This does not include viewers in clubs and sports bars. In addition, millions more followed the excitement (possibly from behind their sofas) on the excellent BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC website and many other platforms.
Sky TV’s cumulated live UK audience of 4,053,961 was 26.7% higher than for The Ryder Cup Match at Celtic Manor Resort in 2010.
Jon Stainer, Senior Vice-President in the UK for Repucom, a world leader in full-service brand analysis and research, said, “Golf isolates a hard-to-reach demographic which makes the top events a very attractive platform for sponsors. Where the Ryder Cup differs from the other major events is that, in terms of its audience, it transcends the sport of golf due to the strong element of national or regional pride. It‘s an incredibly engaging storyline and you don‘t have to be an avid golf fan to be hooked by the drama and emotion. As our research highlights, it‘s also no longer a regional affair as sports enthusiasts all over the world are clearly being drawn to it.”
TV audiences in Ireland and Spain are also thought to have been particularly strong while the estimated live viewing figures for the US were more than 8 million over the three days.
Repucom has supplied GBN.com with some exclusive social media and market research insight on the Ryder Cup:
Source: Repucom Social Media analysis, powered by Crimson Hexagon
Source: Repucom S21+, the largest annual global market research study in sports business.
Viewing figures for the BBC Ryder Cup Highlights programmes on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September peaked at 400,000 but by Sunday the number of viewers reached well over 1,000,000. On Monday 1st October despite (or perhaps because) the result being known the peak number of viewers was 2.3 million.