Ballpark brawl generates big ratings

NEW YORK -- The first fight at Yankee Stadium in more than three decades generated the highest rating of the year for HBO, which broadcast the ballpark doubleheader.

The main event that saw Miguel Cotto defeat Yuri Foreman for the junior middleweight title, along with Vanes Martirosyan's victory over Joe Greene on the undercard, generated a 3.9 rating for the premium cable network.

That equates to about 1.9 million viewers between the live telecast Saturday night and the replay Sunday morning.

The rating measures the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program.

It was the first night of boxing at Yankee Stadium since September 1976, when Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton at the old ballpark that has since been torn down.