The 2013-2014 WNBA season is off to a pretty strong start. This weekend’s double header saw the Washington Mystics taking on the Tulsa Shock and the Chicago Sky facing off against the Phoenix Mercury. The double header pulled in a 0.3 household coverage rating and averaged 366,000 viewers (P2+), including the most viewed regular season game on ESPN2 in nine years. The pair of games featured the top four teams from this year’s WNBA draft presented by State Farm. It included ESPNs “3 to See” trio of Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa) and Brittney Griner (Phoenix). ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will focus on the “3 to See” throughout the WNBA season. This includes coverage online at ESPN.com and espnW.com.
The broadcast of the Mystics/Shock Memorial Day 3pm broadcast earned a 0.3 rating with 314,000 viewers. The 5pm game featuring the Sky and Mercury pulled a 0.4 rating with 455,000 viewers. It was the most viewed game on ESPN2 since the Phoenix took on New York on July 11th, 2004. That game pulled in a 0.5 rating with 487,000 viewers.
The 2012 WNBA regular season on ESPN2 averaged a 0.2 household coverage rating. Coverage of the 2013 WNBA season returns Saturday, June 8th at 3:30pm with a matchup of the Phoenix Mercury and the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever. The game is the first of the 2013 WNBA regular season. It will air on ABC.
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