ESPN’s Wimbledon Audience up over 2017


ESPN’s Wimbledon Audience up over 2017

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Wimbledon fortnight earned a +6% increase in audience (P2+) over the 2017 Championships, according to Nielsen.  ESPN’s coverage averaged 667,000 viewers vs. 630,000 a year ago.  ESPN has had exclusive first ball to last ball coverage for Wimbledon since 2012.

The Gentlemen’s Semifinals’ pair of thrillers, the Kevin Anderson-John Isner marathon and the two-day Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal matchup, resulted in the best Gentlemen’s Semifinals since 2013 with overall viewership up +24% over last year.

Serena Williams’s return to Wimbledon after missing 2017 drove the Ladies’ Championship match window to be the most-viewed since 2012 with an average of 2.7 million viewers, up +32% over 2017.

Digital consumption of tennis content grew across and the ESPN App, up +63% over 2017’s Championships. Angelique Kerber’s win over Serena Williams in the Ladies’ Championship drove the most video starts, while the interruption of the Djokovic-Nadal semifinal match drew the most page views.

ESPN’s tennis coverage continues this summer with an extensive schedule of the US Open Series starting on Monday, July 23, leading into exclusive first ball to last ball coverage of the US Open in New York beginning Monday, August 27.


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Dave Nagle

It was 32 years at ESPN for me as of November 2018 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (11 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.