How Much Did Tiger’s Resurgence Pump Up Golf Ratings? A Lot!

Aug 14, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Ratings for CBS’s coverage of the PGA Championship went through the roof as Tiger Woods appeared to find his old form during Sunday’s final round.

The AP reports that CBS reached 8.5 million viewers for Sunday’s round, up a whopping 73% from the 4.9 million who watched the final round a year earlier, based on Nielsen figures.

“Woods was the difference,” the AP notes. “The old hero was playing his best golf in years, leading to a second-place finish against champion Brooks Koepka. Koepka may have won, but crowds and newspaper headlines followed Woods.”

The ratings were reportedly the best for a PGA championship since 2009, with viewership peaking at 12.3 million people in the final half-hour of the tournament.

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