TV ratings will be bad in the U.S. because ESPN does not show tennis matches live. Tennis fans already knew the results before ESPN began broadcasting on tape-delay late Sunday night.
I agree and I'm even more sure it didn't help that ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNews all ran the score on their respective bottom line announcing that the Americans lost hours and hours before ESPN2 deigned to show it at like 11 pm that night.
Almost no one cares about DC here, but even so, the average Joe and Jane in middle-America who might normally tune in out of boredom or whatever aren't going to want to sit for a few hours and watch something based on national pride knowing
that their country got the boot.