Viewers Stay in Tune for Monday Playoff


2008 U.S. OpenNEW YORK -- Viewers stayed tuned to the U.S. Open even as it spilled over into the work week.
Mondays dramatic playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate earned a 7.6 overnight rating and 20 share from 2-4:45 p.m. ET on NBC, the network said Tuesday. Thats just 11 percent less than the 8.5 overnight rating drawn by Sundays fourth round.
Its the highest rating for a Monday golf telecast in 30 years and a 90 percent increase from the last time the Open went to a playoff. When Retief Goosen defeated Mark Brooks by two strokes in 2001, the coverage earned a 4.0.
The first two hours of the playoff drew the highest cable rating ever for golf with a 4.2 on ESPN.
Sundays fourth round on NBC drew a 7.5 national rating and 17 share. It was the highest rating for a U.S. Open since 2002 and a 17 percent increase over the 6.4 last year.
The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time. Overnight ratings measure the countrys largest markets.
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