featherweight championship rematch, averaged 587,000 viewers from Las Vegas.

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The decline in ratings for the Porter-Berto show, a rarity in what thus far has been a strong 2017 for Showtime’s boxing programming, could’ve partially been attributable to competition from NBA playoff games that generated strong ratings while airing at the same time.

The San Antonio-Memphis game, which began at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, averaged 3.4 million viewers. The Golden State-Portland game, which started at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN, drew an average viewership of 4.3 million.

The Porter-Berto broadcast began at 9:30 p.m. ET and ended just before 11:20 p.m. ET.

Showtime’s doubleheader began with Jermell Charlo’s spectacular sixth-round knockout of Charles Hatley at Barclays Center. An average of 401,000 viewers watched Houston’s Charlo (29-1, 14 KOs) make the first defense of his WBC super welterweight title against Dallas’ Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs), his mandatory challenger.

Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, stopped Berto (31-5, 24 KOs), of Winter Haven, Florida, in the ninth round of the main event. His victory in their WBC elimination match made Porter the mandatory challenger for WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), who beat Porter by unanimous decision in an entertaining battle June 25 at Barclays Center.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Kev- on 04-27-2017

How many subs does Showtime have like 20 million? HBO has like 50 million domestically and they get like the same viewership. CBS is where it's at, nobody cares about premium channel fights or PPV's anymore. Less people are caring…

Comment by Willy Wanker on 04-27-2017

[QUOTE=Weebler I;17623351]I thought so. A lot of people criticized Porter's style, but I enjoyed him battering Berto :lol1: and to be fair, Berto landed some good shots too.[/QUOTE] I think prime Berto would have lasted the distance and would have…

Comment by original zero on 04-27-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;17622699]That's some real fanboy shyt right there. You guys invest a lot of time and effort into trying to defend one promoter/network while trying to discredit another. At least gets facts straight if you are going to hate.[/QUOTE] If it's…

Comment by BreWall on 04-27-2017

About the same number as the Frampton vs Santa Cruz 1 fight, which was supported by Mikey Garcia card, and promoted by so-called best promoter in boxing, Schaefer.

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 04-27-2017

Showtime always has good fights that don't get good ratings. Hbo has **** fights with good ratings. Idk whats wrong with people I have both I watch both.

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