ESPN2’s Australian Open Audience up 35% after 10 Days


ESPN2’s Australian Open Audience up 35% after 10 Days

Women’s, Men’s Championships Live on ESPN

After 10 days of tennis’ first Major of 2019, the Australian Open, ESPN2’s audience is up 35% from a year ago for the live overnight telecasts, an average of 335,000 viewers (P2+) compared to 249,000 for the comparable date range in 2018.

The most-viewed telecast from Melbourne came the 10th night of coverage, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. ET.  That six-hour window – which included Karolina Pliskova’s shocking third-set comeback victory over Serena Williams – averaged 631,000 viewers, the best for any Australian Open match telecast since 2017 (excluding semifinals and championships).  The telecast peaked with 1,366,000 viewers from 11-11:15 p.m., the end of that match.

Looking ahead to matches on ESPN and ESPN Deportes:

  • Late tonight at 3:30 a.m. ET, the second men’s semifinal sees top-seeded Novak Djokovic play No. 28 Lucas Pouille.
  • The women’s championship is very late Friday night at 3:30 a.m. with No. 4 Naomi Osaka – attempting to win her second straight Major – against No. 8 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion. The winner will be the new No. 1 player in the world. Chris Fowler will call the action alongside Chrissie Evert with Pam Shriver courtside.
  • The men’s championship is 24 hours later, very late Saturday into Sunday morning at 3:30 a.m. Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, will face off against the Djokovic-Pouille winner.  Fowler will share the booth with John and Patrick McEnroe while Brad Gilbert reports from the sideline.


“Bonus Coverage” adds 15% to Schedule

Through 10 days of coverage, ESPN has aired nearly 110 live hours of action from Melbourne, an increase of 15% from the scheduled 95.5 hours, thanks to long-running matches extending the telecast windows in the morning hours.


2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, January 24-27

(For these charts, all times are Eastern, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET.

Therefore, the listing Thu., Jan. 24, at 3:30 a.m. ET is actually very late on Thursday night.)


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Jan 24-27 First ball to last ball each day Australian Open – up to 16 courts ESPN+, ESPN3

on ESPN app

Thu, Jan 24 11 p.m. Mixed Doubles Semifinals

Women’s Doubles Championship

  3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #2

Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille


ESPN Deportes

Fri, Jan 25 2 – 5 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #2 ESPN2 Encore
  9 p.m. Boys’ and Girls’ Championships ESPN+ LIVE
  3:30 – 5:30 a.m. Women’s Championship

Naomi Osaka vs Petra Kvitova


ESPN Deportes

  5:30 a.m. Men’s Doubles Championship ESPN+ LIVE
Sat, Jan 26 9 a.m. – Noon Women’s Championship

Naomi Osaka vs Petra Kvitova

ESPN2 Encore
  MID Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN+ LIVE
  3:30 – 6:30 a.m. Men’s Championship ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Sun, Jan 27 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s Championship ESPN2 Encore
  11 p.m. –

1:30 a.m.

Men’s Championship ESPN2 Encore




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Dave Nagle

It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (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 (16 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.
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