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Lynx-Sparks Championship Thriller – ESPN/ABC’s Fifth Most-Viewed WNBA Playoff Game Ever

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Five-Game Series is Third Most-Viewed in ESPN History

The Minnesota Lynx won their fourth WNBA Championship last night and the ESPN audience (including most of the streaming audience) – an average of 902,000 viewers (P2+) – is the fifth most all time among the 230 WNBA playoff games ESPN/ESPN2/ABC have aired since the league was born in 1997.  The most-watched playoff game is Game 2 of the 1998 WNBA Finals between the Houston Comets and the Phoenix Mercury – an average of 1,371,000 viewers.

In a rematch of last year’s final won by the Los Angeles Sparks that also went to a fifth and decisive game five, the game went down to the final minute before the Lynx triumphed 85-76.

The series averaged 559,000 viewers across ABC (game), ESPN (two games) and ESPN2 (two games), up 15% over last year and is the third-most viewed final series aired on ESPN networks (ESPN has aired the WNBA Finals exclusively since 2003).  The higher two:  2003 – Detroit/L.A., 842,000 viewers, and 2014 – Chicago/Phoenix, 634,000.

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