Showtime’s Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephen Espinoza has reported a highly successful last few weeks of ratings for their live Boxing broadcasts.
Showtime’s last two broadcasts have been some of the most successful programmers in the cable network’s history and Espinoza expects to improve their ratings when they broadcast this weekend’s welterweight clash between pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr and challenger Robert Guerrero
Speaking from Las Vegas Espinoza said: “Showtime is in the middle of an extremely strong run of boxing events and boxing programming, perhaps the strongest in its history, and the ratings reflect that.
“Two weeks ago, in front of nearly 40,000 fans in the sold-out Alamodome, we saw Canelo Alvarez come of age in a very hard fought victory over Austin Trout. It was a fight that attracted over 1.3 million viewers, the second most in Showtime’s history.
“Last Saturday, in front of the largest boxing crowd in the history of Barclays Center, we drew the largest boxing rating of any of the networks.
Referring to this weekend’s Mayweather Jr Vs Guerrero clash, Espinoza added: “I call this the Grand Finale. Not only because it’s Floyd Mayweather and pay-per-view, but because we have a determined challenger who is going to make him fight. The co-feature between Ponce De Leon and Mares could be a main event anywhere. In fact it was a main event until we moved it to this card.”
May 2, 2013