Wimbledon Viewership up 29%; Coco, Sport’s Legends Provide Compelling Action


Wimbledon Viewership up 29%; Coco, Sport’s Legends Provide Compelling Action

• Coco Gauff’s Matches Set the Pace

As sports fans followed the exploits of 15-year-old phenom Coco Gauff – as well as the continued brilliance of Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – ESPN benefitted with a sharp rise in Wimbledon viewership compared to 2018.  Through the first seven days (Monday, July 8) of coverage, ESPN’s viewership is up 29% to an average of 799,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen.  Last year at this point, ESPN was averaging 620,000 viewers.

In addition, ESPN2’s first day of coverage on Monday, July 8 – on the air alongside ESPN in “CrossCourt Coverage” – averaged 275,000 viewers, up 51% from last year (182,000 viewers).

Each of the four days Gauff played (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday) her match was the most-watched match of the day, topped by Monday the 8th.  That match averaged 1,123,000 people, peaking at 1,225,000.

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon continues on ESPN on Thursday, July 11, with Breakfast at Wimbledon at 7 a.m. ET and the Ladies’ Semifinals on ESPN at 8 a.m. ET:

  • #7 Simona Halep vs. #8 Elina Svitolina

Followed by:

  • #11 Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova

In addition, outer courts will be streaming live on ESPN+.

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

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 upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be 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, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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