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SBD Global/June 11, 2013/Media

Eurosport Scores Top Ratings With French Open Final; F1 Race Disappoints On RTL

Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport "has recorded top ratings for its broadcast of the men's French Open final" between Spaniards Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. An average of 430,000 viewers tuned in on Sunday to watch Nadal's straight-set victory. The game had a market share of 3.3%. In the target demographic 14-49, Nadal's record-setting eighth French Open title obtained a 2.2% share. In addition, German free-to-air TV channel RTL "received rather disappointing ratings for its broadcast of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix." A total of 5.38 million viewers tuned in to watch Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's first victory on the Île Notre-Dame. In the target demographic, the race obtained a disappointing 14.6% market share. For German pay-TV channel Sky the Canadian GP "was a success." Sky's broadcast attracted 410,000 viewers, which equaled a 1.3 market share. In the target demographic, the race obtained a 1.7% share (DWDL, 6/10).

IN SPAIN: On Spanish TV station Telecinco, the French Open final broadcast drew 1,976,000 viewers for pregame programming, for a 14.6% share. The Nadal-Ferrer match attracted 4,105,000 viewers for a 28% share and 3,931,000 viewers tuned in for the postgame show for a share of 27.3% (TELECINCO). AS reported the first game of the Spanish Basketball League finals, in which Madrid beat Barcelona, drew an audience of 973,600 on La 1, with 239,800 more viewers tuning in through channel TV3. In total, the audience reached 1,213,400 spectators, with an accumulated share of 15.1% (12.1% on La 1 and 3% on TV3) (AS, 6/10).

IN GREAT BRITAIN: In London, Jason Deans reported BBC1's "best rating programme of the day came from live coverage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix, which averaged 4.6 million viewers and a 23.6% audience share over nearly three hours" from 6:15pm local time. Sky Sports F1 "averaged 624,000 and 3.3% for its live coverage of the same event" from 5:30pm. ITV's live coverage of Nadal's French Open victory "averaged 1 million viewers and a 9.9% share over five hours" from 1:30pm (GUARDIAN, 6/10).
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