do you think before you speak too?Beggin' Beguine said:The numbers prove once and for all: American TV has blundered by only promoting American players.
I am glad that this makes you so happy! Well I think it being 3am in the UK and 4am in Central Europe when the final was on could mean low ratings over here.. I don't have facts and figures but I really dont think in Belgium in particular, that ratings were lower. A lot more people will have stayed up to watch an all Belgian final than 2 Americans. These are the two biggest female sports stars in Belgium and household names, so I really doubt the ratings were lower over there. Maybe I am wrong and some Belgians on the board can correct me if they are not as famous as I imagine they would be over there.SerenaSlam said:europe ratings were down as well at least that is what ESPNEWS reported they said ratings were down, here in the states and "overseas"
You prpobably know that the men's finals were the least watched in five years. Here is the article:faboozadoo15 said:How About The Mens Final???
lizchris said:You prpobably know that the men's finals were the least watched in five years. Here is the article:
Few Watch U.S. Open Men's Final on TV
.c The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - The rain-hampered U.S. Open ended with the least-watched men's final since 1998.
Andy Roddick's 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain on Sunday afternoon drew a 3.5 preliminary national rating on CBS. That means an average of 3.5 percent of the country's TV homes tuned in at any given moment.
It was the first Grand Slam final for Roddick, a 21-year-old American.
The rating represents a 44 percent drop from the 6.2 rating last year, when Pete Sampras beat longtime rival Andre Agassi in four sets for his 14th major title.
Sampras or Agassi played in the Open's championship match each of the past four years. The last time neither did was in 1998, when Patrick Rafter beat Mark Philippoussis in an all-Australian final, and the rating was 2.7.
The women's final Saturday between Justine Henin-Hardenne and fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters had a preliminary national rating of 2.5. That was a 52 percent drop from 2002, when Serena Williams beat older sister Venus.
09/08/03 17:52 EDT
Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.
I can see why the women's final did so bad in the ratings, but I don't know why Roddick did. The ony thing I can come up with is that this was the opening weekend for NFL football in the states, but that was the case last year, so it has to be something else. It isn't like Andy isn't well known in the US.
Yes we know that already! :tape: There are many on this board that are examples of it. :tape:Kabuke said:It does prove that V&S are missed desperately.
I think the thing is that they bring in a whole different audience that doesn't usually watch tennis except for them.
:bowdown:caelestia said:Whoa, even Roddick: The Chosen One, America's Great Hope, The Shining Star :worship: etc. couldn't inflate the men's ratings
What the hell did the audience want?! Would they only be satisfied with an Agassi-Roddick final?
In that light, the women's final doesn't seem so much worse off. JenCap is and was much less hyped than Roddick so I don't think her presence at the finals would've done something Andy's presence couldn't do.