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Over 23,500,000 people in the US alone watched the US Open finals between the Williams, I did not realize the magnitude of that feat until I saw the rating for the World Series (baseball) and Monday night football. No wonder the WTA is mad at Venus. What a tremendous pull these 2 women have! All I can say is WOW!

Rank Name Network<br /> Time Rating* Share* Audience <br />1 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 7(S) FOX 7:58PM Sun 23.50 34.00 24,826,000 <br />2 FRIENDS NBC 8:00PM Thur 16.80 25.00 17,765,000 <br />3 E.R. NBC 10:00PM Thur 16.30 26.00 17,212,000 <br />4 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4(S) FOX 8:33PM Wed 15.80 27.00 16,717,000 <br />5 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 3(S) FOX 8:34PM Tues 15.40 24.00 16,280,000 <br />6 CSI CBS 9:00PM Thur 14.50 21.00 15,331,000 <br />7 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 5(S) FOX 8:25PM Thur 14.40 24.00 15,207,000 <br />8 FRIENDS-S.(S) NBC 8:30PM Thur 14.00 20.00 14,800,000 <br />9 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 6(S) FOX 7:56PM Sat 13.80 24.00 14,515,000 <br />10 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS 9:00PM Mon 13.10 19.00 13,852,000 <br />11 LAW AND ORDER NBC 10:00PM Wed 12.50 21.00 13,136,000 <br />12 WILL & GRACE NBC 9:00PM Thur 12.20 18.00 12,903,000 <br />13 WEST WING NBC 9:00PM Wed 12.00 18.00 12,608,000 <br />14 FOX WORLD SERIES GM3-PRE(S) FOX 8:00PM Tues 11.70 19.00 12,319,000 <br />15 NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 9:07PM Mon 11.60 19.00 12,289,000
 

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Yes Victory, that's exactly why the tour is mad at Venus. If you can't count on your best draw and best player to show up, what hae you got?

Lindsay keeps getting injured.<br />Jenn won't act like a 'lady'.<br />Venus won't show up.<br />Martina can't play anymore.

That's your top four. We blame the tour for failure to promote, but the current top four aren't contributing much either. The 'All-Williams' final was all themedia event the tour could have hoped for. Then Venus and Serena didn't play til the Sanex. And then only Serena. And then Lindsay pulls out of the last match.

The players have to help the tour more.
 

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And those viewing numbers explain why the WTA will have to choose Venus as the Player of the Year. If not 24 million people will think she got robbed and the WTA will have to continue to fight for legitimacy.

It is bad enough that 24 million people heard Mary Carillo make the unsubstantiated charge that Venus was intentionally lessening her game to let Serena win points. I'll bet Mary got an earful from the networks for that blunder. Even Johnny Mac, et.al. didn't respond.
 

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I agree with you 100% RMC. Like the tour has been so fair to Venus yeah right, Puleeze. I just wish for her to win slams and then go on with her life. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> She is a great role model for women not just tennis. Go on Venus. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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So true Dawn,the day venus decide she wants to be number 1# tthey will still say something. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
 

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I think Venus is smart enough and strong enough to know when she's being used. That goes for the whole Williams family in fact. If the WTA tour is so popular (more so than the ATP-by many if not all accounts) then why are they still fighting for equal prize money at the most "prestigious" event in tennis? Wimbledon. Why aren't WTA tour events offering the same sort of prize money as the ATP? Perhaps when the WTA get its act together and learn how to promote like the men and pay their players accordingly why should Venus and Serena play more? Serena played in only 10 events this past year, fewer than anyone in the top 10 and yet ended the year as the number 3 prize money winner and her sister with just playing in two more than her as the top money winner??
 

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"It is bad enough that 24 million people heard Mary Carillo make the unsubstantiated charge that Venus was intentionally lessening her game to let Serena win points."

You're right on rmc. And the irony is that even before Mary could get that foolishness out of her mouth, Venus hit a screaming winner on the next point.

I generally like MC, but she really put her foot in her mouth on that one.

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I just want to say that playing my brother at sometimes you do tend to lessen up if you are beating them badly. So, Venus may have been doing that, just subconsciously. But when it really came down to it, she wanted to win and she did, and that's what happens in matches with my siblings as well, so I can relate.
 

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Yeah star power for Venus and Serena!
 
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