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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