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WNBA draft attracts 2.45M viewers, crushing report

McAfee enthusiastic for WNBA’s future with Caitlin Clark (1:25) Pat McAfee explains why Caitlin Clark getting drafted to the WNBA is good for the game and the city of Indianapolis. (1:25) ESPN News Services Apr 16, 2024, 07:19 PM ET The Caitlin Clark experience delivered another television milestone as ESPN’s coverage of the WNBA draft

WNBA draft attracts 2.45M viewers, crushing report

McAfee enthusiastic for WNBA’s future with Caitlin Clark (1:25)

Pat McAfee explains why Caitlin Clark getting drafted to the WNBA is nice for the sport and the town of Indianapolis. (1:25)

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Apr 16, 2024, 07:19 PM ET

The Caitlin Clark expertise delivered one other tv milestone as ESPN’s protection of the WNBA draft on Monday evening averaged a report 2.45 million viewers.

Viewership peaked at 3.09 million, ESPN mentioned in a launch Tuesday.

The viewers was greater than 4 instances as many viewers when in comparison with the 2023 draft, which drew 572,000. The earlier draft report was 601,000 in 2004, when UConn‘s Diana Taurasi went No. 1 total.

Monday’s viewership was the best for any WNBA telecast since 2000, when NBC averaged 2.74 million viewers for a Memorial Day contest between the New York Liberty and now-defunct Houston Comets.

The rationale for such a excessive viewers on Monday was Clark, a generational participant from Iowa who has introduced hundreds of recent followers to the game.

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Clark and Iowa performed in opposition to South Carolina on this yr’s ladies’s NCAA championship sport, and the telecast on ESPN averaged a record 18.7 million viewers.

Clark was selected No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever, who will have peak visibility this WNBA season, with 36 of their 40 video games featured by the league’s nationwide broadcast and streaming companions.

Data from ESPN’s Michael Voepel and Sports activities Media Watch was included on this report.

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