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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
NBC SPORTS DELIVERS SECOND MOST-WATCHED U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP IN FIVE YEARS
Final Round on NBC Averages 5.7 Million Viewers, Up 76% vs. 2020; Viewership Peaks at Nearly 9 Million Viewers
Nearly 40 Hours of U.S. Open Coverage Across NBC and GOLF Channel Average 3.1 Million Viewers, Up 43% vs. 2020
Second Round on GOLF Channel Delivers Network’s Most-Watched Weekday Telecast On Record
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 22, 2021 – NBC Sports’ comprehensive coverage of the 121st U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Calif., delivered the second most-watched U.S. Open in five years, one of many viewership milestones for the championship across NBC and GOLF Channel last week.
Sunday’s final round coverage on NBC (12-8:36 p.m. ET) averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 5.7 million viewers, up 76% vs. 2020, marking the network’s most-watched golf telecast since the 2018 Tour Championship, won by Tiger Woods. Viewership peaked at nearly 9 million viewers (8.932 million) in the 8-8:15 p.m. ET quarter hour, as Jon Rahm defeated Louis Oosthuizen by one shot for his first career major championship win.
Thursday-Sunday coverage across NBC and GOLF Channel – which totaled nearly 40 hours across the four days – averaged a TAD of 3.1 million viewers, up 43% vs. 2020 to rank as the second most-watched U.S. Open in five years only behind the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which featured Tiger Woods in contention for all four days. Early round coverage across the NBC and GOLF Channel averaged 1.7 million viewers, also the second most-watched early rounds behind 2019.
The U.S. Open also produced viewership milestones for GOLF Channel. Friday’s second-round coverage (12:30-6 p.m. ET) averaged nearly 1.4 million TV-only viewers to rank as the network’s most-watched weekday telecast on record (since 2006).
Friday’s primetime Live From the U.S. Open studio coverage (10 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET) averaged 247,000 viewers – up 24% vs. the comparable Friday coverage in 2020 and up 129% vs. 2019. Overall, Live From the U.S. Open primetime coverage averaged 147,000 viewers, up 32% vs. 2019.