Tiger's back and NBC is dancing
That sound you hear is NBC and the PGA celebrating Tiger Woods' return to the winner's circle, which is even more important than his return to the game. The great one's come-from-behind victory in the Bay Hill tournament Sunday gave NBC its biggest golf rating since last year's U.S. Open.
But the Bay Hill event is hardly a major, which gives an indication of Eldrick's drawing power. The 4.9 rating was the largest for a non-major in two years and stops a free-fall in ratings that coincided with Woods' departure last year for a little nip-and-tuck on his knee.
Global's E Channel drew 417,000 viewers for the final round, though comparison to last year is not available at this time. Suffice to say, Canadian golf fans aren't that different from Americans so it's probably comparable to the 23 per cent increase NBC experience over last year's tournament.
Not surprisingly, golf pales in comparison to hockey in Canada, which dominates the TV sports ratings, according to BBM Nielsen Media Research overnight numbers. What continues to draw flies is the NCAA basketball tournament despite all the hype.
The Score's best audience for the weekend NCAA action was 76,000 viewers on Saturday night. March Madness apparently didn't make it across the border.
Here's a look at the weekend audiences:
1. Hockey Night In Canada, early games, Saturday, CBC: 1,153,000
2. Hockey Night In Canada, WIld at Flames, Saturday, CBC: 667,000
3. World figure skating, Sunday, CBC: 456,000
4. PGA Bay Hill final round, Sunday, E Channel: 417,000
5. Hockey Night In Canada, pre-game show, Saturday, CBC: 389,000
6. Leafs at Sabres, Friday, Sportsnet: 318,000 *
7. World figure skating, Saturday, CBC: 274,000
8. World women's curling semifinal, Saturday, TSN: 274,000
9. NASCAR Martinsville 500, Sunday, TSN: 264,000**
10. F-1 Australian Grand Prix, Sunday, TSN: 200,000
11. Bulls at Raptors, Sunday, CBC: 184,000
* Ontario only
** Viewers who watched on Fox not calculated