Federer’s Sparkling Comeback Gives ESPN Its Third-Highest US Open Tennis Overnight; New York Top Market at 2.8
Roger Federer’s comeback from two sets down, including saving two match points, to defeat Gael Monfils in an exciting three-hour and 21-minute quarterfinal match last night, garnered ESPN a 1.6 overnight rating, the third-highest US Open tennis rating in the company’s six years of televising the Open and its highest number since 2009 (two 1.9 overnights).
“New York is known for great theatre and last night fans were treated to a thrilling drama featuring two compelling stars, a fitting finale to our sixth year of singles coverage at the US Open and a great springboard to the launch of ESPN’s exclusive coverage in 2015,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming and acquisitions.
The top-rated markets for last night’s telecast, on a very competitive night, were:
New York – 2.8
Washington, DC – 2.5
Ft. Myers – 2.4
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale – 2.3
Louisville – 2.3
West Palm Beach – 2.3
Richmond – 2.1
|Houston – 2.0
Philadelphia – 2.0
Baltimore – 2.0
ESPN2’s live coverage of the 2014 US Open will conclude Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET with the Men’s Doubles Championship featuring the Bryan Brothers (Bob and Mike) from the United States going for their 100th career title and 16th win in a major tournament. They will face Marcel Granollers and Marc López of Spain.
ESPN2 & US Open 2014
|Sun Sep 7||12:30 – 2:30 p.m.||US Open Men’s Doubles Championship||ESPN2|
|8:30 – 9:30 p.m.||SportsCenter at the US Open||ESPN2|
ESPN & the US Open in 2015
In May 2013, ESPN and the USTA announced that ESPN would be the exclusive home in North and South America of the US Open from first ball through the women’s and men’s championships each summer from New York beginning in 2015. ESPN has televised approximately100 hours of live US Open matches annually since 2009, and will air 130+ hours with the addition of day-long coverage of the “middle weekend” – Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday – plus both the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals. The 11-year agreement also includes expanded digital and international rights.