"The rain-slogged 2002 Wimbledon averaged a 2.1 rating for its 15 telecasts, 22 percent lower than 2001, and 36 percent lower than 2000. But the Saturday broadcast, featuring the women’s final between sisters Serena and Venus Williams, drew a 4.6 rating — 31 percent higher than 2001."
The ratings for the women's final was over double the ratings for the men and the entire tournament.
The ratings for the men is dropping while the chart on the women is steadily rising.
Thanks to V&S of course. ;)
Feb 26th, 2003, 08:33 PM
Uh maybe it was because is was the FINALS. Like saying wow the superbowl got more viewers than the regular playoff games. ;)
Feb 26th, 2003, 08:36 PM
With all due respect, Tee, I think your comprehension of these stats leaves something to be desired.
Feb 26th, 2003, 08:37 PM
So, why weren't the men's ratings as high.
Secondly, finals rarely double the ratings of previous rounds or the entire event.
Feb 26th, 2003, 10:46 PM
it really does have to do with the sisters. like i said before about them making the ratings. You can either be for them, or against them. and you have to watch them to root for them, and you have to watch them to root against them! either way, the sisters will be drawing in the ratings!
Feb 26th, 2003, 11:29 PM
No American men survived to the round of 16. Are we meant to be surprised about these ratings? :confused:
Feb 26th, 2003, 11:46 PM
That 2.1 average for all of the telecasts included the women's finals, and women's semis, which were also significantly above the overall average. If you take them out of the mix, the remaining telecasts drop under a 2.0 average.
The funny part about the ratings is the networks getting their comuppance for a decade of jingoism, with NBC being among the most nationalistic. Now, faced with a near future of most grand slam men's finals having no Americans, they are trying to backtrack. It used to be different. Fans used to tune in to watch the likes of Borg, Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Becker, even if they weren't playing Americans. There might be a slight dropoff in ratings vs a match with Americans, but it wasn't as steep as it is now.
The networks have only themselves to blame, after a decade of sowing "only Americans matter". Reap and weep, baby.
Feb 27th, 2003, 06:10 AM
The issue is not just about the playing ability of the new American men.
They just aren't that interesting. They are downright dull because they took after Pete. He was the only guy on earth who could date movie stars and still be dull.
When Andre goes, so goes American men's tennis.