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Aussie TV ratings are in (I'm still trying to find ESPN numbers). Men's final numbers are up from last year. The women's final got killed by cricket.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23134592-10389,00.html

Cricket blamed for the great Maria Sharapova switch-off
January 30, 2008

Guts tops glamour - at least in the Australian Open tennis women's final television ratings stakes.

An average of 931,000 fans across the five Channel 7 metropolitan markets tuned in to watch circuit beauty Maria Sharapova down her equally striking opponent Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3, in the Grand Slam final last Saturday.

It was a 33.89 per cent drop from last year when 1.24 million viewers hung on every ball between former world No. 1 Serena Williams and Sharapova, with the former easily triumphing in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Insiders suggest tuning in was a way for fans to show their respect for the then unseeded Williams, who whipped Sharapova off the court in little more than an hour.

At the time Williams, who also took home the Melbourne crown in 2003 and 2005, had been sidelined for most of 2006.

It was at the Australian Open where she proved she was back to form, making a phenomenal 28 winners against just 11 unforced errors.

A Seven spokeswoman said the women's final results were down but overall the Grand Slam tournament ratings were up by 11 per cent.

"It's also worth bearing in mind that this (the women's final) was up against the cricket on Nine whereas in 2007 it was not," she said.

The men's final between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw a changing of the guard, with the previous year featuring world No. 1 Roger Federer and Fernando Gonzalez in the final.

Ratings for the men's final were up 0.08 per cent on last year, but they were 12.43 per cent down on 2006 and 65.42 per cent down on Lleyton Hewitt's final against Marat Safin, to which an impressive 4.043 million viewers tuned in.

"The Hewitt versus Safin final in 2005 was the highest rating event or show of the past 10 years (outside the Sydney Olympic opening ceremony) before 5.5 million people tuned in over four networks for the funeral of Steve Irwin," the spokeswoman said.

In the year to date, the Australian Open has claimed eight of the top 10 rating spots for one-off events.

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More night matches likely, thanks to TV
January 27, 2008

A REVIEW of the Australian Open's night-session policy is set to take place at the completion of this year's events, but it seems the power of television is likely to hold sway with yet another night session to be added to next year's schedule.

The contentious early-morning finish to the Lleyton Hewitt-Marcos Baghdatis match, which started just before midnight last Saturday night and finished at 4.33am, has brought the issue into sharp focus, but next year's Open is set to feature night sessions on every single day of the tournament.

The showpiece women's singles final match will be moved to night-time next year. The shift will mirror the move of the men's final, which first moved into television prime time in 2005, when Lleyton Hewitt's defeat at the hands of Russian star Marat Safin became the most-watched program of the year.

It will give Channel Seven, the Australian host broadcaster of the event, a full schedule of prime-time viewing where Seven's ratings have been strong. Over the past two weeks, night-time tennis has consistently rated well for the network.

Andy Roddick's third-round marathon match against German Philipp Kohlschreiber, which also finished in the early hours of the morning, was the fourth-rated show in Australia.

The international flavour of the event is also putting pressure on schedules. Serena Williams's memorable win of the women's title last year, when she was unseeded and ranked 81st, drew record ratings for women's tennis on the American sports channel ESPN.
 

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Thanks for posting. :)

And if you can't find the ESPN numbers, let me know.

I should be able to get them for you, but it would have to be after the Super Bowl.
 

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I found a little something from ESPN but yes, NicoFan, I'd love to see how the men's and women's final did in the US, especially because there was no NFL going on that weekend.

Australian Open ratings not down under
January 25, 2008

ESPN reports a 12 percent ratings increase over last year for its Australian Open coverage, and those should get a boon tonight when Maria Sharapova takes on Ana Ivanovic in the prime-time women’s final (9:30 p.m. EST) on ESPN2. The average rating for its programs beginning between 7 and 11 p.m. (it has fluxuated) is 0.56, which doesn’t sound a lot but is reasonable for tennis’ first major of the year.

Neither finalist is American, but both trained here and are popular subjects for magazine shoots. According to the Australian magazine “Melbourne Age,” Ivanovic “was recently voted, on some tennis site or other, as the sexiest woman in tennis, beating Sharapova.”

ESPN2’s 3:30 a.m. sessions (which is prime time in Melbourne) have increased 107 percent, thanks to two matches that extended well into late morning U.S. time. The Lleyton Hewitt-Marcos Baghdatis match began just before 8 a.m. Saturday U.S. time and ended about 12:40 p.m. That match got a 0.61 rating, including 1.18 for the final hour.
 

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Those percentage increases look good until you see the actual rating. :eek: Wow, those are low for a sporting event. The middle of the night is understandable but prime time is low too. I was hoping that it would be better than that.
 

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Those really arn't that bad, you have to remember that tennis is only available on cable, and that everything that ranked higher than tennis was on a major nationwide network.
 

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Thats because cricket is a better sport than WTA.
 

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i would rather watch a cricket(not the sport the insect)than to watch that SPECIFIC final!
 

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Given the choice again, I'd rather watch paint dry than the women's final.
 

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i thought the women's final would've done well with 2 of the better looking ladies on tour playing. In Australia, only an all australian final would beat the 05 Final ratings.
 

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That is because Ivanovic is annoying as hell .

I don´t wanna watch such annoying player on my TV
 

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Cricket is much better than the WTA.
 

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Gilchrist retiring is a bigger story than anything in the history of the WTA.
 

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1) The women's final was held on Australia day and most Australians engaged in some sort of function.

2) That particular final was boring.

3) There was next to no publicity for the final. I'm sure there were casual tennis fans who hadn't even noticed the coverage had started.
 

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4 million viewers in 2005, for a country of population 20 million, is very impressive. I really don't think it will ever be as high as that again, at least until Bernard Tomic makes the final.

Imagine 12 million, the equivalent of the UK population, watching the Wimby final if Murray were there.
 

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It's too bad the women's final was during the day, had it been aired in the evening it might have gotten better ratings. And score-wise, this particular women's final was better than the last few (not to mention the so-called hottie factor that was hyped for days).

2008
AO Sharapova-Ivanovic 7-5 6-3

2007
USO Henin-Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 :zzz:
WB V. Williams-Bartoli 6-4, 6-1 :yawn:
RG Henin-Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2 :zzz:
AO S. Williams-Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 :zzz: (TV's highest rated)

2006
USO Sharapova-Henin 6-4, 6-4
WB: Mauresmo-Henin 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 (last great women's final)
RG Henin-Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4
AO Mauresmo-Henin 6-1, 2-0 retired (lowest point in history of WTA finals :eek: )
 

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4 million viewers in 2005, for a country of population 20 million, is very impressive. I really don't think it will ever be as high as that again, at least until Bernard Tomic makes the final.

Imagine 12 million, the equivalent of the UK population, watching the Wimby final if Murray were there.
I didn't realize that the population was so small...4 million is an amazing number indeed
 

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It's too bad the women's final was during the day, had it been aired in the evening it might have gotten better ratings. And score-wise, this particular women's final was better than the last few (not to mention the so-called hottie factor that was hyped for days).

2008
AO Sharapova-Ivanovic 7-5 6-3

2007
USO Henin-Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 :zzz:
WB V. Williams-Bartoli 6-4, 6-1 :yawn:
RG Henin-Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2 :zzz:
AO S. Williams-Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 :zzz: (TV's highest rated)

2006
USO Sharapova-Henin 6-4, 6-4
WB: Mauresmo-Henin 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 (last great women's final)
RG Henin-Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4
AO Mauresmo-Henin 6-1, 2-0 retired (lowest point in history of WTA finals :eek: )
Hey, I thoroughly enjoyed that match. :rolls:
 
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