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Iowa-UConn girls’s Ultimate 4 match was most-watched hoops sport in ESPN historical past; 14.2M avg. viewers

Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Iowa’s 71-69 victory over UConn at the women’s Final Four on Friday night averaged 14.2 million viewers on ESPN, making it the most-viewed women’s basketball game on record and the largest audience for an ESPN basketball broadcast. The previous women’s hoops mark was

Iowa-UConn girls’s Ultimate 4 match was most-watched hoops sport in ESPN historical past; 14.2M avg. viewers



 

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Iowa’s 71-69 victory over UConn on the girls’s Final Four on Friday evening averaged 14.2 million viewers on ESPN, making it the most-viewed girls’s basketball sport on document and the biggest viewers for an ESPN basketball broadcast.

The earlier girls’s hoops mark was 12.3 million for final Monday’s Iowa-LSU sport within the Elite Eight. Sport 7 of the 2018 Japanese Convention finals between Cleveland and Boston was ESPN’s most-watched basketball sport at 13.51 million.

That additionally makes it one of many most-viewed video games in any sport aside from faculty soccer and the NFL over the previous couple years. Final yr’s NCAA males’s title sport between San Diego State and UConn averaged 14.79 million.

The Hawkeyes sport, which noticed the viewers peak at 17 million, will doubtless go down as one of many prime 50 primetime telecasts of 2024. It could have completed thirty second on final yr’s listing.

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It is usually ESPN’s second-highest viewers for a non-football broadcast. The USA-Portugal match throughout group play within the 2014 males’s World Cup averaged 18.22 million.

The final NBA sport to attract at the very least 14 million was Golden State’s title-clinching victory over Boston in Sport 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals (14.22 million).

Clark’s 5 March Madness video games on ESPN and ABC have averaged 8.3 million. Iowa will face South Carolina for the nationwide championship Sunday afternoon on ABC.

South Carolina’s 78-59 victory over North Carolina State averaged 7.1 million viewers, making it the third most-watched girls’s nationwide semifinal since data began being stored in 1992.

The earlier document for the most-viewed semifinal was Stanford vs. Virginia on CBS in 1992 (8.1 million).

Friday’s two video games averaged 10.8 million viewers, a 138% enhance over final yr.

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AP March Insanity bracket: https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-womens-bracket/ and protection: https://apnews.com/hub/march-madness

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