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Infiniti2001
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:37 PM
.c The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - TV ratings were up for the U.S. Open women's semifinals.

CBS Sports' coverage of Friday's action at the National Tennis Center drew an overnight rating of 3.0, 11 percent higher than last year's 2.7.

Overnight ratings measure the 53 largest TV markets in the United States, covering about 65 percent of the country.

Two-time defending champion Venus Williams' three-set victory over Amelie Mauresmo in the first semifinal had a 3.2, while Serena Williams' defeat of Lindsay Davenport in straight sets had a 3.8.

The men's doubles final earlier Friday got a 2.3.

The first time both Williams sisters were in the U.S. Open semifinals, in 1999, the overnight ratings were much higher. Serena beat Davenport that year, too, and the match had a 4.1 overnight. Venus' loss to Martina Hingis in the 1999 semifinals drew a 6.0.

COURAGE AWARD:@ The Corina Morariu Courage Award was established Saturday to honor someone exemplifying the valor and bravery shown by Morariu, who returned to Grand Slam tennis at the U.S. Open less than 1 1/2 years after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Morariu will be the award's first recipient at the Nov. 6-11 WTA Championships.

NO SIMON, JUST GARFUNKEL:@ There won't be sounds of silence before the U.S. Open men's final Sunday.

Art Garfunkel, who is from Queens, will sing ``Bridge Over Troubled Water'' and ``America the Beautiful'' before the championship match.

There are four other finals Sunday: women's doubles, junior boys, junior girls, senior men, and senior women.

SISTER STATS:@ Venus and Serena Williams aren't the first sister act in tennis.

There have been nine other sister vs. sister combinations on the WTA Tour since 1971, including the Maleevas, with three siblings: Manuela, Magdalena and Katerina.

Of the 31 head-to-head matches between sisters before the U.S. Open final, the younger sisters had a combined record of just 7-24, with Serena Williams owning four of those victories by Little Sis.

The U.S. Open will mark the 45th career title for the Williams family; heading in, Venus had 28, Serena 16. The three Maleevas rank next on the list of titles won by sisters, with a total of 38. Kathy and Barbara Jordan won five.

09/07/02 18:14 EDT

Brian Stewart
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:44 PM
Pretty good. And it shows what I've been saying about a "coattail effect". A 2.3 for a men's doubles match with no Americans or "name" players recognizable to the general public is pretty good.

-Sonic-
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:48 PM
Hi!

I have had those rating things explained to me before on a buffy site (yay) but i've totally forgotten what they mean with the 2.7 and the 3.0, and how there is 11% difference between them.

If anyone could help a backwards Brit that would be wonderful :D

lisagayj
Sep 7th, 2002, 11:37 PM
A rating is the percentage of the nation's estimated 102.2 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,022,000 households.

Comparing ratings from past years can sometimes be deceptive. In 1999 a ratings represented less than a million homes.

While we're at it, a share is the percentage of all the sets in use watching a particular program.

Hope this helps.

-Sonic-
Sep 7th, 2002, 11:42 PM
thanks :)

so thats a % of all homes, and not homes with their tv on?

Monica_Rules
Sep 7th, 2002, 11:42 PM
Good to see!:)

lisagayj
Sep 7th, 2002, 11:56 PM
Sonic,

ratings = percentage of household
share = percentage of sets in use

-Sonic-
Sep 8th, 2002, 12:03 AM
:D

thank u! :D

Williams Rulez
Sep 8th, 2002, 06:01 AM
Well, that is nice... :)

Wonder what the ratings are for the finals

Brian Stewart
Sep 9th, 2002, 01:43 AM
Women's final- 7.2, only off about 6% from last year. Pretty good, considering the novelty factor isn't there this year. It means it held steady otherwise, and probably improved a bit.

Men's semis- 4.2, up 50% (Pete and Andre, and the "last hurrah?" factor.)