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Marcell
Sep 8th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Williams gives Open ratings a boost








NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Open's television ratings got a boost with a Williams sister back in the finals.

Serena Williams' win over Jelena Jankovic on Sunday, pushed back a day because of rain, earned a 4.3 overnight rating and a 7 share on CBS, the network said Monday.

That's up 65 percent from the 2.6/5 last year when Justine Henin beat Svetlana Kuznetsova. It's the highest rating since an all-Williams final in 2002, when Serena's victory over Venus drew a 7.2/13.

The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.

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Tennisstar86
Sep 8th, 2008, 10:08 PM
I wonder how much the All-Williams quarter drew...

Pureracket
Sep 8th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Nice!

RFSTB
Sep 8th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Zap2it (http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2008/09/ratings-sunday.html) reported a 3.3/5 rating, which is about on par with 2006 when Maria won against Justine, if memory serves me right. Sunday night ratings are typically higher than Saturday nights since more people watch TV on Sundays. It probably would've been even higher if it wasn't running against NFL on NBC.

Mikey B
Sep 8th, 2008, 11:15 PM
not hard to beat last year's final's ratings... people know the williams sisters, even if they dont follow tennis, but say justine henin and svetlana kuznetsova to someone that doesnt follow the sport and you'd get a 'who'?

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 8th, 2008, 11:24 PM
Thats a very strong rating on a sunday night against Football! :bounce:

DemWilliamsGulls
Sep 8th, 2008, 11:29 PM
That just comes to show how much people want to see a Williams sisters vs Henin or anybody else... ;) This news IS to be expected...they are the greatest thing to hit the WTA..and deep down inside EVERYBODY knows it.

mykarma
Sep 8th, 2008, 11:38 PM
That just comes to show how much people want to see a Williams sisters vs Henin or anybody else... ;) This news IS to be expected...they are the greatest thing to hit the WTA..and deep down inside EVERYBODY knows it.
Even my neighbors who don't watch tennis stayed up late to watch the match. They called me at 6-5 to explain the score because Serena hadn't won. :lol:

doni1212
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Even my neighbors who don't watch tennis stayed up late to watch the match. They called me at 6-5 to explain the score because Serena hadn't won. :lol:

:rolls: That is soooo funny!!! :rolls:

doni1212
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:06 AM
No one can beat the Williams sisters in TV time with the ratings. No more arguments Sharapova fans, ;)

RenaSlam.
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:36 AM
Magnificent.

Vlover
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:51 AM
Even my neighbors who don't watch tennis stayed up late to watch the match. They called me at 6-5 to explain the score because Serena hadn't won. :lol:

I had a friend who is not a tennis fan who called me also at 5-5 to say she was riveted to the tv and to see how I was coping with the tension.:lol: I was even more surprise when she called back immediately after the match so elated over the victory.:D

RFSTB
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:04 AM
For all the people complaining about how the WTA sucks, the women's final was definitely way more entertaining than the men's today.

mykarma
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:08 AM
For all the people complaining about how the WTA sucks, the women's final was definitely way more entertaining than the men's today.

They didn't even show it here on regular tv, it was shown on some ridiculous channel. I guess it was TTC. They pissed me off during football season last year and now this. The only reason I've stayed with them is because I have cable, phone, and internet bundled. I'm getting a dish and they can go to hell.

darrinbaker00
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:14 AM
They didn't even show it here on regular tv, it was shown on some ridiculous channel. I guess it was TTC. They pissed me off during football season last year and now this. The only reason I've stayed with them is because I have cable, phone, and internet bundled. I'm getting a dish and they can go to hell.
Your local CBS affiliate didn't show the match?

eugreene2
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Williams gives Open ratings a boost

That's up 65 percent from the 2.6/5 last year when Justine Henin beat Svetlana Kuznetsova. It's the highest rating since an all-Williams final in 2002, when Serena's victory over Venus drew a 7.2/13.



I forgot how high ratings Venus v Serena used to get. A 7.2 on a saturday night is great!

darrinbaker00
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:44 AM
For all the people complaining about how the WTA sucks, the women's final was definitely way more entertaining than the men's today.
It depends on your perspective. For me, watching Roger Federer is like watching an instructional video (except when he's playing Nadal, of course).

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:48 AM
Even my neighbors who don't watch tennis stayed up late to watch the match. They called me at 6-5 to explain the score because Serena hadn't won. :lol:


too funny :lol: :lol:

SAEKeithSerena
Sep 9th, 2008, 04:07 AM
amazing news.

friendsita
Sep 9th, 2008, 04:19 AM
great

pav
Sep 9th, 2008, 04:59 AM
That translates to an American,doesn't matter a bugger which American,an American doing well means ratings, just jingoism!

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:06 AM
Jankovic?:shrug:

Edinboro
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:15 AM
I have to say I felt sad when the Open ended today. I usually only watch the slams (religiously ) and now that its over im like, "Great a 4 month long stretch of nothing." I guess ill be watching the YEC..=P

darrinbaker00
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:19 AM
I have to say I felt sad when the Open ended today. I usually only watch the slams (religiously ) and now that its over im like, "Great a 4 month long stretch of nothing." I guess ill be watching the YEC..=P
Pick up a racquet and play.

Edinboro
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:23 AM
Id love to play actually. Just dont have the time.

AjdeNate!
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:35 AM
Wow. Great.

SOA_MC
Sep 9th, 2008, 06:41 AM
Serena being an American might have something to do with it

SOA_MC
Sep 9th, 2008, 06:42 AM
I have to say I felt sad when the Open ended today. I usually only watch the slams (religiously ) and now that its over im like, "Great a 4 month long stretch of nothing." I guess ill be watching the YEC..=P

Pick up a racquet and play.

Id love to play actually. Just dont have the time.

If your busy time should fly then:lol:

RFSTB
Sep 9th, 2008, 06:45 AM
From Sports Media Watch, these are the ratings for the USOpen women's final in prime time since 1999. Williams vs. Williams easily drew the highest ratings. Huge drop from '02 to '03, never been the same since.

Overnight ratings for U.S. Open women's final.
4.3/7: S. Williams/Jankovic (Sun., 9/7/08, 9 PM CBS)
2.6/5: Henin/Kuznetsova (Sat., 9/8/07, 8 PM CBS)
3.2/6: Sharapova/Henin (Sat., 9/9/06, 8 PM CBS)
3.1/6: Clijsters/Pierce (Sat., 9/10/05, 8 PM CBS)
2.5/5: Kuznetsova/Dementieva (Sat., 9/11/04, 8 PM CBS)
2.9/5: Henin/Clijsters (Sat., 9/6/03, 8 PM CBS)
7.2/13: S. Williams/V. Williams (Sat., 9/7/02, 9 PM CBS)
7.7/14: V. Williams/S. Williams (Sat., 9/8/01, 9 PM CBS)
6.7/14: V. Williams/Davenport (Sat., 9/9/00, 7 PM CBS)
7.2/17: S. Williams/Hingis (Sat., 9/11/99, 4:30 PM CBS)

-VSR-
Sep 9th, 2008, 06:48 AM
I can't believe the drop in ratings from 2002 to 2003. :eek:

V's a star
Sep 9th, 2008, 06:53 AM
Jankovic?:shrug:

LMFAO!!! :lol: im sry thats supposed to be funny rite? :scared:

asiandude
Sep 9th, 2008, 07:07 AM
Obviously you get better ratings if you're an american playing in america in the finals. Britain has an excellent rating in the mens tennis because Andy Murray.

The best gauge is to look at other countries if the ratings have improved even though their countries are not represented in the finals.

Dodoboy.
Sep 9th, 2008, 07:29 PM
2001 USO final beat College football if i remember correctly!

That had immense viewership.

Something like 20 mil?

frontier
Sep 9th, 2008, 09:12 PM
From Sports Media Watch, these are the ratings for the USOpen women's final in prime time since 1999. Williams vs. Williams easily drew the highest ratings. Huge drop from '02 to '03, never been the same since.

Overnight ratings for U.S. Open women's final.
4.3/7: S. Williams/Jankovic (Sun., 9/7/08, 9 PM CBS)
2.6/5: Henin/Kuznetsova (Sat., 9/8/07, 8 PM CBS)
3.2/6: Sharapova/Henin (Sat., 9/9/06, 8 PM CBS)
3.1/6: Clijsters/Pierce (Sat., 9/10/05, 8 PM CBS)
2.5/5: Kuznetsova/Dementieva (Sat., 9/11/04, 8 PM CBS)
2.9/5: Henin/Clijsters (Sat., 9/6/03, 8 PM CBS)
7.2/13: S. Williams/V. Williams (Sat., 9/7/02, 9 PM CBS)
7.7/14: V. Williams/S. Williams (Sat., 9/8/01, 9 PM CBS)
6.7/14: V. Williams/Davenport (Sat., 9/9/00, 7 PM CBS)
7.2/17: S. Williams/Hingis (Sat., 9/11/99, 4:30 PM CBS)
Serena is the common denominator...AO07 was also highly rated:bounce:

Bijoux0021
Sep 9th, 2008, 09:38 PM
From Sports Media Watch, these are the ratings for the USOpen women's final in prime time since 1999. Williams vs. Williams easily drew the highest ratings. Huge drop from '02 to '03, never been the same since.

Overnight ratings for U.S. Open women's final.

4.3/7: S. Williams/Jankovic (Sun., 9/7/08, 9 PM CBS)
2.6/5: Henin/Kuznetsova (Sat., 9/8/07, 8 PM CBS)
3.2/6: Sharapova/Henin (Sat., 9/9/06, 8 PM CBS)
3.1/6: Clijsters/Pierce (Sat., 9/10/05, 8 PM CBS)
2.5/5: Kuznetsova/Dementieva (Sat., 9/11/04, 8 PM CBS)
2.9/5: Henin/Clijsters (Sat., 9/6/03, 8 PM CBS)
7.2/13: S. Williams/V. Williams (Sat., 9/7/02, 9 PM CBS)
7.7/14: V. Williams/S. Williams (Sat., 9/8/01, 9 PM CBS)
6.7/14: V. Williams/Davenport (Sat., 9/9/00, 7 PM CBS)
7.2/17: S. Williams/Hingis (Sat., 9/11/99, 4:30 PM CBS)
CBS must be very happy to have had a Williams sister finally back in the final this year. The ratings for the past 5 years have been so disappointing.

serenafann
Sep 10th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Thats great news.. Serena is a true superstar in tennis,and the ratings reflect that.I wish Serena would get more attention for the great ratings she often achieives.

serenafann
Sep 10th, 2008, 12:24 AM
Serena is the common denominator...AO07 was also highly rated:bounce:

So true.

Pureracket
Sep 10th, 2008, 12:32 AM
Serena's the best ever.

frontier
Sep 10th, 2008, 12:56 AM
I hope Nike gives her a meatier deal to equal her popularity....I think she will sign an even bigger deal end of year a la $80mil
Go RENA GO!!!!!GO GET THAT DOUGH:rocker:

Kunal
Sep 10th, 2008, 01:14 AM
sweeeeet

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 10th, 2008, 04:44 AM
just curious, does anyone know whose nike deal is bigger, serena or sharapova?

mykarma
Sep 10th, 2008, 11:05 PM
Your local CBS affiliate didn't show the match?
They showed the women's match but not the men.