Andy Murray broke the record for the highest TV Audience of 2013 as his historic Wimbledon win spurred around 17.3 million viewers to tune into BBC One and watch the Briton triumph over Serbian Novak Djokovic. This is the highest watched Wimbledon final since 1990 when Stefan Edberg triumphed over Boris Becker. Last year, when Andy Murray unfortunately lost to Roger Federer, there was an astonishing 16.9 million viewers at one point with an average of 11.4 million, therefore Murray has beaten that this year.
It was a magical moment which the TV audiences would have loved when Andy Murray won the Wimbledon Championships and falling to the floor in disbelief. It was always his dream to win the Grass Grand Slam and he feared it would never meant to be when he lost to Roger Federer a year ago, but now he has finally won it. Murray won his first Grand Slam last year after Wimbledon in the US Open where he defeated Novak Djokovic in a 5 set thriller.
In that US Open victory for the Scot, in true Murray style he had the British on the edge of their seats the whole way through the final. Going 2 sets up against Djokovic, in the US Open he allowed the Serbian to make his way into the match levelling it at 2-2; yet Murray still managed to see out the victory. However, this year at Wimbledon when he won the first two sets, he wasn’t letting Djokovic back into the match as he stormed his way to a straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-4 triumph.
Nearly 80% of the TV Audience was watching Andy Murray storm his way to victory over Novak Djokovic. In his home country of Scotland, 90% of the population who were watching TV were watching their sporting hero make British history, which reached almost 2 million people. There was little chance of the Wimbledon final achieving the same amount of viewers as the opening ceremony did for the London 2012 Olympics as the TV Audience for that reached a massive 26.9 million.
Nevertheless, Andy Murray beat the previous holder for the highest TV Audience of 2013 before the Wimbledon final. In Murray’s Wimbledon semi-final, 13.2 million tuned in to watch the Scot which was only just more than the previous best TV Audience of the year, which was the Britain’s Got Talent final; that reached 13.1 million viewers. It was truly a spectacle never to be forgotten as Andy Murray lifted the trophy, but can any show get a higher TV Audience than the Wimbledon final?
Author Daniel Foster.
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