It turns out that not having Tiger Woods in contention and going head-to-head against the NFL is not a winning combination for Masters coverage.
The final numbers for the final round of the 2020 Masters are in and they show a 51 percent decline in the ratings, making it the least-watched Masters event since 1957, according to a report.
According to Sports Media Watch:
Sunday’s final round of the Masters averaged a 3.4 rating and 5.59 million viewers on CBS, marking the lowest-rated Sunday at Augusta since 1957* (3.0) and the least-watched on record (viewership records date back to 1995). The previous lows were considerably higher: a 6.7 in 1980 and 11.05 million in 2017.
The telecast, delayed seven months from its original April date, aired in a special early morning timeslot and overlapped with competing NFL games on FOX. It should be noted that the first hour of