ESPN Scores Best Ever Tennis TV Rating For Federer-Murray Wimbledon Final
by Staff | July 9th, 2012, 11:31 pm
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In the often murky world of TV ratings, ESPN put up a blockbuster number for its Sunday Wimbledon final. In its first of 12 years as the U.S. broadcaster of the entire Wimbledon tennis championships, ESPN registered a record 2.9 rating for the men’s final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

The mark eclipsed the network’s previous best of 2.3 jointly held by the 1995 Australian Open final between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi and the 2002 Australian Open final between Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis.

The 2.9 rating represents an average of 2,876,000 households and 3,925,000 viewers, also tennis records for ESPN. The rating for Sunday’s final peaked at a 4.1 for the half hour starting at 1 p.m. ET.

The Saturday women’s final won by Serena Williams over Agnieszka Radwanska earned a 2.3 coverage rating for the match and a 1.9 for the five-hour scheduled window.

Last year’s NBC rating for the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal Men’s Final earned a 2.1. The 2010 final between Tomas Berdych-Nadal a 1.9 and the 2009 featuring Federer winning 16-14 over American Andy Roddick a 4.2.


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22 Comments for ESPN Scores Best Ever Tennis TV Rating For Federer-Murray Wimbledon Final

addicted Says:

I am not sure I get it. The headline says that the 2.9 was the best ever rating, but the last paragraph says the Fed-Roddick match had a 4.2 rating?


K Says:

Fed-Roddick was shown on NBC.


madmax Says:

I was just about to say “wow”, then I read addicted post. So surely, the Roddick/Federer match was higher?


Small print Says:

The title says ESPN, the last paragraph says NBC.


alison Says:

For me it was a classic occasion,rather than been a classic match,it was a good match but not a great one,the 1st two sets were very competitive,but after that Murray seemed to fall apart,dont get me wrong thats how good Roger is,but i was dying for a 2008 Roger/Rafa,or 2009 Roger/Roddick 5 set epic thriller with two player going toe to toe,and nobody knowing which way that the match would swing right till the end,a bit of anti climax for me,a match that promised so much but failed to live up to the expectations of the hype surounding it,just my take sorry.


Kimberly Says:

Espn did a great job with the event from the start to finish . Knew they would.


Humble Rafa Says:

First, we should send people here to reading comprehension class.

Second, Americans don’t love sports where they are perennial losers. I can’t imagine what will happen if Serena retires. That is partly holding up the ranking. Ofcourse Murderer (“Mur”ray-Fed”erer=Murderer..just like Fedal) was block buster.

Also hearing through the grapevine that the Arrogant One is teaming up with Tony Godsick to form a sports agency like IMG.


NachoF Says:

I thought wimbledon 08 had the highest ratings ever but it wasn’t even mentioned here…. Weird


dari Says:

They are saying ESPN’s ratings are their highest this final, the other high ratings are from NBC.

They did do great, especially when there were two channels to choose from! I tweeted Darren cahill and he responded, he has actually done that a couple times I like his commentary and analysis the most


alison Says:

NachoF thats exactly what i thought,however even if it wasnt the most watched it was certainly the best IMO,closely followed by the 2009 final,even the likes of Macenroe,Becker,Henman,Castle agree with me on that one.


dari Says:

It probably did, nacho, until the roddick match came along.


I like tennis bullies Says:

The rating for Sunday’s final peaked at a 4.1 for the half hour starting at 1 p.m. ET.
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So millions of sports fans tuned in at 1:00 expecting to see something else, saw Wimbledon, and then changed the channel. how is this a good thing?


Skeezer Says:

This final had good pre story hype, with alot on the line for both. Glad the Maestro helped “score best ever Tennis rating”, proves he is part of why everyone watches Tennis. King of Tennis.


the mind reels Says:

I like tennis bullies Says:
The rating for Sunday’s final peaked at a 4.1 for the half hour starting at 1 p.m. ET.
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So millions of sports fans tuned in at 1:00 expecting to see something else, saw Wimbledon, and then changed the channel. how is this a good thing?

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Or, more likely, at 1p EST, when most of the West Coast was finally awake on a sunday, scores of people tuned in to catch the end of the conclusion of the match (Murray was serving at 4-5 in the fourth then). Seems like not a bad thing to me…


Stella Says:

Nice to see tennis pull in so many viewers. I wonder how much coverage it will get at the Olympics.


jamie Says:

Boring final.


skeezer Says:

^According to the ratings it wasn’t. You must have got caught up watching the Astrology channel and missed it.


Brando Says:

the final was VERY GOOD IMHO.

Set 1, 2 were VERY CLOSE, TENSE SETS. COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY.

Set 3 was VERY TENSE, with BOTH GUYS producing high quality tennis as they knew this was the VITAL set in the match.

set 4, to me, felt like we were heading towards the INEVITABLE- BUT EVEN then though, fed was playing HIS BEST by then and andy was FIGHTING COMMENDABLY.

OVERALL, as a rafa fan, i would say it was BETTER THAN FO 12 final, IMHO.

this was A CLOSE CONTEST- moreso than most realise i would argue!


jamie Says:

The final was boring since it was expected Murray would fold like a cheap tent eventually, which he did, of course. Even Roddick in 2009 put a better fight out there. Even though 2009 final result was NID, it was entertaining until the end of the 5th set.


jamie Says:

Murray couldn’t even take it to a 5th set like Roddick did in 2009.


jamie Says:

Which makes the 2009 final >>>>>>>> than the 2012 final.


vrtrop Says:

Jamie, you always seems angry. Possibly angry because of who Roger beat in the Wimby semis? Do you remember this prediction:

jamie Says:
Slam winners for 2012 and 2013

The next 7 slam winners will be:

Nole 3
Murray 2
Nadal 1
Del Potro 1
Federer 0

So for the rest of 2012 and 2013, Nole will win 3 slams, Murray will win 2 slams, Nadal will win 1 slam and Del Potro will win 1 slam. Federer will win 0 slams.

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