Golf Channel Is Fastest Growing Network On Television

Golf Channel scored its most-watched June ever, capping the most-watched second quarter in the network's 17-year history and the sixth consecutive quarter of record growth since becoming part of the NBC Sports Group. This viewership surge makes Golf Channel the fastest-growing network on U.S. television (among networks serving 80 million or more homes), according to data released by The Nielsen Company.

Golf Channel averaged 115,000 viewers during June, which represents an increase of 37 percent over last year and 40 percent over 2010. The second quarter also averaged 115,000 viewers and topped the past two years by 29 percent and 34 percent, respectively. Though June, average viewers (116,000) are up 22 percent over the same period last year (95,000) and an impressive 51 percent over 2010 (77,000).

Five of the first six months of 2012 – and seven of eight months dating to November 2011 – have been “best ever” months on Golf Channel, meaning that viewership for each was the highest in Golf Channel history for that particular month of the year.

Golf Channel’s coverage of the Open Championship, the season’s third major from Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in England, begins on July 16.


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