UPDATED: US Tennis Open TV Ratings, 1972-2008

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September 12th, 2008

Like Wimbledon, US Tennis Open TV Ratings in Decline

Updated with 2008 ratings: Viewership fell again, but with the rain delays and rescheduling of the finals its hard to compare the 2008 results with prior years.

Like Wimbledon TV ratings, the ratings for the US Tennis Open have been in long term decline, but while the decline might have something to do with the decline in US men's tennis the 2003 Andy Roddick win didn't help matters.

Complete US Tennis Open TV Ratings, 1972-2008:

YEAR NET TELECASTS HH rating HH Share # of HHs (million) # of Persons (million) WINNERS (WOMEN/MEN)
1972 CBS 3 4.4 14 2.846   KING/NASTASE
1973 CBS 2 5.3 17 3.516   COURT/NEWCOMBE
1974 CBS 5 5.1 17 4.192   KING/CONNORS
1975 CBS 4 6.6 23 5.532   EVERT/ORANTES
1976 CBS 4 6.2 20 4.741   EVERT/CONNORS
1977 CBS 5 5.7 20 4.174   EVERT/VILAS
1978 CBS 5 4.8 15 4.757   EVERT/CONNORS
1979 CBS 5 5.0 15 4.309   AUSTIN/MCENROE
1980 CBS 5 5.8 17 5.610   EVERT-LLOYD/MCENROE
1981 CBS 6 5.8 17 4.701   AUSTIN/MCENROE
1982 CBS 6 5.1 16 4.242   EVERT-LLOYD/CONNORS
1983 CBS 8 5.0 14 4.211   NAVRATILOVA/CONNORS
1984 CBS 9 4.5 12     NAVRATILOVA/MCENROE
1985 CBS 10 4.8 14     MANDLIKOVA/LENDL
1986 CBS 8 3.7 11     NAVRATILOVA/LENDL
1987 CBS 9 3.6 11 3.170 3.990 NAVRATILOVA/LENDL
1988 CBS 7 4.2 12 3.800 5.320 GRAF/WILANDER
1989 CBS 8 3.8 12 3.500 4.640 GRAF/BECKER
1990 CBS 8 4.0 12 3.700 5.070 SABATINI/SAMPRAS
1991 CBS 7 4.4 13 4.020 5.490 SELES/EDBERG
1992 CBS 9 3.2 10 2.950 3.950 SELES/EDBERG
1993 CBS 9 2.6 8 2.420 3.090 GRAF/SAMPRAS
1994 CBS 9 3.0 9 2.830 3.740 SANCHEZ-VICARIO/AGASSI
1995 CBS 9 3.2 9 3.040 3.980 GRAF/SAMPRAS
1996 CBS 13 2.5 7 2.410 3.050 GRAF/SAMPRAS
1997 CBS 13 2.3 7 2.270 2.810 HINGIS/RAFTER
1998 CBS 8 2.3 7 2.250 2.640 DAVENPORT/RAFTER
1999 CBS 13 3.4 9 3.440 4.480 S. WILLIAMS/AGASSI
2000 CBS 9 2.8 8 2.886 3.651 V. WILLIAMS/SAFIN
2001 CBS 10 3.0 9 3.171 4.052 V. WILLIAMS/HEWITT
2002 CBS 7 3.0 8 3.179 4.160 S. WILLIAMS/SAMPRAS
2003 CBS 10 2.0 5 2.099 2.628 J. HENIN/A. RODDICK
2004 CBS 9 1.8 5 1.968 2.383 S. KUZNETSOV/R. FEDERER
2005 CBS 10 2.1 6 2.367 2.990 K. CLIJSERS/R. FEDERER
2006 CBS 11 2.0 5 2.186 2.753 M. SHARAPOVA/R. FEDERER
2007 CBS 10 1.7 4 1.941 2.383 J. HENIN/R. FEDERER
2008 CBS 15 1.6 4 1.831 2.213 S. WILLIAMS/R. FEDERER

Data does not include telecasts in August for the years 1974-80. The 2002 data excludes rain delays. The data for 2006-2008 is Live+SD, data for earlier years is Live viewing.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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