Fox Sports drew big audiences for its primetime opening round coverage of the U.S. Open championship last night.
Fox broadcasting and FS1’s primetime coverage of the golf event drew a combined 3.4 million viewers -- the best first round coverage on a broadcast network since 2002, according to Fox Sports. The performance was up 61% over last year’s 2.1 million viewers, according to the network.
Fox broadcasting in primetime carried main coverage of the US Open, while FS1 offered a dedicated feed that followed two groups of golfers that included Tiger Woods and defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.
On the cable side, FS1’s day-long first round coverage (12:30 to 7:30 pm ET) averaged 1.3 million viewers, up 30% from 2018’s 1 million viewers, according to Fox Sports.