Golf Scores With Solheim Cup Coverage


Golf Channel, like the U.S. team, concluded its exclusive coverage of The Solheim Cup Sunday on a high.
The network scored its highest-ever rating for the final day of the biennial event, held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. with a 0.93 mark, trebling its 0.27 average from its coverage in 2007, according to Nielsen Media Research data. That translated into 956,000 viewers on average.
The Aug. 23 rating also exceeded the 0.62 Sunday average in 2005, the previous time it was held on U.S. soil.
The U.S. team won the Solheim Cup for the third straight time, defeating Europe 16-12, as the teams were tied at 8, entering Sunday's singles matches.
The opening day of the team competition on Aug. 21 holed a 0.32 average, the second-highest Friday rating on television for a LPGA Tour event this year, while Saturday's matches - encompassing 12 hours that represented the longest continuous Golf tournament telecast ever - averaged a 0.60, topping same-day ratings from both 2005 and 2007, according to network officials.
The coverage marked both the first time Golf aired the Solheim Cup in HD and the first time the network's Live From news franchise covered a women's event.
Traffic on also posted significant gains with page views totaling 3.3 million, and nearly 468,000 visitors to the site.