British Open Ratings Debacle Looms As Tiger Misses Cut

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With the news that Tiger Woods has missed the cut at the British Open, ABC’s ratings for the weekend telecasts will likely be just a shadow of what they’d have been were he in contention.Here is a table of historical British Open ratings. Sadly, I don’t have the data from 2008.

Number of Household Number Number
Year Telecasts Rating Share of Homes of Persons Winner
2007** 2 3.1 10 3,474,000 4,220,000 Padraig Harrington
2006** 2 3.9 12 4,339,000 5,333,000 Tiger Woods
2005 2 4.2 13 4,620,000 5,468,000 Tiger Woods
2004 2 3.6 12 3,888,000 4,907,000 Todd Hamilton
2003 2 3.9 13 4,152,000 4,941,000 Ben Curtis
2002 2 4.2 14 4,473,000 5,754,000 Ernie Els
2001 2 4.1 15 4,216,000 5,446,000 David Duval
2000 2 5.9 19 5,617,000 7,312,000 Tiger Woods
1999 1 4.8 14 4,775,000 6,003,000 Paul Lawrie
1998 2 4.3 15 4,187,000 5,221,000 Mark O’Meara
1997 2 4.1 15 3,958,000 5,289,000 Justin Leonard
1996 2 2.9 10 2,782,000 3,675,000 Tom Lehman
1995 2 4.1 14 3,914,000 4,953,000 John Daly
1994 2 3.4 13 3,203,000 4,027,000 Nick Price
1993 2 3.8 14 3,538,000 4,342,000 Greg Norman
1992 2 2.9 11 2,671,000 3,575,000 Nick Faldo
1991 2 2.8 12 2,610,000 3,460,860 Ian Baker-Finch
1990 2 3.6 14 3,360,000 4,425,120 Nick Faldo
1989 2 4.2 16 3,770,000 5,017,870 Mark Calcavecchia*
1988 3 2.9 10 2,580,000 3,557,820 Seve Ballesteros
1987 2 3.9 14 3,400,000 4,324,800 Nick Faldo
1986 2 3.8 14 3,300,000 5,306,400 Greg Norman
1985 2 3.7 13 3,150,000 4,135,950 Sandy Lyle
1984 2 4.1 16 3,410,000 4,535,300 Seve Ballesteros
1983 2 5.0 19 4,150,000 5,407,450 Tom Watson
1982 2 5.7 22 4,630,000 6,917,220 Tom Watson
1981 2 4.7 21 3,640,000 4,513,600 Bill Rogers
1980 2 4.7 22 3,560,000 4,690,000 Tom Watson
1979 1 4.6 15 3,430,000 3,748,990 Seve Ballesteros
1978 1 5.0 16 3,650,000 5,248,700 Jack Nicklaus
1977 1 5.2 18 3,700,000 4,410,000 Tom Watson
1976 1 4.8 17 3,340,000 5,110,200 Johnny Miller
1975 1 5.0 18 3,430,000 5,230,750 Tom Watson*
1974 1 4.3 15 2,850,000 3,120,750 Gary Player
1973 1 5.9 19 3,820,000 5,844,600 Tom Weiskopf
1972 1 7.3 25 4,530,000 8,244,600 Lee Trevino


Note: NA – Not Available; * = Playoff
Source: Nielsen Television Index Sports Decks and opengolf.com

Copyright 2007 Nielsen Media Research

** Note: Live + Same Day Viewing

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