THE PLAYERS Sunday Overnight Rating on NBC Up 60% Over 2014


THE PLAYERS Posts Third Best Sunday Overnight Rating of Any Golf Tournament in Past Year & Third Best PLAYERS Sunday Overnight in a Decade


Sunday’s Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS: +67% For

Pre-Event Coverage and +57% for Post-Event Coverage vs. 2014


Golf Channel’s Coverage Pacing to Be Second Most-Watched PLAYERS Week Ever, Higher than Past Five Years’ Major Championship Weeks Except, for the Masters 

Golf Channel on NBC’s Coverage of THE PLAYERS Championship posted golf’s third highest-rated Sunday over the past year with a 3.9 overnight rating (2-8 p.m. ET), a 60% increase over 2014. THE PLAYERS peaked with a 6.0 overnight rating from 7:30-8:00 p.m. ET as Rickie Fowler won his second PGA TOUR event on the fourth playoff hole. Of all golf tournaments over the past year, only the Sunday rounds of the 2015 Masters and 2014 PGA Championship exceeded NBC’s coverage of THE PLAYERS. This also represented the third highest-rated Sunday overnight for THE PLAYERS over the past decade, exceeded only by Tiger Woods’ win in 2013 and Henrik Stenson’s win in 2009, according to data released today by The Nielsen Company.

Sunday’s pre-event coverage on Golf Channel’s Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS (9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET) also posted significant year-over-year gains in viewership with a .4 overnight, a +67% increase over 2014. Post-event coverage on Sunday night of Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS (8-10 p.m. ET) posted a .2 overnight, a +57% increase over last year.

Preliminary viewership data is pacing for Golf Channel to post its second most-watched PLAYERS week ever. A full report on Final National Ratings and Cume Audience figures will be available on Wednesday, May 13.


  • The 2015 PLAYERS Championship was second most-streamed PGA TOUR event ever on Golf Live Extra, trailing only 2013’s coverage, with 7.39 million minutes streamed (+94% YOY).  This also was the most-streamed event for Golf Live Extra since the 2014 Ryder Cup.
  • Golf Channel Digital scored Best Ever PLAYERS week records in all key metrics, including:
    • Page Views: 20.79 million (+51% YOY)
    • Visits: 3.97 million (+52% YOY)
    • Video Starts: 798K (+85% YOY)
    • Unique Visitors: 1.37 million (+53% YOY); Golf Channel Mobile 315K (+20% YOY)