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Williams sisters' doubles final bigger TV draw than men's final

.c The Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - The Wimbledon doubles final won by Serena and Venus Williams drew higher TV ratings than the men's singles final.

NBC's broadcast Sunday averaged a 3.1 overnight rating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, up slightly from the 3.0 for the network's show that included the men's final last year, when rain pushed the match to Monday and it was aired on tape delay.

No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt's 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over David Nalbandian drew ratings that ranged from 2.6 to 3.1 each half hour until noon Sunday.

But NBC's top half-hour ratings for its show - 3.8 to 4.0 - came later in the afternoon, while the Williams sisters were beating French Open champions Paola Suarez and Virginia Ruano Pascual in straight sets.

The women's singles final show Saturday produced a 4.6 overnight rating.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Overnight ratings measure the 53 largest TV markets in the United States, covering about 65 percent of the country.
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wow even the williams sisters playing doubles outshines the mens final
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I am beginning to see a pattern here!

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The Williams Sisters are definitely helping ratings!

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LOL "No one wants to see an all Williams final." LMAO!

"They'll never win a grandslam title" LOL!
"They'll never be ranked #1" LOL!
"They'll never win a title on clay" LOL!
"All they do is hit hard" LOL!
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"Venus will never win another grand slam title" LOL!
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Isn't is grand!

Everybody at work today was telling me they watched it (they all know I worship the girls) and they were all telling me how exciting it was.

These are country white folk - middle class - who even watched the doubles final!

Now if that doesn't speak for Venus and Serena's broad appeal, I don't know what does!


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Yet more evidence of the Williams Sisters destroying tennis as we know it. I feel sorry for CBS which is airing the US Open. The Williams will bore their viewership right into first place.

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If the williams Sisters keep this up womens tennis as we know it will be dead within a year ..zero advertising , zero corporate intrest ,zero sponsorship .......they must at all costs be forced too attend fashion school full time ...to the powers that be, take heed
Ban them now!
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Isn't is grand!

Everybody at work today was telling me they watched it (they all know I worship the girls) and they were all telling me how exciting it was.

These are country white folk - middle class - who even watched the doubles final!

The same thing happend for me, too! When I got to work the country white folk was talking about Venus and Serena! Asking me were those the girls I liked and went to see in Charleston!

Yeah sounds like Venus and Serena are just boring more and more people every day!
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Wow this is so not surprising. I mean it wasn't that long ago when ALOT of people were pressing for Venus and Serena to PLAY more. Alot of fans of tennis couldn't wait for both of them to enter alot of tourneys and play more than 12-18 tourneys. So the fact that the doubles and final drew many viewers is not surprising.

Go Venus and Serena keep on doing great for the WTA and tennis.



note: I work in a all-white establishement. A place where rich retired old millionares live and stay when they need taking care of in their later years.

Well let me tell yah, I was surprised to see alot of people talking about the William sisters and how great they are. I was so proud of tennis and V@S,especially when this eldery lady, out of the blue, said " Isn't it something?" How those two girls, Venus and Serena are playing tennis"? When she mentioned that to me I was surprised and happy. She then went on and said, "My they are very good, they hit the ball so hard, they are amazing". Let me tell yah, she made my night. It was a good feeling to know that alot of people were aware of Venus and Serena and how good they are. I was especially surprised because this elderly lady has a tendency to forget things and is not always aware of everything around her.


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Whether you like them or not, they are making history as we write and speak and that is great.

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It's not hard to draw more ratings than the men's final this year.
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