ESPN’s live, exclusive coverage of the US Open was seen by an average of 1,275,000 viewers (P2+), up 23% from last year (1,038,000), ESPN’s most ever for the event.
Sunday’s men’s championship at the US Open – Rafael Nadal outlasting Daniil Medvedev in five sets for his 19th Major title – earned a 2.0 overnight rating for the five-hour, 15-minute telecast, ESPN’s best since 2015 and up 33% from a 1.5 last year.
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Saturday’s women’s championship at the US Open – Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu surprising Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 – earned a 2.7 overnight rating for the three-hour telecast, ESPN’s best ever for the event and up 13% from a 2.4 year ago, the previous high.
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Last night’s women’s semifinals at the US Open earned a 1.6 rating, up 14% from a year ago and equaling ESPN’s best for that round, achieved in 2017 when all four players were Americans.
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Last night’s match between American prodigy Coco Gauff and top-seed Naomi Osaka drew a 1.9 overnight rating for the 90-minute segment on ESPN2, according to Nielsen.
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After four days of ESPN’s exclusive, live coverage of the US Open, viewership is up 26%, from an average of 691,000 viewers (P2+) to 870,000. Every telecast has outperformed the equivalent window in 2018.
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Bolstered by increased viewership for multiple editions of SportsCenter and other studio shows, ESPN viewership rose 8% in August compared to the year before, from an average of 451,000 viewers to 486,000 on a total day basis, according to Nielsen.
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The opening night session at the US Open on ESPN2 – primarily six-time champ #8 Serena Williams routing 2006 winner Maria Sharapova and five-time winner #3 Roger Federer overcoming Sumit Nagal – earned a 1.0 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. That represents a 43% increase over opening night a year ago and the best in a decade. The first night in 2009 earned a 1.1 overnight rating.
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