Wimbledon makes a racket

Men's final ratings best since '04

Sunday's Wimbledon men's final delivered the best ratings for NBC since 2004.

Preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research showed that the six-hour match between five-time champ Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal averaged a 3.2 overnight household rating/9 share.

That was the best for Wimbledon since the 2004 final between Federer and Andy Roddick that averaged a 3.6/10 in the same overnight household ratings. This year's numbers also were up 10% compared with a year ago, when Federer-Nadal averaged a 2.9/8 in the same time period.

Final viewership data will be released today.

Saturday's Venus Williams-Marion Bartoli match, which Williams won, was up 27% compared with last year to 2.8/8.

The top metered markets for the Federer-Nadal final were West Palm Beach, Fla. (7.0/17), and Richmond, Va. (5.8/12). Neither New York nor Los Angeles was in the top 10.