Wimbledon: BBC Audience Peaks During First Andy Murray Match

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The Scottish star's win drew 4.1 million viewers at its peak as U.K. newspaper headlines featured puns about the scorching heat in London at the start of the tennis tournament.

The BBC's coverage of the second day of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on Tuesday drew a peak audience of 4.1 million.

As expected, the peak came for Scottish star ?Andy? ?Murray?'s first match of this year's tournament. Last year, his first match on the tournament's opening day peaked with 2.2 million viewers.


Third-seeded Murray beat his Tuesday opponent Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

According to overnight data provided by the U.K. public broadcaster, the viewership peak was reached at 5:55 p.m. London time as Murray was finishing his match.

British media outlets have been discussing Murray's shape and chances for this year's edition of Wimbledon after his defeat in the quarterfinals last year. In 2013, Murray won the tournament in London.

Unusually warm temperatures at the start of the tournament also drew media coverage and some puns in British newspapers. "Game, sweat and match to Murray," The Daily Star titled. And The Guardian wrote: "No sweat for Murray or Federer in the first round — but quite a bit more for spectators."

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