Updated with 2008 Results
The decline in tennis' The Championships, Wimbledon US TV ratings has been quite substantial, much more so than most other sports championship events (you can find many such charts in our Reference category). Recent upward ticks seem to occur (with only a few exceptions) when the Men's champion is from the US, and then the long term downward trend takes hold again. Discounting comparisons to the ratings prior to 1987 (because of a Nielsen measurement quirk described below) viewership has fallen almost in half the last 20 years. Is this due to the lack of a US Men's champion since 2000? On the other hand, US Women have done quite well since 1999, but don't seem to have helped the ratings. I admit to not having any clever guesses as to why the decline has been so severe. Anyone else have any better guesses?
7/14 Update: Chart and table updated with 2008 results. The All Williams Women's final, plus the epic Federer v. Nadal battle did produce a noticeable uptick in the Wimbledon ratings, but only to levels last seen in 2002.
Complete Wimbledon Tennis TV Ratings, 1973-2008:
|Year||Viewers (million)||HH||Share||Telecasts||Network||Winners (Women/Men)|
*Note: Data does not include the telecasts in June because data was not produced in the last complete week of June prior to 1987.
Data shown is an average of all telecasts including finals and semi-finals. Data for 2006-8 are Live+SD, prior years are Live viewing.
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.