ESPN Numbers In

Paging Oliver Tse to Translate

by , Nov 13, 2008 | 3:32 pm

From the flaks at ESPN:


As Denmark’s Peter Eastgate became the youngest champion ever in front of a packed house in Las Vegas, nearly 2.4 million viewers were tuned into ESPN’s groundbreaking same-day coverage of the World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light on Tuesday, November 11.

The telecast earned a 1.9 rating, up 46% from 1.3 for the final showdown in 2007, and represents 1,905,000 homes and 2,364,000 viewers in the average minute. Those are increases of 53% in homes (from 1,249,000) and 52% among viewers (from 1,552,000).

For the 2008 season’s schedule of 32 shows, averages were 0.9 rating, 919,000 homes and 1,126,000 people, up 13% among homes (from 815,000) and 15% among viewers (from 981,000).
Eastgate, 22, of Odense, Denmark, shattered Phil Hellmuth’s record as youngest champion of the no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament by two years. Hellmuth was 24 when he won in 1989.

ADDENDUM: Commish Jeffrey P’s bloggage on the overall success.

6 Comments to “ESPN Numbers In”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    The final table delay will happen in 2009, nuff said.

    Also, highest rating poker show since 2004.

  2. DanM

    I’m kinda shocked the press release doesn’t mention it all the way back to ’04. What are they afraid of? We all know ’06 was a peak that we somehow got knocked down from. And it probably doesn’t hurt for others to know that, too.

    So do these numbers represent a huge success (my prediction back 4 months ago) … or do they represent a slight success that were able to be presented in a huge success light (my prediction 4 weeks/days ago).

  3. Kevin Mathers

    Pollack mentioned on his “blog” that they were the highest since 2004. Considering they were up almost 50% year to year, they’re closer to a huge success.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    From a post back in May on 2+2, Oliver was looking for 1.9-2m viewers. When Raymer won in 2004, there was 2.8m viewers.

  5. Kevin Mathers

    Oliver made the above comment at (post 27)

  6. DanM

    So wow, he nailed the number, huh? Say what you will about the Tse-man, he knows his television data.