PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS RATINGS NOTES

 

2018

An estimated 26.8 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part* of CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2018 PGA Championship as Brooks Koepka beat Tiger Woods by one stroke. 2018’s 26.8 million viewers was the highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of CBS’weekend PGA Championship coverage since 2014 (30.9 million). (*watched at least six minutes of coverage)

Sunday’s final round delivered a 5.4/14 HH rating/share, +69% higher than 2017’s final round. 2019’s PGA Championship final round was the second highest-rated final round golf telecast of 2018.

2018’s PGA Championship final round (5.4/14) was the highest-rated final round for this event in nine years – since 2009’s 6.6/15 when Y.E. Yang beat Tiger Woods by three strokes.

2017

An estimated 20.5 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2017 PGA Championship as Justin Thomas won his first golf major, beating Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed by two strokes.

Sunday’s final round earned a 3.2/8 and tied with the Open Championship as the second highest- rated final round golf telecast of 2017.

2016

An estimated 21.2 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2016 PGA Championship as Jimmy Walker won his first golf major, beating Jason Day by one stroke.

Sunday’s final round delivered a 3.4/8 and tied with the U.S. Open as the second highest- rated final round golf telecast of 2016.

2015

An estimated 26.4 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2015 PGA Championship as Jason Day beat Jordan Spieth by three strokes.

Sunday’s final round for the PGA Championship was the second highest-rated final round golf telecast of the year. CBS Sports’ final-round coverage was viewed in all-or-part by an estimated total audience of 20.3 million viewers and averaged a 4.4/10.

2014

An estimated 30.9 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship, up 30% from 2013. 2014’s 30.9 million was the second highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of the Network’s weekend coverage in the last ten years (since 35.7 million in 2009).
CBS Sports’ 2014 final-round overage was viewed in all-or-part by an estimated total audience of 26.3 million (Person 2+), a 48% increase from 2013. 2014’s 26.3 million was the second highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of the Network’s PGA Championship Sunday coverage in last 10 years (2009; 29.0 million; Y.E. Yang won with Tiger Woods finishing second).

2014’s final round averaged a 5.3/11, +39% higher than 2013’s and was the second highest-rated final round for the PGA Championship since 2009.

The primetime over-run for the 2014 PGA Championship (7.5/14 HH rating/share) from 7:00-9:00 pm on Sunday night would have ranked as the #1 primetime program  for the week  of 8/04-8/10/14. The primetime over-run was +23% higher rated than the next highest-rated primetime show (6.1/10 for “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday, 8/06/14). (Live + Same Day data)

2013

An estimated 23.8 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS’s two days of PGA Championship coverage in 2013 (with Jason Dufner winning his first major). CBS’s PGA Championship coverage was the fourth most-watched golf tournament of 2013. Sunday’s final round was seen in all-or-part by 17.8 million viewers.

2012

An estimated 21.8 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS’s two days of PGA Championship coverage in 2012 (won by Rory McIlroy). 2012 was an atypical year for the PGA Championship- Saturday’s coverage was in a rain delay for two hours and CBS coverage last year aired against the final weekend of the 2012 Summer Olympics from London.

 

2011

An estimated 25.5 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2011 PGA Championship in which Keegan Bradley beat Jason Dufner in a three-hole aggregate score playoff. CBS Sports’ final-round coverage was seen in-all-or-part by 20.8 million viewers and averaged a household rating/share of 4.1/9. 2011’s Sunday coverage of the PGA Championship was the third highest-rated final-round golf telecast of the year.

 

2010

An estimated 30.7 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2010 PGA Championship in which Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson in a three hole play-off. CBS Sports’ final round coverage averaged a 4.3/10 and ranked as the third highest-rated final round golf telecast for the year.

2009

An estimated 35.7 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ coverage as Y.E. Yang won his first major championship by outdueling Tiger Woods by three strokes. 2009 was the most watched CBS coverage on the PGA Championship in the last sixteen years- since 40.8 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ 2002 coverage.

CBS Sports’ final round coverage was seen in-all-or-part by 29.0 million viewers, making it the most-watched PGA Championship final round since 30.0 million in 2002 and the third most-watched of all time.

2009’s final round earned a 6.6/15 household rating/share and was the second highest-rated golf telecast of the year.

 

2008

An estimated 19.0 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS’s two days of PGA Championship coverage in 2008 (won by Padraig Harrington). 2008 was an atypical year for the PGA Championship- Saturday’s coverage on CBS was rained out, the CBS coverage aired against the first weekend of the 2008 Summer Olympics from Beijing and Tiger Woods did not play in the event due to his knee injury.

2007

An estimated 31.8 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS’s two days of PGA Championship coverage in 2007 as Tiger Woods won his fourth PGA Championship and 13th career major overall. 2007’s 31.8 million was slightly lower than Woods’ third PGA Championship victory in 2006 (33.1 million), but was the third highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of CBS’s PGA Championship coverage since 40.8 million in 2002.

2007’s final round earned a 6.2/14 household rating/share and was the third highest rated golf telecast in 2007.

 

2006

An estimated 33.1 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS’s two days of PGA Championship coverage in 2006 as Tiger Woods won his third PGA Championship and 12th career major overall. 2006’s 33.1 million viewers was +10% higher than the three day total in 2005 (30.0 million) and ranked as the second highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of CBS’s PGA Championship coverage since 2002.

2006’s final round earned a 7.0/16 household rating/share and was the third best rating for the final round of the PGA Championship in the last 38 years since 1980 when Jack Nicklaus won the event. 2006’s 7.0/16 trailed only 2002’s 7.5/18 and 2000’s 8.8/21 (Woods second PGA Championship win).

2005

With Phil Mickelson winning his second major title, third and final-round coverage in 2005 was seen in all-or-part by an estimated 30.0 million viewers. 2005’s 30.0 million viewers was +4% higher than 2004.

2005’s final round, which concluded on Monday morning due to a rain delay late on Sunday, was seen in all-or-part by an estimated 24.5 million viewers. 2005’s 24.5 million viewers was +11% higher than 2004

 

2004 & 2003

Third and final-round coverage of the 2004 PGA Championship was seen in all-or-part by 28.9 million viewers. Sunday’s final round was seen by an estimated 22.0 million viewers.

Third and final-round coverage of the 2003 PGA Championship was seen in all-or-part by 29.7 million viewers. Sunday’s final round was seen by an estimated 23.1 million viewers.

 

2002
40.8 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS’s third and final-round coverage in 2002 as Rich Beem held off a late charge by Tiger Woods to win his first major championship. 2002 was the second most-watched PGA Championship of all time, trailing only 2000’s 46.0 million viewers.

An estimated 30.0 million viewers watched all-or-part of the 2002 final round of the PGA Championship. It was the second most-watched PGA Championship final round of all time.

2002’s final round averaged a 7.5/18 household rating/share and tied with 1980 (7.5/21) as the second highest rating for a PGA Championship final round since a 7.8/22 in 1978 when John Mahaffey beat Tom Watson and Jerry Pate in a playoff.

 

2001

Third and final-round coverage of the 2001 PGA Championship was seen in all-or-part by an estimated 34.6 million viewers. Sunday’s final round was seen in-all-or-part by 26.7 million viewers.

2000

Third and final-round coverage in 2000, in which Tiger Woods won his second PGA Championship in a play-off, was seen in all-or-part by an estimated 46.0 million viewers, making it the most-watched PGA Championship of all-time. Sunday’s final round was seen by an estimated 38.5 million viewers, and was the most-watched final round of all time.

Sunday’s final round in 2000 delivered an 8.8/21, making it the second highest-rated final round of all time. The highest was a 12.1/32 (on ABC) when Jack Nicklaus defeated Billy Casper in 1971.

The primetime over-run of 2000’s final round (7-7:48pm) delivered a 15.1 household rating/30 share. The final round over-run would have ranked as the #2 rated primetime program for the week, trailing only CBS’s Survivor (17.9/32).

The household rating/share for the PGA Championship in 2000 peaked at a 16.0/32 from 7-7:30pm during the play-off between Tiger Woods and Bob May. This 16.0 rating was +25% higher than the combined rating for NBC, ABC, FOX and the WB (12.8/25) in the time period.

 

* One rating point equals one percent of the nation’s television homes that are tuned in during an average minute of a broadcast. The 2018-2019 U.S. TV household number is 119.9 million. Share is the percentage of the television homes in use that are tuned in to the broadcast.

 

Source: Nielsen, NTI

 

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