Fox News Beats ESPN for Tiger Ratings

Cable network tops “Worldwide Leader” in total viewers for Woods press conference

Last Updated: February 22, 2010 @ 3:10 PM

This is pretty surprising: more people watched the Tiger Woods press conference on the Fox News Channel than ESPN or any other cable channel.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox had 2,073,000 total viewers on Friday between 11 and 11:15 a.m. – the time Woods gave his prepared speech – while ESPN had 1,710,000.

ESPN did edge Fox News in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic popular with advertisers (761,000 to 567,000 viewers) according to Nielsen.

Tiger’s robotic apology gave all the major cable nets a bump on Friday, but the Golf Channel might’ve gotten the biggest in all of cable. During Woods’ speech, the network had 741,000 total viewers. At that time of the day, it usually averages about 35,000.

More to read:

The Tiger Woods Apology Scorecard
Tiger Says He’s Sorry, Slams Tabloids