Record Viewership at the 2015 Women’s College World Series

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Record Viewership at the 2015 Women’s College World Series

  • 1 and No. 2 Most-Watched WCWS Bracket Round Games Ever on ESPN Networks
  • 2015 WCWS Bracket Round (12 Games): 1,055,000 Average Viewers, Second-Highest Viewership in 19 Years on ESPN Networks
  • 2015 WCWS Championship Finals (Game 1): 1.0 Overnight Rating, Tied for Highest-Rated Game 1 on Record and a 43% Increase Over ’14 WCWS Championship Finals Game 1

ESPN recorded its No. 1 and No. 2 most-viewed Women’s College World Series bracket round games this past weekend. Game 12 – No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan on Sunday, May 31 – averaged 1,950,000 viewers and Game 9 – No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 4 Auburn on Saturday, May 30 – averaged 1,612,000 viewers which bested the previous No. 1, 2009 WCWS Game 12– Alabama vs. Florida – which averaged 1,588,000 viewers.

2015 Women’s College World Series Bracket Round

ESPN’s entire presentation of the 2015 Women’s College World Series bracket round (Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31) averaged 1,055,000 viewers (12 games), the second most-viewed WCWS bracket round on ESPN networks –which started in 1997 — topped only by the 2011 WCWS bracket round (1,114,000 average viewers).

No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan: Third Most-Watched Women’s College World Series Game of All-Time

No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan is also the third most-watched WCWS game of all-time (any round), trailing the 2007 WCWS Championship Finals Game 3: Tennessee vs. Arizona (2,326,000 viewers) and  2005 WCWS Championship Finals Game 3: Michigan vs. UCLA (2,240,000 viewers).

2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Game 1

The 2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Game 1 on Monday, June 1 – where the defending national champions/No. 1 Florida defeated No. 3 Michigan 3-2 – earned a 1.0 overnight rating, which is tied for the highest-rated WCWS Championship Finals Game 1 on record (since 2007) and a 43% increase (0.7 overnight) from 2014 WCWS Championship Finals Game 1 which saw Florida defeat Alabama.

The Women’s College World Series Championship Finals continues Tuesday, June 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN with Game 2.  If Michigan wins Game 2, a decisive Game 3 will be played on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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