PGA ratings plummet with Tiger out of contention

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

The PGA Championship's final-round TV ratings dropped 41 percent this year.

With Tiger Woods out of contention, and a surprise champion in Shaun Micheel, Sunday's action drew a 4.7 overnight rating and 10 share on CBS.

The network got an 8.0 overnight rating and 17 share when Rich Beem held off Woods down the stretch to win the 2002 PGA.

It's the first time since 1969 that there was a clean sweep of the Grand Slam for guys who never had won a major -- and all four of this year's majors drew lower ratings than in 2002.

Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets..

The two-day average overnight rating for Saturday and Sunday at the PGA Championship was 4.4, 34 percent lower than last year.

The Sunday and two-day numbers for the 2002 PGA Championship both represented the second-highest since overnight ratings began being compiled in 1987.

-- AP

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