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Australian Open Finals Register Mixed Ratings For ESPN

Australian Open Finals Register Mixed Ratings For ESPN

By Tennis Week
02/24/2003

Andre Agassi's appeal to American viewers resulted in significant rise in ratings for the men's Australian Open final, while the fourth straight Grand Slam final between the Williams sisters produced a slight drop in the number of viewers tuning into the women's final.


The second-seeded Agassi annihilated Germany's Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to become the first non-Australian man to capture four Australian Open championships. Though the match was a blow out offering little doubt about the outcome from the outset, Agassi's appeal to fans saw ESPN's ratings rise to a 1.8 for the men's final from a 1.2 rating the network generated for the 2002 men's final in which Sweden's Thomas Johansson defeated Marat Safin.

The Australian Open women's final between the Williams sisters in which Serena Williams completed the "Serena Slam" with a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams registered a 2.1 rating which was slightly lower than the 2.3 rating recorded the previous year when Jennifer Capriati fought off a record four match points to defeat Martina Hingis and successfully defend her Australian Open crown.

It was the eighth Grand Slam crown in Agassi’s collection, which matches the career totals of Hall of Famers Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry. The 32-year-old Agassi
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Yes, but the womens semifinals were the highest EVER tennis match on ESPN.


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What did I just hear? Are the great Williams finals really boring the American public? Why yes, that's what the statistics ARE showing!

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What did I just hear? Are the great Williams finals really boring the American public? Why yes, that's what the statistics ARE showing!
Is it just me, or do the "haters" seem like a group of rabid animals when it comes to the Williams sisters?

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2.1 > 1.8
2.3 > 1.2
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that's 1 person with the nielson box going out on a saturday night..

ratings are just really stupid if u ask me.. until the day when everyone has a box, all these ratings crap is just silly.. why does 1 person represent what 1.2 million thinks..

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Well, while both were top flight entertainament, I thought the 2002 final was a bit better than the 2003, even though I enojyed the 2003 more. (Williams fan here) So I'm glad 2002 got a few extra fans.

Hingis and Capriati bring their own fan base. I'd have expected their matchup to do well. Besides, does anyone really WANT the WTA to become like golf, where there's a 'Tiger Tour', and 'oh yeah those guys'. Massive ratings drops whenever Venus and Serena aren't around isn't real good for the tour.


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that's 1 person with the nielson box going out on a saturday night..

ratings are just really stupid if u ask me.. until the day when everyone has a box, all these ratings crap is just silly.. why does 1 person represent what 1.2 million thinks..

I agree, TV ratings are a big joke when they only know what .000001% is actually watching.
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Kinda hard to beat last years final, way to much drama :-) That said, Womens Tennis still rocks :-)
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Wow! You mean to tell me that women's tennis rank higher than men's on a regular basis, yet ESPN choses to show men's tennis more often? What sense does that make? Oh well! I guess the big sponsors (Sexists) prefer to support men's tennis.

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I love how the article makes it seem like the mens ratings blew away the women's ratings.

Also, I wonder if these rankings had anything to do with ESPN spotlighting Aggasi's every FREAKING match and barely showing a women's match live. It wouldn't have anything to do with ESPN deliberately focusing on Men's tennis while treating women's tennis as a second class citizen?? and still the men didn't get higher ratings???
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that's 1 person with the nielson box going out on a saturday night..

ratings are just really stupid if u ask me.. until the day when everyone has a box, all these ratings crap is just silly.. why does 1 person represent what 1.2 million thinks..
You mean, they mean nothing when the Williams aren't making headlines?

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the ratings might drop. Which means the other women tennis players must raise their game up. It is not Venus and Serena's fault that they are better than the rest of the tour. Frankly, I have not gotten tired of watching the williams finals, even though venus has been on the losing end.

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ktwtennis...it sounds like you're just bitter that they were in the finals. The women STILL had better ratings than the men despite what the article was trying to say. The Williams-Williams finals attract many casual viewers, if not avid tennis viewers, and ratings with the sisters playing have been consistently very high. Of course, last years final was extremely interesting and full of drama but stop bashing the Williams sisters when they continue to help the game. Just get over your hatred of them.

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Well this doesn't tell me anything that I didn't already know...

"Americans like watching Americans". 2 Americans facing off in a final draws more viewers than 1 in a final.

Not shocking. If the final had been Roddick vs Agassi the number for the mens final would have been much higher, for that reason.
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