Five-Game Series is Third Most-Viewed in ESPN History The Minnesota Lynx won their fourth WNBA Championship last night and the ESPN audience (including most of the streaming audience) – an average of 902,000 viewers (P2+) – is the fifth most all time among the 230 WNBA playoff games ESPN/ESPN2/ABC have aired since the league was … Read More
Last night’s WNBA Finals Game 5 on ESPN is the highest-rated WNBA Finals telecast since 2003, according to Nielsen. The WNBA Championship-clincher delivered a 0.8 metered market rating, doubling last year’s WNBA Finals Game 5 rating (0.4). The telecast peaked with a 1.1 rating from 10:45 – 11 p.m. ET. The 0.8 metered market rating is the best since Game 3 of the WNBA Finals in 2003 (1.0).
Game 1 of the 2017 WNBA Finals, which aired Sunday, Sept. 24, on ABC delivered a 0.6 overnight rating, the best overnight ever for a Game 1 on the ESPN networks. The matchup between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks resulted in a +20% increase from last year’s Game 1.
ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the 2017 WNBA Finals presented by Verizon featuring the top two teams in the league – the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx – will tip off Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon continue tonight with the start of the best-of-five semifinals ESPN2. Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics visit Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury visiting Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks at 10 p.m.
Semifinals Featuring Top Seeds Minnesota and Los Angeles Begin Tuesday, Sept. 12 ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon will begin Wednesday, Sept. 6, with a first-round, single-elimination doubleheader on ESPN2. Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Dallas Wings will visit Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics at 8 … Read More
The Verizon WNBA All-Star Game 2017 will highlight the league’s stars in the 12th edition of the star-studded event, broadcasting live on ABC on Saturday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. ET from KeyArena in Seattle. Ryan Ruocco will call the game alongside analyst Rebecca Lobo, with reporters Holly Rowe (Western Conference) and LaChina Robinson (Eastern Conference).
The immersive digital experience for ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual BODY Issue launched today at www.espn.com/bodyissue. Created in celebration of the athletic form, the issue features 23 world-class athletes from the Olympics, NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, tennis, and rugby among other sports around the world from Denmark to New Zealand. Photos, videos, and interviews of the athletes are showcased in the unique new digital gallery experience and the issue hits newsstands Friday, July 7.
WNBA and Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi is poised to make history tonight, sitting only 29 points away from becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. Taurasi and the Mercury will face the Chicago Sky tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN3/NBA TV and streaming live on the ESPN app.
ESPN will live stream 11 regular-season games during the 2017 WNBA season, beginning Tuesday, May 30, as Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Dallas Wings host Candice Dupree and the Indiana Fever.