The figures, released today, stated that Ioka drew an average of 10.8% in Kanto and 12.6% in Kansai. In total we believe the audience was about 7,400,000 with the peak audience being about 10,500,000 viewers, with the peak being 15.1% in Kanto and 18.2% in Kansai.
Although the numbers are huge compared to fights in the US and UK they have been deemed "disappointing" by TBS who seemed to have hoped for an additional 2 or 3% given that the time slot was a prime on a Sunday evening.
Interestingly it seems that TBS have essentially put their foot down in regards to Ioka's future bouts and although it still seems likely they will give him a New Years Eve slot, which is expected to be a rematch with Juan Carlos Reveco, it would seem that he is on thin ice if he's hoping to continue to get attractive TV times and days.
Although the numbers were disappointing they were much better than the figures for the IBF Minimumweight title fight between Katsunari Takayama (30-7-0-1, 12) and Ryuji Hara (19-2, 11) which got an average of 6.9% in Kanto and 8.0% in Kansai, peaking at 9.9% in Kanto and 11.8% in Kansai.
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