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Players Championship Draws Lowest TV Ratings in 15 Years Without Tiger Woods

TV viewers largely tuned out Martin Kaymer's win on Sunday at the Players (Darren Carroll/SI). TV viewers largely tuned out Martin Kaymer's win on Sunday at the Players (Darren Carroll/SI).


The longer he’s gone, the more his absence grows.
Without Tiger Woods in the field this weekend, the Players Championship drew a feeble 2.6 overnight rating on NBC Sunday, according to Sports Media Watch. That’s a 54 percent drop from last year, when Woods claimed the title, and the lowest Sunday showing for the event in 15 years.
Final round coverage of The Players Championship earned a 2.6 overnight rating on NBC Sunday afternoon, down 54% from Woods’ victory last year (5.7) and down 24% from 2012 (3.4). The 2.6 overnight tied as the lowest for Sunday coverage of the event since at least the past fifteen years, matching 2005 coverage that featured the second and third rounds.

Yes, the tournament had other factors working against it, including a 90-minute weather delay that likely turned a lot of viewers off. A tepid Sunday showing by 20-year-old American star Jordan Spieth surely had an impact, too.
But it’s hard to overlook what’s really going on. Even though there’s plenty of good reasons to watch (Martin Kaymer’s resurgence was an uplifting story), life just ain’t the same on a Woods-less Tour.
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