CBS Earns Highest-Rated Primetime Broadcast With SHO
BOXING On CBS | Presented By PBC
CBS was the No. 1 network in prime time on Saturday night,
according to Nielsen overnight ratings, with the live
broadcast of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented
by Premier Boxing Champions. The broadcast, which was
produced by SHOWTIME Sports, featured a welterweight world
championship unification fight between undefeated champions
Keith Thurman (WBA) and Danny Garcia (WBC). Thurman won a
close split decision to unify the belts.
The broadcast earned a 2.2 rating from 9 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
ET, up 22% over the previous June 25, 2016 SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS broadcast featuring Keith Thurman
vs. Shawn Porter (1.8 rating).
*Full data including viewership for the boxing broadcast on
CBS will be available in the coming days.
Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) of Clear Water, Fla., defeated
Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) of Philadelphia via split
decision to become the Unified Welterweight World Champion.
The main event aired live on CBS and took place at Barclays
Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
The broadcast was produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for the CBS
Television Network. The event was held at Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, NY, before a record-setting crowd of 16,533, the
largest crowd for a boxing event in that arena.
The close fight, which was only the third time undefeated
champions came together to unify the 147-pound division, was
scored 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Thurman and 115-113 Garcia.