Facebook Social Button Twitter Social Button Follow Us on InstagramYouTube Social Button
NewsScoresRankingsLucky Letcord PodcastShopPro GearPickleballGear Sale

Popular This Week

Net Notes - A Tennis Now Blog

Net Posts

Industry Insider - A Tennis Now Blog

Industry Insider

Second Serve - A Tennis Now Blog

Second Serve


Wimbledon Viewership Spikes 30 Percent

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep weren't the only big Wimbledon winners.

ESPN scored a major ratings victory with its first-to-last ball coverage of The Championships.

Toni Nadal: I'm Sorry For Roger

The 2019 Wimbledon Championships on ESPN averaged 877,000 viewers (P2+), an increase of 30 percent over last year's average of 675,000 viewers, according to Nielsen.

Novak Djokovic's pulsating victory over Roger Federer in an epic four hour, 57-minute final was the second-most viewed tennis telecast in ESPN history with an average of 3,300,000 viewers—that's up 211 percent from Djokovic's win over Kevin Anderson in the 2018 final.

ESPN's two-week coverage included nearly 150 hours from London.

Eleven of the 13 days experienced an increase in viewership.

The most-viewed two days came on Championship Weekend
3,329,000 for the Gentlemen’s Championship and Ladies’ Doubles Championship on SundayESPN’s second-most viewed tennis telecast in history.

Simona Haleps 6-2, 6-2, sweep of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the Ladies' Championship drew an average of 1,197,000 along with the Gentlmen’s Doubles Championship.

Sunday’s men's final telecast was the most-viewed since the Federer vs. Murray final in 2012.

For the entire fortnight of coverage
nearly 150 hoursESPN averaged a 0.9, up 29 percent from 0.7 last year.

Top 10 markets for ESPN's 2019 Wimbedon Coverage 

Washington DC 1.4

Norfolk 1.2

West Palm Beach 1.1

New Orleans 1.1

Tampa 1.0

Jacksonville 0.9

Atlanta 0.9

Richmond 0.9

Ft. Myers 0.8

Louisville 0.8

The Djokovic-Federer duel was the longest Gentlemen’s Singles final in Wimbledon history and the first men’s singles major championship to be decided by a tie break.