The Tiger Effect was in full effect on Sunday at The Masters as Woods was able to chase down 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari about seven hours earlier than scheduled thanks to inclement weather threatening the Augusta, Georgia area.
The telecast averaged 10.8 million viewers between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with a peak coming predictably at 2:15 p.m. when an audience of 18.3 million tuned in.
CBS Sports’ Masters Coverage Scores Big with Viewers
— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) April 16, 2019
Between the live morning coverage and the encore afternoon coverage, CBS reached over 37.5 million viewers, a 41% increase from last year’s live-only afternoon coverage that saw Patrick Reed slip into the green jacket.
For comparison’s sake, the 4.5 million people who watched the encore coverage of Woods’ win ranks as the third-highest golf broadcast on any network so far this year, and it only trails this weekend’s third and fourth-round coverage in that tally.
According to The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, 21% of the televisions that were on in the United States from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. were tuned into Woods win at Augusta National.
JUST IN: 21 percent of all the televisions that were on in the US from 9am ET to 2:30pm ET yesterday were tuned into CBS and its live coverage of Tiger’s Masters win. pic.twitter.com/QJJvm5w2tq
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 15, 2019