Augusta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Without main attraction Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missing the cut, this year’s Masters television ratings for the final two rounds were the worst in more than two decades.
The average audience for the weekend coverage on CBS was 8.6 million viewers in 6.4 million homes, according to Nielsen ratings finalized Thursday morning.
In 1993, the Masters garnered just 7.9 million viewers in 5.6 million homes, watching Bernhard Langer won by four strokes.
Sunday’s final round had the potential to feature the youngest winner in Masters history, with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth tied for the lead entering Sunday’s action.
However, the youngster couldn’t keep up with eventual champion Bubba Watson, who earned his second Masters title by 3 strokes.
It was the first time since 1994 that both Woods and Mickelson were missing from a Masters weekend. Woods didn’t play after having surgery, and Mickelson missed the cut by 1 stroke.