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Australian Open Women's Final Sets Ratings Record

Oz Open Women's Final Sets Ratings Record For ESPN2



01/30/2007

The ceiling was closed above Rod Laver Arena, but the ratings went through the roof. The Australian Open's clash of champions created a ratings record for ESPN2. Unseeded Serena Williams' 6-1, 6-2 comprehensive conquest of top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the Oz Open final was a historic telecast for the Grand Slam network.

The final was the highest-rated and most watched tennis telecast in ESPN2 history. The match, which started at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday night, registered a 1.9 rating, drawing an average 1,715,000 homes, which was double the audience and ratings for the 2006 final between Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne. The 2006 women's final drew a 0.9 rating and average 839,000 homes.

The previous top tennis telecast in ESPN2 history was the 2005 women's final in which Serena Williams beat Lindsay Davenport. That match was seen in an average 1,350,000 million homes and drew a 1.5 rating.

Despite the fact it lasted just 63 minutes, the Williams-Sharapova final, featuring two of the most widely-recognized players in the sport, set a ratings record for ESPN2. Only five other matches on ESPN various Australian Open finals and the 1996 Miami final, which benefitted from a rain delay in drawing viewers who had tuned in for a NASCAR race scheduled for the same time slot drew larger audiences than the Williams-Sharapova final.
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just shows how boring Amelie and Justine are
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I knew that was going to happen.


Someone bet me $100 that the ESPN commentary B*&^(es will not spin those numbers like it had more to do with Maria being in the final than Serena?

what did that other article say the top 5 rated matches all included Serena?
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I bet they were pissed it only lasted 63 minutes.

Women's tennis sucks.
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It was obvious. Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova. Of course those ratings were going to be through the roof!

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There it is! Still the leading lady for women's tennis contrary to the myth some would like you to believe. She doesn't need any stupid ad just mention her name and they know who she is and want to see what she's up to.

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It was obvious. Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova. Of course those ratings were going to be through the roof!
Ah, Serena's improbable run meant there were going to be great ratings....Maria being her oponent was just icing on the cake.
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proof that my two favs are the best in the business.

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just shows how boring Amelie and Justine are
second that

Apparently, the 2 shot makers did not catch too many people attention.

I am sure this thread will be forever a reference material for future
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You'd think ESPN's tennis commentators would be nicer to Serena considering she generates so much money for their company

Really, don't even look at me...
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Tennis needs Serena and Maria.

I think it's pretty much a proven fact by now.
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You'd think ESPN's tennis commentators would be nicer to Serena considering she generates so much money for their company
And for them.

To tell you the truth, ESPN does not that many people on the staff to cover the tournament.

It is only because Serena is keeping their revenue up they can afford to keep
all these people.

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And for them.

To tell you the truth, ESPN does not that many people on the staff to cover the tournament.

It is only because Serena is keeping they revenue they can afford to keep
all these people.
Wow, so without Serena Shriver and Carillo wouldn't be getting a check. Especially Shriver, because at least Carillo still has a gig at CBS and also commentates for NBC during the French and Wimbledon. Maybe they should watch their mouths

Really, don't even look at me...
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