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US Open Sets First Week Records For TV Viewership, Attendance And Web Traffic

September 7, 2006 11:00 AM

The USTA today announced that the first week of the 2006 US Open set records in television viewership, attendance, and website traffic. The following lists the new records and other highlights through Sunday, September 3:

Attendance:

· First week ticket sales exceeded 400,000 for the first time in history (406,040). The final attendance figure will not be determined until after the tournament due to ticket exchanges for the rained out sessions.

· For the first time, all Night Sessions for the first week were sold out, or were at 99% of capacity.

· The all-time night session attendance of 23,736 was set on Opening Night.

· On Sunday, September 3, the all-time total attendance record for one day/night was set, topping 60,000 for the first time (60,505).

· The USTA created a special night session in Louis Armstrong on Sunday, September 3 to accommodate fans that held tickets to rained-out sessions.

Ratings:

· USA Network ratings were up 57% through Thursday (first four days) with the Agassi-Baghdatis match on Thursday night equaling USA Network's highest rating in four years.

· USA Network earned its best Opening Night rating in its 23 years of US Open coverage.

· CBS Sports' rating of 3.0 on Sunday, September 3, was the highest rating for a first weekend Sunday since 1990. The rating was a 30% increase over 2005 and peaked at a 4.3 from 2 pm to 2:30 pm.

Website Traffic:

· USOpen.org received 12.5 million visitors during Week One, an increase of 40.8% over the record first week traffic set in 2005.

· Unique visitors to the site have increased by more than 75% over 2005.

 

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