Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN up 27%


Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN up 27%

  • Full Telecast up 86% over 2017


Saturday’s Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN earned a 2.1 overnight rating from Nielsen, up 27% from a 1.7 in 2017 (Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams).  It was ESPN’s highest since 2015 (2.2 for Serena Williams vs. Muguruza).  The rating for the 75-minute match peaked at 2.4 in the final quarter hour (12:15-30 p.m. ET).

The full ESPN telecast – starting at 8 a.m. ET with the continuation of the Rafael Nadal – Novak Djokovic Gentlemen’s Semifinal and concluding with the Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship – scored a 1.4.  That represents an increase of 86% over last year, and is all the more remarkable for the length of the telecast, 8:45, longer than the scheduled amount by 2:45.

The semifinal – to determine who was to face Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s Gentlemen’s Championship – picked up with Djokovic leading two sets to one after being suspended the night before at 6 p.m. (11 p.m. in London, per local ordinance).  In the Ladies’ Championship, Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon title.

The Gentlemen’s Doubles Final was a five-setter won by the American team of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.





Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $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, Darlington, Indy 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, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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