For all of the continued talk that “no one” watches the WNBA, the fact that the ratings for WNBA games continued to go in one direction – up – displays that somebody is watching.
Or, there are simply lots of people out there who are named “no one.”
According to an ESPN press release, the Seattle Storm’s Game 3, where they clinched the 2020 WNBA championship over the Las Vegas Aces, had ratings that were 34% over the 2019 Game 3, That release also stated that the Storm’s championship-clincher had ratings that were 27% higher than the Washington Mystics’ Game 5 last year when they won last year’s championship over the Connecticut Sun.
The rating for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals was up 34% over last year, and the Finals overall were up 15%https://t.co/aITXEgFHtr
— Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) October 8, 2020
— WNBA (@WNBA) October 8, 2020
ESPN’s coverage of Game 3 of the 2020 #WNBA Finals up 34% year-over-year
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 7, 2020
The release states that the ratings, in terms of average raw viewers, had a 15% over last season’s Finals overall and they were 14% over Game 3.
While some of the ratings increase could be due to playing in the enclosed wubble at the IMG Academy in Florida, a 25-35% ratings increase is still a 25-35% ratings increase. Also, its Finals had increasing ratings while championships for other sports (such as the NHL and NBA) suffered ratings decreases.