Women's final ratings up, men's down at Wimbledon

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Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams drew plenty of interest in their Wimbledon final. (AP)

ESPN had increased TV ratings for the women's final at Wimbledon, but a decrease for the men's final.

The women's final between Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams drew a 2.1 rating, peaking at 2.4 during the final quarter, according to an ESPN announcement. That is up from 2017, when Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams got a 1.7, and the highest since 2015.

WATCH—Championship point from Kerber's win over Serena:

It also said that the entire broadcast drew a 1.4 rating, including both the conclusion of the men's semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, and the five-set men's doubles final won by Mike Bryan and Jack Sock. That is an 86 percent increase from a year ago.

WATCH—Championship point from Djokovic's win over Kevin Anderson

Subsequently, initial ratings released for the men's final were 0.9, down from 1.5 in 2017 and the lowest since ESPN began broadcasting the finals in 2012.

But according to ESPN, ratings for the marathon men's semifinals were up, getting a 1.0 for a broadcast that was extended by four hours. That is higher than 0.8 in 2017, and again the highest since 2015.

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