“The Match” put up some monster TV ratings Sunday night on TNT.
According to Darren Rovell, Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods defeating Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson in the charity event averaged 5.8 million viewers. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
That makes it the most-watched golf match in cable TV history. The initial ratings even beat “The Last Dance” on ESPN.
JUST IN: “The Match” draws an average of 5.8 million viewers, a record for a golf event on cable.
“The Last Dance” episodes averaged 5.6 million viewers.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 25, 2020
It’s also worth noting the event didn’t just put up huge TV ratings, but also raised $20 million for people in need during the coronavirus pandemic!
Well done, men. A win for you, sports for us, and $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts. pic.twitter.com/OKFloTncKt
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 25, 2020
Yeah, I think it’s safe to say people are desperately missing sports. This probably would have garnered millions of viewers no matter what.
With the star power “The Match” had, you knew people were going to be interested. That’s just a fact.
I’m here everyday for Peyton Manning talking shit to Tom Brady. Brady didn’t expect that Nick Foles joke. Excellent pic.twitter.com/R7WVUe8dau
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) May 24, 2020
However, it probably doesn’t become the most-watched golf event in cable history without the coronavirus pandemic.
People are craving anything they can find to scratch the itch left by the absence of sports. Manning and Woods getting a huge win got the job down for millions of fans around the world.
Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Tiger Woods hold a check for $20 million going towards COVID-19 relief.
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 25, 2020
All the way around, the event was a smashing success and raised a ton of money for a great cause. You can’t complain about that at all.