US Open Golf Tournament TV Ratings Crushed By Weather Delays

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June 29th, 2009

There are still no multi-telecast averages that I can directly compare with past US Open golf tournament TV ratings, but here are some individual show viewership averages from both NBC and ESPN for this year's rain soaked tournament.

via nielsen:

Top 10 Broadcast Sports Programs

Week of June 15, 2009

RANK PROGRAM NETWORK rating VIEWERS (000)
1 US OPEN GOLF-SUN NBC 4.7 7073
2 US OPEN GOLF-SAT NBC 3.4 4850
3 US OPEN GOLF-SUN BONUS NBC 2.7 3876
4 US OPEN GOLF-SAT BONUS NBC 2.5 3559
5 US OPEN GOLF-FRI NBC 2.1 2806
6 WWE Friday Night Smackdown MNT 1.7 2824
7 FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL (VARIOUS) FOX 1.5 2116
8 US OPEN GOLF-THU NBC 0.8 1121
9 IOWA CORN INDY 250 ABC 0.8 1130
10 COPA CONFEDERNS (ITALIA VS BRASIL) UNI 0.8 1500

Source: The Nielsen Company. Viewing estimates on this page include Live viewing and DVR playback on the Same Day, defined as 3am-3am. Ratings are the percentage of TV homes in the U.S. tuned into television.


Top 10 Cable Sports Programs

Week of June 15, 2009

RANK PROGRAM NETWORK RATING VIEWERS (000)
1 SPRINT CUP RACING/SONOMA TNT 3.4 5788
2 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (LAD/LAA) ESPN 1.5 2155
3 GOLF: US OPEN (2ND RD PT 2) ESPN 1.4 1919
4 GOLF: US OPEN (2ND RD PT 1) ESPN 1.4 1781
5 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SRS (MILWAUKEE) ESPN2 1.1 1588
6 TNA: IMPACT SPIKE 1.1 1640
7 COLLEGE WORLD SRS (ASU/TX) ESPN2 0.9 1396
8 MLB MON NIGHT (MIL/CLE) ESPN 0.9 1345
9 COLLEGE WORLD SRS (ARK/VA) ESPN2 0.9 1298
10 COLLEGE WORLD SRS (TX/ASU) ESPN 0.9 1289

Source: The Nielsen Company. Viewing estimates on this page include Live viewing and DVR playback on the Same Day, defined as 3am-3am. Ratings are the percentage of TV homes in the U.S. tuned into television.

Considering that the 5 telecast average from 2008 was 7.83 million viewers, the 2009 numbers aren't going to be even remotely close. Those numbers don't include the Monday telecasts on both ESPN and NBC (we probably won't see those numbers for another week), but those numbers are likely even lower.

 
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