ESPN Scores Its Highest U.S. Open Rating, Audience Averaging 3.6 Million Viewers from 5-10p ET Friday

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June 16th, 2012

via press release:

ESPN Scores Highest U.S. Open Rating, Audience


ESPN’s prime time coverage of the second round of the 112th U.S. Open on Friday, June 15, earned the network’s highest rating and largest audience ever for a regular round of play in the event.


The telecast from 5-10 p.m. ET averaged 3.6 million viewers and a 2.9 household coverage rating, according to the Nielsen Company. The audience was the fifth-largest ever for a golf telecast on cable.


ESPN’s live telecast of earlier U.S. Open play on Friday from noon – 3 p.m. ET earned a 1.5 household coverage rating, averaging 1.6 million viewers.


Thursday’s U.S. Open first round telecast from noon – 3 p.m. on ESPN earned a 1.6 household coverage rating, averaging 1.6 million viewers, while the 5-10 p.m. telecast had a 1.5 rating with 1.7 million viewers. Both telecasts were up in viewership and ratings from the 2011 U.S. Open, which was held in Bethesda, Md., and aired earlier in the day.


ESPN’s largest audience ever for any U.S. Open telecast was a Monday playoff in 2008 with 4.2 rating and 4.8 million viewers.


SportsCenter and will continue to report from the U.S. Open all weekend ESPN Radio will have live coverage of the final round on Sunday from 4-10 p.m. ET.

  • Patrick

    hmmmmm….i wonder why. It couldn’t have been phil and tiger paired together on the first two rounds that had anything to do with it?

  • JQ

    The Tiger/Phil/Bubba grouping had some impact, but it was much more the fact that Tiger was right there in contention and playing well. He could have been grouped with anyone really, as long as he’s in the mix the viewers will be there.

  • The Bandit

    I say your ratings are not true.

    If there are 300 million people in America, that would mean that only 1 percent were watching the U.S. Open.

    I think more were watching….Golf is the only sport worth watching on TV…It’s pure sport…..Basketball and football have too much subjecitity with the refs…..Referees decide who wins and who loses in basketball and football….

    Golf is pure sport….The refs don’t matter…..How many strokes can you get the ball in the hole……. The refs decide who wins in the NBA and to a lesser extent in the NFL….You think for one second that the NBA was going to let the Celtics beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals….There was no way in hell the Celtics were going to win game 7

    Golf is the only true sport…..Except for the 100 yard dash, which only matters like once every four years in the Olympics

  • The Bandit

    If this was the NBA, they would have made sure Tiger was in the last group, like they have done with LeBron for the ratings………..

    But not in golf!!!

    You can’t fake this sheet!!!!!!!!!!

    You either get it in the hole or you don’t!!!

    Hey Tiger fans!!!

    So sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We can’t manipulate this like NBA refs do!!!!!!!

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    Bandit? In your warped brain, golf is the only sport. That’s insane. And, btw, I am a golf fan.

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