Sunday’s Final Round Coverage Peaked at Over 10 Million Viewers on FOX
Pebble Beach, Calif. – Following four days of sensational play from a competitive field at Pebble Beach, Gary Woodland clinched his first career major at the 72nd hole of the 119th U.S. Open Championship. The final round on FOX averaged 7.312 million viewers and peaked at 10.167 million viewers from 9:15 to 9:30 PM ET, the best final round performance since 2013, according to Nielsen Media Research. Sunday’s coverage was up +44% year-over-year (2018, 5.088 million) and projects to be the most-watched event of the weekend.
FOX Sports’ fifth presentation of the U.S. Open Championship averaged 3.673 million viewers across all four rounds on FOX and FS1, the most-watched U.S. Open since 2013 and a jump of +28% over 2018 (2.863 million).
Overall, 31.737 million viewers tuned in for all or part of FOX Sports’ presentation of the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, a +11% jump over 2018 (28.577 million). The 2019 U.S. Open accounted for 8.282 billion minutes consumed on the FOX broadcast network and FS1, making it the most-consumed golf event on television, up +30% year-over-year (2018, 6.359 billion).
- FOX Sports’ Thursday primetime coverage earned 3,465,000 viewers from 7:30 to 10:30 PM ET, the best first round coverage for a broadcast network since 2002.
- All four rounds posted year-over-year gains over 2018 for FOX Sports:
- Thursday, +42% (1.988 vs. 1.404 million, FOX/FS1)
- Friday, +28% (2.001 vs. 1.561 million, FOX/FS1)
- Saturday, +12% (4.243 vs. 3.778 million, FOX)
- Sunday, +44% (7.312 vs. 5.082 million, FOX)
- Top markets for Sunday’s final round include the hometown markets of 2019 champion Woodland (Kansas City) and runner up and two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (West Palm Beach).
- West Palm (8.4/15)
- Tampa (8.3/17)
- Fort Myers (8.1/16)
- Pittsburgh (7.8/17)
- Kansas City (7.8/18)