The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Tiger Woods’ return to Masters a ratings winner for TV networks


NEW YORK » Tiger Woods may not have won the Masters golf tournament, but his stirring return from injury was certainly a winner for the television networks following him.

CBS’ final round coverage of the venerable tourney on Sunday averaged 10.17 million viewers, the highest for any golf telecast since the correspond­ing day in 2019 — the last time Woods won the coveted green jacket, the Nielsen company said.

ESPN’S coverage of the first two rounds of the Masters averaged 3.3 million viewers, the most for its Master’s coverage since 2018, the network said.

ESPN’S viewership peaked at 4.6 million just as Woods was finishing up his second round on Saturday, Nielsen said.

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