Players Championship Ties Lowest Sunday Overnight Since At Least ’98


Overnight ratings for The Players Championship unsurprisingly plunged with Tiger Woods absent.

Final round coverage of The Players Championship earned a 2.6 overnight rating on NBC Sunday afternoon, down 54% from Woods’ victory last year (5.7) and down 24% from 2012 (3.4). The 2.6 overnight tied as the lowest for Sunday coverage of the event since at least the past fifteen years, matching 2005 coverage that featured the second and third rounds.

Keep in mind the final round was delayed 90 minutes due to rain.

On Saturday, third round action drew a 2.0 overnight — down a third from last year (3.0) and down 20% from 2012 (2.5).

(Weekend overnights from Sports Business Daily)

  • Phil Harnick

    Does any of this account for online and mobile viewers? Just curious if that could be part of the difference in ratings and how much of the difference it may make up

    • Paulsen

      No; I generally don’t think online + mobile hurts viewership for the TV broadcasts, except in special cases like the Olympics.

  • Captain Omniscient

    I was curious if the NFL draft was going to really hurt the Saturday ratings, but it didn’t look like it had much of an impact. Looks like it was just the Tiger Woods effect.