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Hopkins vs Murat delivers another one million viewers for Showtime

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Bernard Hopkins' fight this past Saturday night against Karo Murat kept Showtime's impressive ratings year rolling, delivering one million viewers.

Maddie Meyer

Showtime Sports continues to establish itself as a legitimate force in the boxing world, as the October 26 card headlined by Bernard Hopkins vs Karo Murat delivered a peak audience of one million viewers, ranking third for the year on Showtime, behind Broner-Malignaggi (1.3M) and Canelo-Trout (1.1M).

Showtime's average viewership for Showtime Championship Boxing has increased 23% over the numbers in 2012, and 62% compared to 2011.

"Showtime has quickly emerged as the premiere destination for big-time boxing," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports. "We have the biggest stars in the sport fighting their most challenging, and often career-defining, fights. It's no surprise that our subscribers have responded.

"We are thrilled with the gains we have achieved thus far, but we are not finished yet. It all starts with the commitment from the fighters--and their promoters--to challenge themselves against top contenders. As such, the drama has never been greater, the stakes never higher."