Good USGA News: Record Low Audience Saw '16 Fiasco!


Who would have thought it'd be positive for the U.S. Open to "enjoy" the lowest four-day viewership since records have been kept starting in 1995. But given things like the rules fiasco or the President struggling to speak during the trophy ceremony (but not impaired, according to the USGA, via Steve Elling), maybe this news is positive!

SBJ's Austin Karp reports:

The 2.34 million viewers is down from 3.5 million viewers last year, when coverage aired in primetime from the West Coast, and also down from 2.44 million viewers across NBC and ESPN in ’14. Fox finished with 5.4 million viewers for final round coverage on Sunday, which saw Dustin Johnson take home his first major. That figure is down sharply from 6.7 million viewers for Jordan Spieth’s win in primetime last year, but up big from 4.6 million viewers on NBC for Martin Kaymer’s runaway victory in ’14.

The chart: