ESPN: 2016 WNBA Finals Game 1 delivers best overnight rating since 2010
Game 1 of the 2015 WNBA Finals, which aired Sunday, Oct. 9, on ABC, delivered a 0.5 overnight rating, the best since 2010. The matchup between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks resulted in a +25 percent increase from last year’s Game 1.
The top five markets
- Minneapolis (2.1)
- Nashville (1.4)
- Hartford-New Haven (1.3)
- Louisville (1.0)
- Charlotte (0.9)
Los Angeles delivered a 0.4 metered market rating.
The WNBA implemented a new playoff format this season that ensured the top eight teams in the league, regardless of conference, would secure a spot in the postseason. This year’s Finals feature the top two teams in the league, and Game 1 ended with a buzzer-beater that led to a 78-76 Los Angeles win and a 1-0 lead in the series for the Sparks. The Finals continue Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.