THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 1115 — Pictured: (l-r) US Open Women’s Singles champion Bianca Andreescu during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 9, 2019 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty
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Bianca Andreescu’s historic U.S. Open championship on Saturday smashed television records for the sport in Canada.
Preliminary data from Numeris, a Canadian audience-measurement agency, confirmed that the Canadian’s victory over Serena Williams in New York attracted a record audience of 3.4 million viewers, making it the most watched tennis broadcast ever on TSN and TSN’s French sister network RDS, the sports specialty network announced.
More than 7 million unique Canadian viewers tuned in to watch some part of the match and audiences peaked at 5.3 million viewers at 5:59 Eastern in the second set as Andreescu put the match away to become the first ever Canadian singles player to win a Grand Slam championship.
The match ranked as the network’s most-watched broadcast since the Toronto Raptors clinched the 2019 NBA championship live on TSN, CTV and RDS, the news release said. An average audience of 7.7 million in Canada watched Game 6 of the NBA Finals when the Raptors became the first NBA team outside the United States to win the championship.
In Toronto, the women’s final had a share of 58% on TSN, meaning that more than half of all people watching television in Toronto on Saturday were tuned in to the women’s final.
Canada has a population of about 37 million.