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Carl is streets ahead in TV ratings

Top of charts... but critics still hit out

By Steven Beacom

It's official...Carl Frampton has become a bigger draw for Northern Ireland television audiences than popular UTV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Frampton's IBF super-bantamweight World title points victory over Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso on Saturday night was watched by over two thirds of the viewing audience here, reaching a peak of 381,000.

That was almost 100,000 more than the 283,000 who tuned in last Monday night for the first episode of the Coronation Street double bill which featured Deidrie Barlow's funeral and way ahead of the 223,000 peak local audience for Emmerdale last Tuesday.

Frampton's compelling fight, in which he was knocked down twice in the first round before going on to win, was the second most watched show on UTV in 2015.

The first? Frampton again, when 457,000 cheered him on to a knockout victory over Chris Avalos in February at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

But while Frampton was the most watched man in Northern Ireland over the weekend there was criticism for his performance from countryman and former World champion Wayne McCullough and others on social media.

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