Honda Classic 2018: Golf Channel, CBS see strong viewership numbers

Both CBS and Golf Channel recorded huge viewership numbers for the final round of the Honda Classic Sunday at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.

*Photos from the 2018 Honda Classic

*Dave George: Justin Thomas last man standing after playoff

CBS posted the highest viewership and ratings for the tournament in five years. An average of 3.3 million viewers tuned in to the two weekend telecasts, a 14 percent increase over NBC’s coverage of a year ago. The national household rating of 2.1 and a 5 share was up 11 percent from the network’s first four PGA Tour events of 2017.

Sunday’s final round was the most-watched at the Honda in six years with an average of 4 million viewers, an increase of 43 percent from last year.

Similarly, Golf Channel’s lead-in coverage of the final round attracted 1.593 million viewers, making it the most-watched lead-in coverage on that network for a PGA Tour event since the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open, and the fourth most-watched led-in telecast over the past 11 years.

Golf Channel was the most-watched cable sports network in the 1-3:15 p.m. EDT time slot Sunday.

*Tiger Woods happy with 12th-place finish

This year’s tournament marked Tiger Woods’ first time playing Honda in four years. It was also the first time he had played consecutive tournaments since his latest back surgery, and Woods was within striking distance entering the final round before finishing in 12th place. The tournament attracted a strong field and was won in a one-hole playoff by Jupiter resident Justin Thomas. An event-record 224,642 spectators turned out over the seven days.

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