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British Open Golf Tournament TV Ratings, 1972-2007

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July 17th, 2008


Compared to other sports championship events, the British Open long term ratings trend has been remarkably stable, although not without its year to year ups and downs. I wonder if you can guess by looking at the chart above what happened in 2000, 2005 and 2006? My guess is that we'll see a sub 4 million average this year regardless of what Greg Norman can do.

Complete British Open TV Ratings, 1972-2007:


Year Network Telecasts HH Rating HH Share Homes (million) Viewers (million) Winner
1972 ABC 1 7.3 25 4.530 8.245 Lee Trevino
1973 ABC 1 5.9 19 3.820 5.845 Tom Weiskopf
1974 ABC 1 4.3 15 2.850 3.121 Gary Player
1975 ABC 1 5.0 18 3.430 5.231 Tom Watson*
1976 ABC 1 4.8 17 3.340 5.110 Johnny Miller
1977 ABC 1 5.2 18 3.700 4.410 Tom Watson
1978 ABC 1 5.0 16 3.650 5.249 Jack Nicklaus
1979 ABC 1 4.6 15 3.430 3.749 Seve Ballesteros
1980 ABC 2 4.7 22 3.560 4.690 Tom Watson
1981 ABC 2 4.7 21 3.640 4.514 Bill Rogers
1982 ABC 2 5.7 22 4.630 6.917 Tom Watson
1983 ABC 2 5.0 19 4.150 5.407 Tom Watson
1984 ABC 2 4.1 16 3.410 4.535 Seve Ballesteros
1985 ABC 2 3.7 13 3.150 4.136 Sandy Lyle
1986 ABC 2 3.8 14 3.300 5.306 Greg Norman
1987 ABC 2 3.9 14 3.400 4.325 Nick Faldo
1988 ABC 3 2.9 10 2.580 3.558 Seve Ballesteros
1989 ABC 2 4.2 16 3.770 5.018 Mark Calcavecchia*
1990 ABC 2 3.6 14 3.360 4.425 Nick Faldo
1991 ABC 2 2.8 12 2.610 3.461 Ian Baker-Finch
1992 ABC 2 2.9 11 2.671 3.575 Nick Faldo
1993 ABC 2 3.8 14 3.538 4.342 Greg Norman
1994 ABC 2 3.4 13 3.203 4.027 Nick Price
1995 ABC 2 4.1 14 3.914 4.953 John Daly
1996 ABC 2 2.9 10 2.782 3.675 Tom Lehman
1997 ABC 2 4.1 15 3.958 5.289 Justin Leonard
1998 ABC 2 4.3 15 4.187 5.221 Mark O'Meara
1999 ABC 1 4.8 14 4.775 6.003 Paul Lawrie
2000 ABC 2 5.9 19 5.617 7.312 Tiger Woods
2001 ABC 2 4.1 15 4.216 5.446 David Duval
2002 ABC 2 4.2 14 4.473 5.754 Ernie Els
2003 ABC 2 3.9 13 4.152 4.941 Ben Curtis
2004 ABC 2 3.6 12 3.888 4.907 Todd Hamilton
2005 ABC 2 4.2 13 4.620 5.468 Tiger Woods
2006 ABC 2 3.9 12 4.339 5.333 Tiger Woods
2007 ABC 2 3.1 10 3.474 4.220 Padraig Harrington

*Playoff
2006-7 data is Live+SD, previous years are Live viewing.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
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