NEW YORK — The Tiger Woods-David Duval match-play shootout at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks may have lacked drama, but it scored decent ratings for ABC.
After defeating Duval, 2 and 1, in the first live network golf match Monday night, Woods said success--or failure--would depend on how many people tuned in to the telecast.
Call it a success.
The prime-time exhibition, shown from 5-8 p.m. PDT, posted a 6.9 national rating and a 12 share. That number was higher than the final rounds of the British Open (4.8) and the U.S. Open (6.8) but fell well short of the final round of the Masters (10.1). In Los Angeles, the telecast garnered an 8.7 rating and a 17 share.
However, all of the major golf tournaments are played during daytime, when it is more difficult to attract viewers.
Many industry experts, including the ABC brass, predicted a rating in the 5s for the Woods-Duval showcase. The show peaked from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an 8.2 mark.