- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Golf’s biggest tournament of the year wasn’t exempt from the overall decline in sports television ratings. 

The final round of The Masters averaged just 5.6 million viewers with a 3.4 rating — making it the tournament’s the lowest-rated broadcast since 1957, according to Sports Media Watch. This year’s Masters was pushed back from April to November, possibly explaining the drop in viewership. 

Last year’s final round averaged 10.8 million viewers, which was also the tournament’s lowest since at least 1995. Viewership records, according to Sports Media Watch, date back only 25 years. 

On Sunday, Masters-winner Dustin Johnson had a commanding lead entering the final day and the tournament was competing directly against an early slate of six NFL games. 

The tournament joins a list of other sporting events to see sharp declines since the pandemic began. The NBA Finals were down 49%, while the Stanley Cup Final saw a 61% drop-off. The Kentucky Derby and the U.S. Open tennis also had their ratings decline by at least 40%. 

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