2015 Masters: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Help Ratings Rebound

April 13, 2015

Jordan Spieth’s 18-under victory at the Masters wasn’t the only impressive number posted Sunday evening. CBS posted its best ratings since 2011 as Spieth earned his first green jacket.

CBS earned a 9.6 rating Sunday, which was good for a 23-percent increase from 2014. That came after third-round coverage featured a rating of 6.5 percent, 48 percent higher than 2014.

Worth noting is that the 2014 Masters—in which Tiger Woods didn’t compete and Phil Mickelson missed the cut—earned the fewest weekend viewers since 1957, so the bar was set low.

However, ratings increased outside of the weekend as well. ESPN—which aired the first two rounds in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday—earned a 2.1 rating Friday and a 2.2 rating Thursday, increases of roughly 17 and 38 percent, respectively.

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