By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday September 14, 2021
ESPN’s protection of the 2021 US Open peaked ruing the ladies’s singles last between Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, reaching a match excessive of three.4 million viewers at one level.
It was the most-watched girls’s last of the seven that ESPN has televised since buying rights to broadcast the match completely within the U.S.
The boys’s singles last, which noticed Daniil Medvedev finish Novak Djokovic’s bid for the Calendar Yr Grand Slam, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday, peaked at 2.7 million viewers.
Beneath is a press launch from ESPN about their protection of the match:
The 2021 US Open in New York averaged 881,000 viewers in prime time, up 33% (from 662,000) over final 12 months, and it was up 13% (from a median of 702,000 to 796,000) for your entire two weeks of telecasts. Protection totaled 153 hours throughout ESPN and ESPN2, a rise of 15% over the 133 that had been scheduled.
This previous weekend’s girls’s and males’s championships – each that includes historic storylines – every loved massive will increase over 2020.
Girls’s Championship: Fernandez vs. Raducanu
Saturday’s girls’s last between unheralded youngsters Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez – the primary Main last, male or feminine, with two unseeded gamers within the Open Period (since 1968) – averaged 2.44 million viewers. That represents a rise of 37% over final 12 months (Victoria Azarenka vs. Naomi Osaka).
The match peaked at 3.4 million viewers at 6-6:15 p.m. ET, ESPN’s highest peak of the match.
It’s the most-watched girls’s last of the seven ESPN has televised since buying US Open exclusivity in 2015 that didn’t embody Serena Williams (2018, 2019).
Raducanu – the primary man or lady to succeed in a Main last having come by way of qualifying – defeated Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.
Males’s Championship: Djokovic vs. Medvedev
The boys’s last featured the primary try by a person to win the Grand Slam – capturing all 4 Main crowns in a single calendar 12 months – since Rod Laver in 1969. High-seeded Novak Djokovic was additionally in search of sole possession of the file for profession Majors received by a person, at present a tie at 20 with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
His match in opposition to #2 Daniil Medvedev averaged 2.05 million viewers, up 37% from a 12 months in the past. It peaked at 2.7 million viewers at 6:15-30 p.m.
Medvedev received his first Main title in denying Djokovic his place in historical past with a straight units win – 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
The Males’s Semifinals – now break up into a day match (Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Daniil Medvedev) and one in prime time (Novak Djokovic vs. Alexander Zverev) – mixed to common 1.3 million viewers. That represents a rise of 46% over 2020.