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ESPN Reports Ratings Rise For Miami, Indian Wells

ESPN Reports Ratings Rise For Miami, Indian Wells

Photo By Fred Mullane By Tennis Week
04/07/2004

If you tuned into ESPN's coverage of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells or the Nasdaq-100 Open on Key Biscayne, you had company. ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of both tournaments showed a significant ratings rise from 2003.
The Pacific Life Open averaged 252,000 households on ESPN, up 36 percent over last year's average of 185,000. ESPN2’s growth was 28 percent, with an average of 236,000 homes, which was a 50,000 increase from the 2003 average of 184,000.

The world's top-ranked singles players — Roger Federer and Justine Henin-Hardenne — captured the Pacific Life Open men's and women's titles. Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, both proven ratings winners for ESPN, may have contributed to the ratings increase with strong showings at Indian Wells. Agassi advanced to the semifinals before falling to Federer and Roddick played one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament before bowing to Briton Tim Henman in the quarterfinals.

A pair of fellow Floridians who view the the Nasdaq-100 Open as their home tournament — Serena Williams and Andy Roddick — drew more viewers to ESPN's Key Biscayne coverage this year.

ESPN's Nasdaq-100 Open coverage averaged 372,000 households — an increase of 60 percent from the 2003 average of 233,000. ESPN2's numbers were up 22 percent, from 170,000 last year to 207,000 this year.

The top-seeded Williams' triumphant return to tournament tennis after an eight-month absence, culminating with her crushing Elena Dementieva, 6-1, 6-1, in the most lopsided women's final in Nasdaq-100 Open as well as Roddick's rousing run to the men's title that included a quarterfinal comeback against Carlos Moya and an all- Boca Raton semifinal with Vince Spadea were key components in the ratings rise.

Both the men's and women's tournament finals were televised by CBS.

Last year, ESPN and ESPN2 became the first in U.S. television history to have as many as three Grand Slam events, with Wimbledon joining a lineup that included the French Open and the Australian Open (an exclusive ESPN property since 1984). The networks’ schedule also includes the ATP Masters Series, WTA tournaments, and the Davis Cup.

This year marks ESPN’s 25th anniversary on September 7th and the 25th anniversary of the network’s tennis coverage, which began a week later — September 14th, 1979 — with Argentina vs. the U.S. in Davis Cup play in Memphis, Tenn. Cliff Drysdale made his ESPN debut that day as John McEnroe defeated Guillermo Vilas and Vitas Gerulaitis defeated Jose-Luis Clerc.
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This is horrible news! This means we have to endure more Roddick, Agassi, Williams, and Williams because now ESPN truly believes those are the 4 players everyone wants to see. I personally don't enjoy seeing Agassi blowing snot and boogers on the court! UGH!
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This sport still gets pathetic ratings in the US.They can't even manage half a million people.
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This sport still gets pathetic ratings in the US.They can't even manage half a million people.
In fairness to the US (since I am an American), the Nasdaq-100 was held a week later and at the same time as the NCAA mens' basketball tournament.
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This is horrible news! This means we have to endure more Roddick, Agassi, Williams, and Williams because now ESPN truly believes those are the 4 players everyone wants to see. I personally don't enjoy seeing Agassi blowing snot and boogers on the court! UGH!

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This is horrible news! This means we have to endure more Roddick, Agassi, Williams, and Williams because now ESPN truly believes those are the 4 players everyone wants to see. I personally don't enjoy seeing Agassi blowing snot and boogers on the court! UGH!
It's gross when he does all that spitting and gakking all over the court.
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This is horrible news! This means we have to endure more Roddick, Agassi, Williams, and Williams because now ESPN truly believes those are the 4 players everyone wants to see. I personally don't enjoy seeing Agassi blowing snot and boogers on the court! UGH!
Yea, they aren't the onli ones that I wanna see, I wanna see other players too.
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In fairness to the US (since I am an American), the Nasdaq-100 was held a week later and at the same time as the NCAA mens' basketball tournament.
Yea, and considering how crazy the NCAA tournement is over here, I'd consider those decent ratings.
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Thier coverage is kinda sucky, I think we should make our voices heard. I mean why should they repeat a match played and shown earlier in the day instead of putting on live tennis?

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This is horrible news! This means we have to endure more Roddick, Agassi, Williams, and Williams because now ESPN truly believes those are the 4 players everyone wants to see. I personally don't enjoy seeing Agassi blowing snot and boogers on the court! UGH!
Serena, yes, but Venus? Please They only showed her quarterfinal match at Miami.
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Thier coverage is kinda sucky, I think we should make our voices heard. I mean why should they repeat a match played and shown earlier in the day instead of putting on live tennis?
Yea, they put live, but they show matches like few hours ago. They always show matches with American(s) in it in early rounds, exception for quarterfinals and beyond.
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