NBC saw a record 5.11 overnight rating on Sunday for its 3PM – 6PM coverage of the final round of the Valspar Championship. You know…the one in which Tiger Woods came within one stroke of winning for the first time since 2013?
Oh, and that overnight rating was the best rating for a non-Major PGA Tour event since the 2013 Players Championship.
And Sunday’s final round was also the best-rated golf telecast (other than The Masters) since the 2015 PGA Championship.
NBC Sports also saw a record 3.26 overnight rating on Saturday for its coverage of the third round. It was the best-rated Round 3 of a PGA Tour event on any broadcast network since 2006, and the best rating for the Valspar tournament in its history—an eye-popping 181% gain over Round 3 of the event last year.
And golf can look for Tiger’s successor all it wants, but those Saturday and Sunday numbers were all without Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, who both missed the cut after Friday, and the number one ranked golfer in the world Dustin Johnson who sat this tourney out.
They all tuned in to see if Tiger.
Because when Tiger is competing on Sunday, nothing else can.