Coco Gauff – Naomi Osaka Draws 1.9 Overnight Rating

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Coco Gauff – Naomi Osaka Draws 1.9 Overnight Rating

Highest Rated Match Tournament to Date

Last night’s match between American prodigy Coco Gauff and top-seed Naomi Osaka drew a 1.9 overnight rating for the 90-minute segment on ESPN2, according to Nielsen.  The match – in which Osaka prevailed 6-3, 6-0 – peaked in its final quarter hour, 8:15-30 p.m. ET, at a 2.3 rating.  Both numbers are high points for a match and a peak rating for the tournament to date.

The entire evening session averaged a 1.4, up nearly triple from a 0.5 last year.  The entire 12-hour day earned a 1.1 rating, up 83% from last year’s 0.6.

After six days of ESPN’s exclusive, live coverage of the US Open, the overnight rating average is 0.8, up 33% from a year ago (0.6).

Tonight’s Matches Highlighted by Keys, Djokovic

Tonight’s round of 16 matches on ESPN2 are highlighted by #10 Madison Keys playing #5 Elina Svitolina at 7 p.m. followed by a rematch of the 2016 men’s championship, #23 Stan Wawrinka vs. top seed Novak Djokovic.

Labor Day Monday – Osaka at Noon, Nadal at 7 p.m.

The Round of 16 will conclude Labor Day Monday on ESPN2 starting at 11 a.m.  Featured matches include #1 Osaka vs. #13 Belinda Bencic at noon in Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by #6 Alexander Zverev vs. #20 Diego Schwartzman.  The evening session at 7 p.m. will see #2 Rafael Nadal play #22 Marin Cilic with the nightcap pitting American qualifier Taylor Townsend against #15 Bianca Andreescu.  Late afternoon matches on Armstrong will have American Kristie Ahn vs. Elise Mertens followed by #13 Gael Monfils and Pablo Andujar.

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

   
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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