US Open finals break TV records

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

The men’s final broke the 2011 viewer record on CBS. (Photo credit: AP)

The final of the U.S. Open 2012 has had a record number of viewers. On CBS, which broadcast the event in America, they announced that they have had an astonishing 16 million people who tuned in to watch the mens final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the highest total since 2007. It has also beaten audience figures of last year’s final between Djokovic and Nadal, which had 11,800,000 viewers.

The ladies final pulled in a fantastic audience to watch their home favourite, Serena Williams take on world No.1, Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka and Williams’s three set battle was watched by an incredible 17.7 million viewers, the highest total since 2002 when the final between the two Williams sisters passed the 20 million viewers mark.

I guess it would be true to say that the real winner here is tennis and after two epic finals, it kept viewers gripped to their seats!

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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