Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals Viewership up 20%, Best in Seven Years


Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals Viewership up 20%, Best in Seven Years

• Federer-Nadal XL Peaks at 1.9 Overnight Rating

The 40th meeting between tennis immortals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals led to an increase of 20% in the overnight rating – a 1.2, up from 1.0 — compared to the same day in 2018.  The seven-hour telecast (scheduled for six) garnered ESPN’s highest rating for this day of the tournament since 2012, ESPN’s first year covering the semifinals (1.3 rating).

Federer’s four-set victory over Nadal averaged a 1.6.  The telecast’s rating peaked at a 1.9 near the conclusion of the match.

Gentlemen’s Championship Sunday

Federer, the #2 seed will take on top-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the Gentlemen’s Championship on ESPN on Sunday, July 14, at 9 a.m. ET.  The match will be preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon hosted by Chris McKendry at 8 a.m.

ESPN & Wimbledon

ESPN is presenting all the Wimbledon action exclusively in the U.S. with ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN3.  As in 2018, every match from the 18 courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club will be played in front of cameras.  ESPN’s coverage – first ball to last ball – includes 145 hours on television plus more than 500 matches  all available for fans between ESPN+ and ESPN3 on the ESPN app.  The action will climax with the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 13, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 14, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.





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 ESPNPressRoom.com, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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