• September 25, 2021

ESPN: 2017 WNBA Finals was highest-rated since 2003

Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen. Photo © Lee Michaelson.

ESPN released the following about yesterday’s Game 5 of the WNBA Finals:

The 2017 WNBA Finals on ESPN, in which the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 3-2 to win the WNBA Championship, is the highest-rated since 2003. The five-game series averaged a 0.5 metered market rating, up 24 percent compared to 2016, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen.

Wednesday’s Game 5 on ESPN was the highest-rated WNBA Finals game since 2003, delivering a 0.8 metered market rating, doubling last year’s Game 5 rating (0.4). The telecast peaked with a 1.1 rating from 10:45 – 11 p.m. ET.

Game 5 on ESPN generated a 7.9 rating in the Minneapolis market. The remaining top five markets include Hartford (2.4), New Orleans (1.4), Louisville (1.4) and Birmingham (1.2). The telecast averaged a 0.9 in the Los Angeles market.

After the first game in the series which was aired on ABC, the network announced that the contest had “the best overnight ever for a Game 1 on the ESPN networks.” The top markers for Game 1 were: Nashville, Minneapolis, Birmingham, Hartford-New Haven and Knoxville.

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