TV Ratings: Six-Year High For U.S. Open Men’s Final (Also: College Football, MLB on FOX)


The men’s final of the U.S. Open earned its highest overnight since the last time it took place on a Sunday. In other news, college football on FOX debuted with a double-digit decline, and the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry could not even manage a 2.0 overnight on FOX.

Nadal/Djokovic Hits Six-Year High, Still Low

  • The Rafael Nadal/Novak Djokovic U.S. Open men’s final earned a 2.8 overnight rating on CBS Monday evening, up 22% from Andy Murray/Djokovic last year (2.3), and up 8% from Djokovic/Nadal in 2010 (2.6). The 2.8 overnight is the highest for the men’s final since 2007, the last time the event took place on a Sunday afternoon (4.2). The six straight Monday finals have earned overnights between 2.2 and 2.8, compared to a range of 3.3 to 7.9 for the previous six. (Mon. numbers from Sports Business Daily)

College Football Overnights Down on FOX, Up on ABC

  • Saturday’s West Virginia/Oklahoma college football game drew a 1.9 overnight rating on FOX, down 21% from Nebraska/UCLA in Week 2 of last season (2.4), but up 36% from the network’s season debut last year between Hawaii and USC (1.4). The only other telecast of the weekend on broadcast, a regional window on ABC, earned a 2.9 overnight — up a tick from last year (2.8), but down 26% from Alabama/Penn State in 2011 (3.9). (Weekend overnights from Sports Business Daily)

Sub-2.0 Overnight For Red Sox/Yankees on FOX

  • Regional MLB action featuring Red Sox/Yankees in 54% of markets earned a 1.8 overnight rating on FOX Saturday afternoon, up 29% from coverage featuring Dodgers/Giants last year (1.4), and up a tick from coverage featuring Rangers/Red Sox in 2011 (1.7). Those telecasts aired in later timeslots. (Weekend overnights from Sports Business Daily)