Sunday’s men’s championship at the US Open – Rafael Nadal outlasting Daniil Medvedev in five sets for his 19th Major title – earned a 2.0 overnight rating for the five-hour, 15-minute telecast, ESPN’s best since 2015 and up 33% from a 1.5 last year. The rating peaked at a 3.1 rating at 9:00-9:15 p.m. ET, during the closing moments of the match. The 2015 men’s championship featured Novak Djokovic defeating Roger Federer and garnered a 2.4 overnight rating.
For the tournament, ESPN averaged a 1.1 overnight rating across ESPN and ESPN2, up 38% from a 0.8 a year ago and equaling its best ever, in 2015.