ESPN’s live telecast of the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday, Aug. 6, from TPC Harding Park in San Francisco averaged 1,246,000 viewers, making it the event’s most-viewed first round telecast since 2015 and the second-best opening round in the last 10 years.
ESPN’s telecast, which ran from 4-10:30 p.m. ET, peaked at 1,509,000 viewers between 7:15-7:30 p.m. ET and every quarter-hour of the telecast until 10 p.m. averaged more than 1 million viewers. Viewership was up 24 percent from last year’s first-round telecast on TNT and up 31 percent among adults ages 18-49.
Top local markets for the telecast with metered market rating:
|West Palm Beach||1.7|
|Las Vegas, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Boston||1.2|
ESPN is in the first year of a new, 11-year deal to televise the PGA Championship, and is airing the event for the first time in 30 years
ESPN+ also featured extensive live streaming coverage throughout the day, including early coverage from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 12 hours of Featured Groups on two streams.
ESPN’s PGA Championship coverage continues Saturday with live coverage of the third round on ESPN+ and ESPN. In addition, ESPN+ will have Featured Group coverage and Featured Hole coverage of No. 18 at TPC Harding Park. Saturday’s schedule:
|Third Round||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.||ESPN+|
|Featured Group 1 (one morning, one afternoon)||11 a.m. – 10 p.m.||ESPN+|
|Featured Group 2 (one morning, one afternoon)||11 a.m. – 10 p.m.||ESPN+|
|Third Round||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||ESPN|
|Featured Hole (18th)||4 p.m. – 10 p.m.||ESPN+|
In addition, SportsCenter and ESPN.com will report from the PGA Championship throughout the weekend.