As yet another year draws to a close and we enter a new decade, we thought we’d take a look back at some of 2019’s most popular televised sporting events.
We consulted SportsMediaWatch.com for their list of the 50 most watched sports telecasts of 2019 and picked out our personal highlights.
Each of the following games was record breaking for either the country, the sport, the team or an individual player and it’s those records that earned each game a place on our list.
Patriots v Rams NFL Super Bowl 53 – 98.19 million viewers on CBS
There’s no bigger televised sporting event than the NFL Super Bowl so it should come as no surprise that this was the most viewed game of 2019. The New England Patriots beat the LA Rams 13-3 equalling the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record of six Super Bowl titles and giving Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady his sixth Super Bowl ring, a record for an individual player.
Raptors v Warriors NBA Finals Game 6 – 18.76 million viewers on ABC
In June the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 seeing them take home Canada’s first NBA championship in the game’s history. This was the first time a Canadian team had topped a traditional major sports league since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.
Kentucky Derby Race Segment – 16.34 million viewers on NBC
Country House took home the 145th Kentucky Derby title in May following the controversial disqualification of Maximum Security. While the win was tarnished for both trainer Bill Mott and jockey Flavian Prat, with odds of 65-1 Country House became the second longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby in the competitions history. Wagering from all sources, including US sports betting sites totalled a massive $250.9 million, up from $225.7 million in 2018 and set a new record for the race.
US v England FIFA Women’s World Cup Semi Final – 8.79 million viewers on FOX and Telemundo
2019 turned the spotlight on women’s soccer and about time too. In July the US took home a well deserved 2-1 win against England in a packed Stade de Lyon to secure a place in their third consecutive World Cup final. The US went on to beat the Netherlands 2-0 in what became their record breaking fourth title win.
US Open Final Round – 7.31 million viewers on FOX
June also brought us the 119th US Open at Pebble Beach, California. American Gary Woodland won his first major career title by three shots from two time defending champion and World No. 1 Brooks Koepka. He finished 13 under par for the championship, ahead of second place Koepka with a score of 10 under par.