ORLANDO , Fla. -- Golf Channel’s original production, Being Graeme McDowell, won the Gold World Medal at the 2012 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards in the category of TV Entertainment, Sports Special. The awards presentation took place Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.
The Golf Channel documentary provided an inside-look at the life of PGA TOUR professional Graeme McDowell on the eve of his U.S. Open Championship title defense. Golf Channel was granted behind-the-scenes access to chronicle the life and career of Northern Ireland’s native son, and showcase his personal victories throughout the 2010-11 season. The program featured interviews with McDowell’s peers, colleagues and legends of the game, including fellow Irishman and Golf Channel/CBS Sports personality David Feherty.
Being Graeme McDowell was one of many Golf Channel Original Productions in 2011, which provided the network with a 20 percent lift in ratings for originals over the previous year and fueled Golf Channel to the most-watched year in its 17-year history.
Other original productions highlights in 2011 included:
• The popular Feherty series, featuring golf funnyman David Feherty, set a record as the most-watched season premiere for an Original Series in Golf Channel history.
• Ratings for the third season of The Haney Project, featuring Rush Limbaugh, were up 36 percent from the previous season.
• The docu-reality series, Pipe Dream, joined The Haney Project to lift Tuesday nights more than 50 percent.
• The hit reality competition, Big Break Ireland, started with highest-rated premiere for any Big Break series since fall of 2009, and finished with highest-rated season finale of all originals in 2011.
Building off 2011 as Golf Channel’s most-watched year ever, the network recently reported its most-watched quarter ever, reaching more than 25 million unique viewers from January through March.
For more information contact: