Errol Spence Jr is definitely a star on the rise, and there’s plenty of room in his TV numbers to improve.
That’s not to say that the audience for last Saturday’s fight with Lamont Peterson disappointed anyone, surely. Spence-Peterson peaked at 695,000 viewers, averaging 637,000, according to Nielsen Media Research.
It’s a solid number, especially considering Spence had never headlined a primetime Showtime card before, and a massive improvement over his last fight on the network, his 2017 win over Kell Brook. That fight peaked at 337,000 viewers as an afternoon bout in the United States.
The numbers for Spence-Peterson indicate Spence is a fighter starting to emerge as a star, with room to grow. He’s got the sort of style and persona to become a much bigger deal if he keeps winning. Remember, Gennady Golovkin did pretty dismal numbers when he first came to HBO, and turned into one of the network’s more reliable draws before graduating to pay-per-view.
The co-feature between Robert Easter Jr and Javier Fortuna averaged 462,000 viewers and peaked at 540,000.