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Girls’s NCAA championship TV rankings crush the lads’s competitors

An average of about 18.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks triumph over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship on Sunday. Morry Gash/AP hide caption toggle caption Morry Gash/AP An average of about 18.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks triumph over

Girls’s NCAA championship TV rankings crush the lads’s competitors


A median of about 18.7 million viewers tuned in to observe the South Carolina Gamecocks overcome the Iowa Hawkeyes within the 2024 NCAA Girls’s Basketball Nationwide Championship on Sunday.

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A median of about 18.7 million viewers tuned in to observe the South Carolina Gamecocks overcome the Iowa Hawkeyes within the 2024 NCAA Girls’s Basketball Nationwide Championship on Sunday.

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The College of South Carolina wasn’t the one winner of the NCAA girls’s basketball event. The tv networks carrying the sport had been, too – with a record-setting variety of viewers tuning in to observe the championship on Sunday.

The ultimate recreation, between South Carolina’s Gamecocks and the College of Iowa’s Hawkeyes, averaged about 18.7 million viewers and peaked at a whopping 24 million mixed on ESPN and ABC, making it the primary time in historical past {that a} girls’s ultimate has drawn a bigger TV viewers than the lads’s, in response to ESPN.

In distinction, the victory of the lads’s Division 1 UConn Huskies over Purdue averaged 14.82 million on TBS and TNT.

Nevertheless it’s not the one sports activities glass ceiling that was crushed; Sunday’s recreation was additionally the most-watched basketball recreation, both males’s or girls’s and faculty or skilled, since 2019.

Sunday’s title recreation was the third consecutive record-setting night time for tv viewership of the ladies’s faculty event. The Elite Eight matchup between Iowa and LSU — a rematch of the 2023 NCAA championship, drew a then-record 12.3 million viewers, ESPN stated, with a peak viewers of 16.1 million. The following semifinals between Iowa and the College of Connecticut broke that document, attracting 14.2 million TV viewers, ESPN said.

ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro known as the championship faceoff “a becoming finale” to the March Insanity event.

“These distinctive athletes, coaches and groups captured our consideration in unprecedented methods and it is incumbent on all of us to maintain the unimaginable momentum going,” Pitaro stated in a press release.

A brand new era of celebrity athletes has fueled a brand new ardour for girls’s basketball, notably Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, who grew to become the most prolific scorer in NCAA historical past this season.

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Different big attracts this season embrace LSU’s Angel Reese, the NCAA’s record-holder for double-doubles in a season; UConn’s Paige Bueckers, who can be again on the crew subsequent yr for her senior season as a substitute of getting into the 2024 WNBA draft; and the freshman phenom from USC, JuJu Watkins.

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