US Open Women’s Championship: Its Highest Overnight Rating Ever for ESPN


US Open Women’s Championship: Its Highest Overnight Rating Ever for ESPN

Nadal-Medvedev Today at 4 p.m. ET

Saturday’s women’s championship at the US Open – Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu surprising Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 – earned a 2.7 overnight rating for the three-hour telecast, ESPN’s best ever for the event and up 13% from a 2.4 year ago, the previous high.  The two-hour match portion earned a 3.0, and the rating peaked at a 3.9 rating from 5:45-6:00 p.m. ET, during the closing moments of the second set.

The 2.7 is tied for ESPN’s highest all-time US Open rating with a telecast of quarterfinal action September 8, 2015, the first year ESPN had exclusivity and aired the entire tournament.  That evening’s matches included Serena Williams playing Venus Williams.

For the tournament to date, ESPN is averaging a 1.0 overnight rating across ESPN and ESPN2, up 25% from a 0.8 at this point a year ago.

Men’s Championship Sunday at 4 p.m.:  Nadal Looks for #19 and Cool off Medvedev’s Hot Summer

Rafael Nadal, the #2 seed, today will be gunning for his 19th Major title – just one behind leader Roger Federer – against a red hot #5 Daniil Medvedev (ESPN, 4 p.m.).  The US Open Men’s Championship: Coverage presented by Mercedes Benz will be preceded at 3 p.m. by a one-hour US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special presented by Spectrum.  The 33-year-old from Spain will be looking to put a chill on the 23-year-old Russian’s hot summer, reaching the final in Washington and Canada and winning Cincinnati.

Women’s Doubles Championship Features Azarenka and Ash Barty

The US Open Women’s Doubles Championship will be aired Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. on ESPN.  Two-time Major singles winner Victoria Azarenka teams with Ash Barty (who will be the top-ranked singles player as of Monday), and they will face Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka.  Barty won last year’s doubles crown at the US Open, partnered with CoCo Vandeweghe.

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.

US Open Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Sun Sept 8 1 p.m. US Open Women’s Doubles Championship ESPN
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special presented by Spectrum ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship:  Coverage presented by Mercedes Benz ESPN / ESPN Deportes





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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