Any TV ratings news??

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  1. Grigollif1

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    I'm curious because I know that the Roland Garros final was more widely watched on TV, then many years before. This Wimbledon final was really exciting and it is interesting to know if the jump in TV ratings that the Federer x Nadal Rivalry is giving to Tennis, specially in the U.S...
     
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    If i remember the ratings for the french open were higher but not by much. It was still pretty poor.

    I believe it was like 2.5 for 2005 and 2.6 for 2006 :(. People are missing greatness that's for sure, but there is still time to join.
     
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    I bet these ratings will be higher since it's Wimbledon (more prestige, etc. than French). It seems that Wimbledon draws more of the regular Joe American than the French does. Just my opinion.
     
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    Reason: The universal American allergy to red clay, perhaps? Or perhaps, the need for instant gratification absent in the grinding long rallies in RG?

    j/k. ;)
     
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    What are those ratings? American television?

    Let's not forget that the match came on at 9:00am EST live for people here in North America.

    Most youngsters are probably sleeping in due to weekend hangovers.

    Not to mention many others are just waking up and getting ready to attend things like church.
     
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  6. Moose Malloy

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    still haven't seen any articles about the ratings. has anyone?
     
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  7. Bassus

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    I wouldn't expect the Wimbledon finals ratings to be higher than last year, because last year featured Roddick, the second most popular active American tennis player.
     
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    In the UK on BBC One, an audience of 7.1 million at its peak saw Roger Federer win the Wimbledon men's singles final.

    Last year 5.8 million watched the men's championship between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.

    I think this increase in figures is due to the exciting rivalry between Federer and Nadal, however America is probably the one place in the world where there might have been a decrease in viewers because Americans mainly like watching other Americans, and the performance of their players was so very poor this year.
     
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  9. Moose Malloy

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    All the slam finals that Roddick has been in have gotten poor ratings in the US. The Ferrero-Roddick '03 US Open final was the lowest rated US Open final in history(until Federer-Hewitt a year later)
    Americans not named Agassi or Venus/Serena are pretty irrelevant in terms of tv ratings here. I think Nadal-Federer could be equal or even better than Roddick-Federer(which had pretty pathetic numbers anyway)

    Indeed. But we still have a long way to go to achieve the lows of British tennis. I don't think you had a player ranked in the top 100 from 1985-1995.
    I attended Wimbledon for the 1st time in 1992, a journeyman named Jeremy Bates reached the 4th round & was front page news. Was pretty funny to see how desperate a country can be for success that the 4th round is considered a good effort. I doubt the US will ever sink that low.
     
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    Firstly I am surprised by the ratings in the US for Roddicks US Open matches.
    Secondly, yes I totally agree about the state of British tennis. I often tease my British friends about how poor their players are compared to how much fuss they make over them.Having spent time this year living in both England and the US though, I must say I do prefer living in a country that seems to care more about tennis.
     
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    How were the ratings for the Agassi/Federer US Open final? Probably among the highest in recent years, right?
     
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    the US Open ratings will be the best, especially everyone will be watching Andrea and then Roger and Nadal squaring off agian to show how is best once and for all.


    For me if Roger wins this he really is the best right now, even though he will not have as many wins as Nadal.

    If Nadal wins we know that Roger will not become the GOAT
    But I really only see Nadal winning this by the skin on his teeth.

    The AO will be a different story, really I don't think Nadal should have even been at the big W, it was a waste of time and just made him look bad.

    He needs to build, but as long as he keeps the french safe Roger can never be GOAT
     
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    From USA Today:

    2006 Roland Garros Ratings:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/french/2006-06-12-mens-final-ratings_x.htm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ratings for the French Open men's final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were up slightly from last year's championship match.
    Nadal's four-set victory Sunday over Federer, who was trying to win his fourth straight Grand Slam event and first French Open title, drew a 2.1 rating on NBC. Approximately, 1.6 million households watched Nadal win at Roland Garros for the second consecutive year.

    The Spaniard's 2005 four-set victory over Mariano Puerta drew a 2.0 rating for NBC.

    2006 Wimbledon Ratings:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2006-07-11-tv-ratings_x.htm

    Wimbledon: Men's final, Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Sunday,
    9 a.m. 2.9 (2.2 million) NBC Up 16% from Federer-Andy Roddick final last year. Go figure: No American in this year's final, after one in last year's final, but the rating goes up.

    Wimbledon: Women's final, Amelie Mauresmo-Justine Henin-Hardenne Saturday, 9 a.m. 2.2 (1.7 million) NBC Down 45% from Venus Williams-Lindsay Davenport final last year. Makes sense: No American in this year's final, after two in last year's final, and the rating goes down.
     
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    "Breakfast at Wimbledon was not exactly a ratings feast for NBC. The highly-anticipated Sunday showdown between three-time defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and two-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal registered a 2.5 national rating, which was a 19 percent increase over the 2005 final featuring Federer against Andy Roddick.

    The national numbers for the men's final peaked with a 3.8 rating between 11:30 and noon Eastern time on Sunday as the match moved into its final stages."

    http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=15654&bannerregion=

    I think this is most relevant with ratings in US. Both French Open & Wimbledon final start at 9am est/6am pst. The Superbowl could be on at that time & get poor ratings. If a Wimbledon or French Open final goes 5 sets, ratings go up, since more people are awake at 11:00 am than 9 am. I'm sure the main reason Federer-Nadal was higher rated than Roddick-Federer was that it was a longer match.

    Yeah, it was one of the highest rated US Open finals of last 15 years. The other highly rated finals were 1990, 1995, 2002 US Open Finals. All 3 were Agassi-Sampras finals. And the Agassi-Stich, Agassi-Martin finals were pretty big as well. It is a myth that Americans only care about American players. We only care about Agassi(Sampras' finals didn't get great ratings) When he retires, ratings(which are pretty weak anyway) for all events will decline.

    Also, 3 of the 4 grand slam finals are on at a inconvenient time in the US, so ratings can never be that great, even if tennis was a more popular sport. The US Open final is the only one on at a reasonable time, but it is on the same day as opening day for the NFL! That's like Wimbledon being on at the same time as World Cup, tennis can't compete with those events.
     
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    I read ratings for Wimbledon were up almost 5% this year here in the states which is really remarkable since this was the worst showing by American players since 1911 which was before television was created. Americans only like to watch American players which is really sad because they're missing out. Federer is already one of the greatest players of all time and Nadal is quickly on his way to become an all court threat. I could care less about the ratings. It would only become a problem for tennis fans if the major networks and cable stations started carrying less programming because of the lack of interest in the sport. Then we all lose.
     
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    There doesn't seem to be much of a change in the ratings. What will it take to get the Americans watching if not the Roger-Rafa rivalry?

    Agassi's retirement will blow a huge hole in US tennis viewership and there's nobody right now who can pick up where he left off. Very troubling.
     
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  17. Moose Malloy

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    Replace Blake with Federer or Nadal & ratings would increase. An African-American player dominating(not just a Mal Washington type) a 99% white sport would be a huge boost to the sport in the US(Think Tiger). Unfortunately Blake isn't at that level.

    If Serena, Venus, & Capriati were still in the mix, the womens' game would still be pretty big in the US.

    Well, this isn't a new story, remember the "Tennis Is Dead" cover on Sport Illustrated? And that was in 1994. The game hasn't really gotten any more popular over the last 10 years. One of the greatest players of all time(Sampras) was a minor name in the US sports world while he was dominating.

    Agassi came along when Mac & Connors were declining to be tennis' crossover star. No one came along to replace him. I don't think ratings will ever be Agassi-like again.
     
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    Nadal beating Federer at the US Open would be huge, and would elevate Nadal to the top in most people's minds if not the actual ratings.

    But it wouldn't necessarily be the end for Federer's chances at the GOAT. He's already got 2 US Opens. What he need is a French title. If he manages to get that, then the quest to be the GOAT is still very much alive.
     
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    It doesn't help the US Open that they subbornly, and inexplicably insist on scheduling the tournament so that the men's final takes place opposite the opening week of the NFL. They need to move the tournament up a week.
     
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