Wimbledon makes a racket
Men's final ratings best since '04Sunday'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.