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WNBA Opening Game Delivers Strong Ratings


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ABC’s presentation of the Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury on May 25th, delivered a 0.5 overnight rating according to Nielsen (excluding Chicago market).

The ratings made it the highest-rated WNBA opening game on ESPN networks since the 2012 match-up between the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx (0.8, ABC).

This year’s season opener was up 25% compared to last year’s regular-season opener (0.4, ESPN2).

The top markets included: Seattle (1.5), Louisville (1.2), Nashville (1.1), Birmingham and Cleveland (0.9).

ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 WNBA season will continue Friday, May 31st, with Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury at 10pm ET on ESPN2.