SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Second round coverage of the 2018 U.S. Open Championship outperformed 2017’s contest, averaging 1,573,072 viewers on FOX, FS1 and FOX Sports Digital Platforms combined. Yesterday’s combined number is +7% greater than 2017’s Friday showing (vs. 1,473,111 viewers).
The FOX broadcast network posted a 1.5/4 household rating/share with 2,090,000 viewers according to fast national figures by Nielsen Media Research, +9% better than last year’s average audience figure (1,920,000 viewers; 1.3 HH RTG). Friday’s second round coverage on the FOX broadcast network is the most-watched non-primetime second round coverage of the U.S. Open since 2013.
Earlier in the day, FS1’s coverage of the U.S. Open which began at 9:30 AM ET, earned a 1.33 (coverage rating) with 1,303,000 viewers, a figure that is +5% better than last year’s average audience of 1,244,000 viewers. Friday’s coverage on FS1 is the network’s best performance for the second round of the U.S. Open since 2015.
FOX Sports Digital Platforms delivered an average minute audience of 34,072 on FOX Sports live streaming, up +30% from last year’s second round (vs. 26,111).
Through two rounds of coverage, the 2018 U.S. Open is averaging 1,506,381 viewers on FOX, FS1 and FOX Sports Digital Platforms, a +13% gain over last year’s average audience delivery (vs. 1,328,238 viewers).