TV ratings for The Masters take HUGE DROP compared to Tiger Woods' 2019 win

Dustin Johnson's Masters victory was a turn off with Americans compared to Tiger Woods' 2019 Masters triumph...

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Wed, 18 Nov 2020
TV ratings for The Masters take HUGE DROP compared to Tiger Woods' 2019 win

Dustin Johnson's emphatic Masters performance was the LEAST-WATCHED tournament at Augusta National on record, and the lowest-rated since 1957 - when it comes to American viewers at least. 

The Masters, which took place last week after being pushed back from its annual slot of April due to the coronavirus pandemic, drew a 3.4 rating in the United States, with 5.50 million viewers on Sunday.

Compared to last year's Masters when Tiger Woods captured his 15th career major at Augusta National, the 3.4 mark is a 51% drop against April 2019. 

There should probably be an asterisk against this significant drop, however, with not only the 2020 Masters' move from spring to fall but the fact it lost its afternoon time slot to a much earlier finish, with Johnson slipping on his first Green Jacket at around 2pm on Sunday (US time). 

You then also had last week's Masters Tournament competing against the NFL on Sunday, whereas the NFL season is already over when The Masters is in its usual April slot in the schedule. 



Johnson also had a substantial five-stroke advantage on the chasing pack with an hour of play remaining on Sunday, which you could argue was another reason for people turning off. 

The Masters, did however, generate better television figures compared to September's US Open won by Bryson DeChambeau. That tournament drew a 2.0 rating and only 3.2 million viewers. 

Last week's 3.4 rating at The Masters also marked the highest viewed golf tournament in the United States of the entire year.