In an unscientific poll, 54 percent said they’d watch Tuesday’s championship game between unbeatens UConn and Notre Dame. The overall viewership turned out to be the best for ESPN in a decade. Missed it? Well, UConn won a historic ninth title in a 79-58 blowout. Irish coach Muffet McGraw commented it was like playing the Miami Heat sans LeBron James.
Here’s more from ESPN:
Best Women’s College Basketball Rating in a Decade for UConn-Notre Dame
Rating up 40% from 2013; Fourth Largest Audience for the Event in 19 Years on ESPN
Most-Viewed Women’s Event on WatchESPN and Largest Audience for ESPN3 Surround Production
Monday night’s victory by the University of Connecticut over University of Notre Dame in the NCAA Women’s National Championship earned a 2.8 US rating, the highest for any ESPN women’s college basketball game in a decade. The rating for the unprecedented title game battle of unbeatens – a 79-58 victory for UConn’s record ninth national championship – is the highest for the sport since Connecticut’s victory over Tennessee for the 2004 title earned a 3.5.
The highly anticipated matchup averaged 3.21 million households and 4.27 viewers (P2+) – fourth and sixth best, respectively, since ESPN began televising the women’s championship in 1996. In addition, the 2.8 rating represents an increase of 40 percent over a 2.0 a year ago for UConn over Louisville.
In addition, nearly 100,000 fans turned to WatchESPN for the traditional telecast and the special ESPN3 Surround production of the matchup. Those 100,000 thousand fans generated 3,800,000 minutes on the game, both all-time highs for a women’s college basketball game. Additionally, the game generated the most minutes viewed for an ESPN3 Surround production to date.
Among the metered markets, Hartford/New Haven led the way with a 29.3 rating, making it the market’s highest overnight for a program on cable in 2014. Nashville was the second highest-rated market with a 6.8 followed by Knoxville (6.0), Louisville (5.5), Indianapolis (4.8), Raleigh-Durham (4.7), Providence (4.6), New York (4.6), Memphis (4.5) and Greenville (4.5).