US Open Men’s Championship: Overnight Rating up 33%, Best Since 2015


US Open Men’s Championship: Overnight Rating up 33%, Best Since 2015

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.




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