Buzzer-Beater WNBA Finals Game 1 Delivers Best Overnight Ever

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Buzzer-Beater WNBA Finals Game 1 Delivers Best Overnight Ever

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.

The top five markets were: Nashville (4.6); Minneapolis (1.9); Birmingham (1.2); Hartford-New Haven (1.3); and Knoxville (1.1). Los Angeles delivered a 0.7 metered market rating.

This year’s Finals feature the top two teams in the league, and Game 1 ended with a buzzer-beater that led to an 85-84 Los Angeles win and a 1-0 lead in the series for the Sparks. The Finals continue Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and streaming live on the ESPN app.

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Tara Chozet

I handle PR for ESPN Radio, espnW, technology, remote operations and soccer. I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and my Master’s degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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