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US ratings for Men's Final down 15% from last year.

Tennis Fool
09-12-2006, 02:07 AM
Federer-Roddick dips from last year's Federer-Agassi rating
September 11, 2006

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- No one draws TV viewers to tennis like Andre Agassi.

Roger Federer's four-set victory over Andy Roddick in the U.S. Open final Sunday drew a 4.1 rating on CBS -- a 15 percent decrease from last year, when Federer beat Agassi in the tournament's championship match.

This year's final did draw higher ratings than in 2003 (3.5 for Roddick vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero) and 2004 (2.5 for Federer vs. Hewitt).

The highest-rated U.S. Open final in the last 15 years also involved Agassi: In 2002, his loss to Pete Sampras drew a 6.2 rating.

And Agassi's first-round victory this year at Flushing Meadows -- in his final pro tournament -- helped USA Network earn its highest opening-night TV ratings in 23 years of airing the Open.

The women's final Saturday night, in which Maria Sharapova beat Justine Henin-Hardenne, had a 3.2 rating on CBS. That was a 3 percent increase over last year (Kim Clijsters vs. Mary Pierce) and a 28 percent hike over 2004 (Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Elena Dementieva).

Also, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Monday that ticket sales over the two-week tournament reached a record high, and attendance was about 640,000, second in event history to last year's nearly 660,000.

Tennis Fool
09-12-2006, 02:08 AM
Yes, Agassi was the tennis draw. However, I think the numbers also show that Roddick *isn't* Agassi.

The men still draw higher than anyone but the Williams sisters. The Sharapova/Henin-Hardenne match drew 3.2 rating, which was the highest since the Williams-Williams match in 2002.

Overall, the ratings for CBS's telecast was down 8% from last year.

Dirk
09-12-2006, 02:11 AM
It sure does TF.

RickDaStick
09-12-2006, 02:24 AM
Most Americans have still never heard of Andy Roddick while the majority know Agassi.

aam
09-12-2006, 02:28 AM
Most Americans have still never heard of Andy Roddick while the majority know Agassi.
not true, many americans have heard of andy roddick, but not because he plays tennis, but because he dated mandy moore and he is "hot" :rolleyes:

mangoes
09-12-2006, 02:30 AM
Sadly, Andy cannot pull Andre's numbers....... I, personally, didn't think that they spent enough time promoting Andy. If anything, they spent more time promoting a possible meeting between the no. 1 & 2 seeds. Nevertheless, a 4.1 is fairly good.

I am surprised that the "face of women's tennis" didn't pull higher numbers:lol: :lol:

tangerine_dream
09-12-2006, 02:38 AM
And people laughed at me when I said the reason last year's numbers were so high were directly because of Agassi. :p

Agassi is a legend here but it took him many years to build up that level of loyalty from viewers, and it will take Federer, Nadal, Roddick, Blake, and whoever else probably just as long. You have to earn that kind of respect with the American audiences, it's not going to just happen overnight.

I'd be curious to know how the ratings were in other parts of the world where tennis isn't a dying sport. :lol:

El Legenda
09-12-2006, 02:41 AM
roddick sucks

tangerine_dream
09-12-2006, 02:47 AM
^^ LOL. Now that Maria's won her second slam I wonder if SI will put her on the cover again. :scratch:

Dirk
09-12-2006, 02:55 AM
And people laughed at me when I said the reason last year's numbers were so high were directly because of Agassi. :p

Agassi is a legend here but it took him many years to build up that level of loyalty from viewers, and it will take Federer, Nadal, Roddick, Blake, and whoever else probably just as long. You have to earn that kind of respect with the American audiences, it's not going to just happen overnight.

I'd be curious to know how the ratings were in other parts of the world where tennis isn't a dying sport. :lol:


If America is that close minded about tennis than screw him. Roger nor any other doesn't get paid based on the TV ratings. The attendance was up significantly this year thankfully.

partygirl
09-12-2006, 03:17 AM
If America is that close minded about tennis than screw him.
i think America is a Her :p

that is probably the reason it got any ratings at all...Roddick ;)

aam
09-12-2006, 03:33 AM
what's the highest ever rated tennis match in the states?

Havok
09-12-2006, 03:39 AM
No shit Roddick isn't Agassi. I don't think people with a brain needed numbers for that :retard:. Andy will never pull the kinds of numbers/ratings that Agassi did. Andre appealed to a much larger fan base as well and is a heck of a lot more well known (his storyline, his many GS wins, etc).

kabuki
09-12-2006, 03:43 AM
what's the highest ever rated tennis match in the states?

That would be the Battle of the Sexes. By far. Realllllly far.

Billabong
09-12-2006, 03:45 AM
Andre:yeah:

mangoes
09-12-2006, 03:53 AM
^^ LOL. Now that Maria's won her second slam I wonder if SI will put her on the cover again. :scratch:


That little twit has been on the cover of SI?? For what?

World Beater
09-12-2006, 03:55 AM
That little twit has been on the cover of SI?? For what?

as rogiman affectionately calls her "the synthetic bit#h"

16681
09-12-2006, 04:03 AM
Must be the Roger Factor when it came to the Men's Final because TV ratings had been up for the Tournament. I guess people knew Roger was going to win so there was no need for them to watch the Final!

Tennis Fool
09-12-2006, 04:12 AM
Star Power...

Roger will get the cover once he retires...Maybe...


http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers/images/2004/0712_large.jpg

Tennis Fool
09-12-2006, 04:20 AM
BTW, Maria got Letterman this time. What does Roger get?

Tennis Fool
09-12-2006, 04:24 AM
Craig Ferguson. :D
When, tonight?

Tennis Fool
09-12-2006, 04:32 AM
:p You had me looking up the website. Maybe he'll get Sesame Street and teach Elmo the finer points of the forehand :(

R.Federer
09-12-2006, 05:25 AM
They had to find a picture where Maria is fiddling with her undies to put on the cover of SI. How typical

Sad about the ratings issue.

DrJules
09-12-2006, 06:54 AM
That little twit has been on the cover of SI?? For what?

Maria seems very large to me.

Mistaflava
09-12-2006, 07:18 AM
most North Americans were watching the NFL...including me...

bokehlicious
09-12-2006, 07:22 AM
I'd be curious to know how the ratings were in other parts of the world where tennis isn't a dying sport. :lol:

The ratings were quite good here in Switzerland :o :p

Jade Fox
09-12-2006, 08:35 AM
BTW, Maria got Letterman this time. What does Roger get?

Tiger :devil: