Stevenson-Jack Broadcast Peaked at 611,000 Viewers on Showtime

By Keith Idec

The Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack fight drew a peak audience of 611,000 viewers on Saturday night for Showtime.

According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, the main event of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” doubleheader averaged 535,000 viewers. The Quebec-based Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) and Sweden’s Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) battled to a 12-round majority draw, which enabled the 40-year-old Stevenson to retain his WBC light heavyweight title at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Showtime’s viewership is based on subscribers in the United States. The Stevenson-Jack fight was televised via pay-per-view in Canada.

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The live airing of the Stevenson-Jack fight began just before midnight on the East Coast. It was a highly competitive bout that resulted in two judges scoring it even (114-114) and a third judge scoring the fight for Jack by a slim margin, 115-113.

The opener of Showtime’s split-site doubleheader, Gary Russell Jr.’s victory over Joseph Diaz Jr. in a featherweight title fight, attracted a peak audience of 567,000 viewers. The average viewership for Russell-Diaz, which began around 10:30 p.m. ET, was 487,000.

Russell (29-1, 17 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Maryland, out-boxed the game Diaz to win a 12-round unanimous decision at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Diaz (26-1, 14 KOs), of Downey, California, was the mandatory challenger for Russell’s WBC 126-pound championship.

The ratings for Saturday’s doubleheader were lower than for Showtime’s previous boxing broadcast, a tripleheader April 21 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The main event of that three-bout broadcast, a 12-round majority draw between welterweights Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) and Jessie Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs), peaked at 891,000 viewers and averaged 782,000 viewers.

The opener of that telecast, in which Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) in the third round to win the WBA “super” 130-pound championship, was watched by a peak audience of 527,000 viewers and averaged 460,000. The second fight that night, in which Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) knocked out Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-2, 14 KOs, 1 NC) in the second round to win the WBC interim middleweight title, peaked at 572,000 viewers and averaged 545,000.

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 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=landotter;18795916]I would be shocked if Showtime expected more. Boxing to them is a hook to get subscribers, and they I think realize it is the sum of the parts more than any one match. Boxing fans will keep Showtime because…

Comment by landotter on 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=BLACK KNOT;18796229]the fight wasn't great the biased ref ruined the fight. HBO has the better TV shows Thats always been the case .[/QUOTE] Won't argue either of those points. Ref contributed to the bad action and momentum killing moments in…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;18794864]Showtimes rating don't mean much and haven't for the past 2 years. There's over 4 million people to subscribe to Showtimes streaming service and there's plenty who watch fights via the app that don't get counted on by TV ratings.…

Comment by rolshans on 05-23-2018

Relax guys lmao...the fight did better numbers than the Danny Garcia fight, and only slightly worse numbers than Mikey Garcia and Errol Spence...the sky is not falling.

Comment by BLACK KNOT on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=landotter;18795916]I would be shocked if Showtime expected more. Boxing to them is a hook to get subscribers, and they I think realize it is the sum of the parts more than any one match. Boxing fans will keep Showtime because…

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