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All eyes on New York
Sampras-Agassi draws record rating for cable tennis
Posted: Thursday September 06, 2001 5:33 PM
Andre Agassi pushed Pete Sampras to the limit Wednesday, but couldn't win the last three tiebreakers. AP
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Sampras' four-set victory over Andre Agassi
in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open attracted the largest tennis
audience ever for a cable network.
USA Network's coverage of the Wednesday night match earned a
rating of 4.1 with 3,422,000 homes tuned into the telecast. That
translates to 4.6 million viewers.
The highest previous rating was a 5.9 for the Jimmy Connors-Paul
Haarhuis match on Sept. 5, 1991. At that time, USA was seen in 62
percent of the country and the telecast reached 3,388,000 homes.
The network is now in over 80 percent of American households.
Through the first 10 days of the U.S. Open, USA's primetime
rating was 1.9, up 36 percent from last year's 1.4. The combined
day-night rating is 1.5, up 36 percent from last year's 1.1.
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