ESPN US Open Viewership Continues Strong Upward Trend

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ESPN US Open Viewership Continues Strong Upward Trend

Every Telecast Window Improves upon 2018

Coco Gauff vs. Naomi Osaka on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

All-Day Coverage all Weekend

After four days of ESPN’s exclusive, live coverage of the US Open, viewership is up 26%, from an average of 691,000 viewers (P2+) to 870,000. Every telecast has outperformed the equivalent window in 2018.  The highpoint of the week was Thursday night’s Coco Gauff vs. Timea Babos match, won by Gauff in a tight, three-set decision.  The viewership on ESPN2 peaked at the end of the match at 2,155,000.

Saturday’s night’s (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2) much-anticipated third-round match between the 15-year-old Gauff and defending champion and top-seeded Naomi Osaka – only 21 herself – highlights the first day of ESPN’s blanket coverage all Labor Day weekend.  There are 12-hour windows scheduled Saturday-Monday starting at 11 a.m.  Gauff is the youngest player in the US Open third round since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

The second match on Ashe tomorrow night will see #28 Nick Krygios play Andrey Rublev.  Earlier in the day, #19 Caroline Wozniacki faces promising young Canadian #15 Bianca Andreescu followed by #2 Rafael Nadal vs. Chung Hyeon.  In other Saturday matches, American Taylor Townsend hopes to follow up her upset of #4 Simona Halep with a win over Sorana Cirstea, #6 Alexander Zverev plays Aljaz Bedene and 6’10” #14 John Isner goes against 2014 champion Marin Cilic, the #22 seed.

Tonight’s Matches Highlighted by Keys, Djokovic

Tonight’s second round matches on ESPN2 are highlighted by a battle of Americans when Madison Keys plays Sofia Kenin at 7 p.m.  The nightcap match sees Novak Djokovic vs. American Denis Kudla.

ESPN & the US Open

ESPN has exclusive live action to the US Open with more than 160 hours on television and 1,300 more streaming live on the ESPN app via ESPN+ and ESPN3.  The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 7, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 8, both at 4 p.m. ET.

Upcoming Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Aug 26 – Sep 4 11 a.m. US Open – up to 16 courts ESPN+

ESPN3

   
Fri Aug 30 Noon US Open Third Round ESPN
  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sat Aug 31 11 a.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 1 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 2 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2

 

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