U.S. Open Ratings Down 26 Percent

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By Cam Martin Comment

Rory McIlroy‘s 16-under par at the U.S. Open set a tournament record for most strokes under par and helped make the 22-year-old the youngest Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. But his domination of the field may have deterred viewers from tuning in to Sunday’s coverage, as NBC posted a 5.1 overnight rating for Sunday’s program, a 26 percent dip over last year’s numbers. If McIlroy had wavered on Sunday and treated fans to a replay of his Masters implosion, when he shot 80 on Sunday, perhaps more people would have tuned in. Alas, McIlroy was quite selfish and only thought of himself and winning his first major tournament.