WNBA Finals Delivers Best Overnight Since 2007


WNBA Finals Delivers Best Overnight Since 2007

The WNBA Finals 2014 Game 2 – a 97-68 win for the Phoenix Mercury over the Chicago Sky – delivered a 0.6 overnight rating, marking the highest overnight number for any WNBA postseason game on ESPN or ESPN2 since 2007 (ESPN2, 0.6 on Sept. 13, Phoenix vs. Detroit). The Mercury hold a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 on Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

The top 10 metered markets for the WNBA Finals 2014 Game 2 include: Phoenix (1.9); Atlanta (1.7); New Orleans & Las Vegas (1.4); Hartford/New Haven (1.3); Greenville, Columbus & Greensboro (1.2); Nashville & Memphis (1.1) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (1.0).

Early-Round Ratings Success
The WNBA Playoffs 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile conference semifinal games on ESPN2 posted a 100 percent ratings increase over last season (0.2 HH US rating vs. 0.1), and a 31 percent increase in viewership (262,000 viewers vs. 200,000 viewers).

The WNBA Conference Semifinal Game 3, showcasing the Phoenix Mercury’s 96-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, Sept. 7, was the most viewed on ABC since 2007 (828,000 viewers). The previous high on ABC was an Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 between the Detroit Shock and Indiana Fever on September 2 (839,000 viewers).

The game also delivered a 0.6 household US rating – also the highest on ABC since 2007 (0.7 HH US rating).






Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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