Everyone Loves Wimbledon, Especially NBC

ecu.jpgWe were on a Peter Pan bus Sunday afternoon, so we missed most of the epic, seven-hour Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The rest of the country, however, was watching in huge numbers.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the match averaged 4.6 overnight household rating and a 12 share between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. It was the highest-rated final since 2000, when Pete Sampras defeated Patrick Rafter and up 44 percent from last year’s Federer-Nadal final. The audience stayed strong despite a 70-minute rain delay in the second set and a shorter one in the fifth set.

In dramatic executive fashion, NBC sports president Ken Schanzer compared the match to a play: “The first act was Nadal. The second act was Federer. The third act was the denounement, the resolution. The drama just kept building.” We’ve never been to a play with a rain delay, but perhaps we just slept through it?