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2.5 according to the link below:

http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,272_617|83381|1|,00.html
 

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How does that compare to previous USO Women's finals?! Is that good or below average?!
 

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It was ranked third for the night, behind both ABC and NBC. :eek:
 

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I'd like to know how many people exactly atch it.

BTW, the final rated lower than whatever was onn FOX, so that is pretty bad.
 

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Ratings down 52 percent for women's final at Open


September 7, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) -- The all-Belgian U.S. Open final was watched in about half as many homes as last year's all-Williams title match.

Justine Henin-Hardenne's 7-5, 6-1 victory over Kim Clijsters on Saturday night drew a preliminary national TV rating of 2.5 on CBS Sports. That means an average of 2.5 percent of the country's television households tuned in from 8 p.m. to 10:06 p.m.

It's a 52 percent drop from the 5.2 rating for the 2002 final, when Serena Williams beat older sister Venus in straight sets.

And it's 63 percent lower than the 6.8 rating in 2001, when Venus beat Serena for the Open title -- and drew a larger audience than a Top 25 college football game on another network.

There was a similar drop in viewership for NBC at the French Open, when Henin-Hardenne beat Clijsters in the first Grand Slam tournament final between two Belgians. That final's ratings were about 40 percent lower than the 2002 championship match, which also was played by the Williams sisters.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use.
 

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what do you expect with no americans in it??
Seems like americans only care about tv ratings :eek:

All Williams finals don't have high ratings in europe ;)
 

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U.S. Open Ratings Down Without Williamses

.c The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The all-Belgian U.S. Open final was watched in about half as many homes as last year's all-Williams title match.

Justine Henin-Hardenne's 7-5, 6-1 victory over Kim Clijsters on Saturday night drew a preliminary national TV rating of 2.5 on CBS Sports. That means an average of 2.5 percent of the country's television households tuned in from 8 p.m. to 10:06 p.m.

It's a 52 percent drop from the 5.2 rating for the 2002 final, when Serena Williams beat older sister Venus in straight sets.

And it's 63 percent lower than the 6.8 rating in 2001, when Venus beat Serena for the Open title - and drew a larger audience than a Top 25 college football game on another network.

There was a similar drop in viewership for NBC at the French Open, when Henin-Hardenne beat Clijsters in the first Grand Slam tournament final between two Belgians. That final's ratings were about 40 percent lower than the 2002 championship match, which also was played by the Williams sisters.

The U.S. Open men's semifinals Saturday afternoon also drew lower ratings than a year ago, averaging a 2.3, compared to 2.9 last year and 2.8 in 2001. On Saturday, Andre Agassi lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero, while Andy Roddick rallied from a two-set deficit to beat David Nalbandian.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use.



09/07/03 15:36 EDT

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.


Not to gloat, but I predicted an all-Belgian final would do bad, but I didn't think it would do this bad. I bet you next year, if the Williamses are injured, they will do whatever it takes to get them healthy to play in the tournament.
 

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OMG--it even ranked lower than Discovery Channel repeat--The Evolution of the Fungus Gnat!!!
 

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this is the most troubling for CBS

Among adults 18-49, ABC led with a 2.6 rating. FOX averaged 2.2, NBC 2.0 and CBS 1.0.
That is the key demographic for advertisers...That's what they are willing to pay the big bucks for.
 

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Are'nt we REAL Tennis fans should not be concerned about TV ratings???? If thats the case then Anna Kounikova should always be in the final!!!!!

WHY NEED TO POINT OUT THIS????
 

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In the UK we never have a home player in the final but the rating are always high because it's the Wimbledon final. This year's men and women's finals had over 50% of people watching a TV in the UK watching the matches. Its obvious that unless there is an American involved that the audience is low, unlike here where we watch whoever is there.
 

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per4ever said:
what do you expect with no americans in it??
Seems like americans only care about tv ratings :eek:

All Williams finals don't have high ratings in europe ;)
What were the ratings for the followng recent all-Williams finals?:

2003 Wimbeldon
2003 AO
2002 USO
2003 Wimbeldon

It's not the Americans who care; it's the people who make money off of sporting events like this, such as advertisers and the networks who cover the event (CBS and USA cable) and believe me, when they see a 52% drop in a sporting event from last year, they will take notice. So will the USTA and the WTA and maybe they will start treating the Williams sisters better.
 

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Is it okay to gloat now and to finally stop complaining about how Williams finals are so boring. It appears that people find them still intriguing even if many "tennis experts" say they do not produce the best tennis.

Go Venus, Go Serena. Help revive tennis
 

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Amanda said:
OMG--it even ranked lower than Discovery Channel repeat--The Evolution of the Fungus Gnat!!!
Worse than that, I think it ranked lower than the followng events:

Justine/Jennifer semifinal
Biography Channel's Cult TV stars bios of Floerence Henderson, Reba McEntire, Diahann Carroll and Carolyn Jones (I'm not trying to be funny on this one; the stories were really good)
 
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