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ESPN’s college softball coverage saw double-digit viewership growth throughout the season scoring its most-watched Women’s College World Series production since 2015, most-viewed Super Regionals since 2008 and best regular season since 2016. 

ESPN’s coverage of this year’s 15-game Women’s College World Series tournament (May 30 – June 4) averaged one million viewers, up 20% year-over-year. The two-game championship series (June 3-4) between the UCLA Bruins and Oklahoma Sooners averaged 1,574,000 viewers, up 13% year over year. The Bruins' championship clinching game-two win averaged 1,799,000 viewers, up 17% year-over-year. Game one of the championship series averaged 134,000,000 viewers, up 7% year-over-year.

The three games on Semifinals Sunday (June 2) averaged 1,340,000 viewers, up 43% over last year’s similar three-game slate, resulting in the most-watched Semifinal Sunday since 2015. The entire 13-game, round robin (May 30-June2) averaged 962,000 viewers, up 23% year-over-year. Six of the early round games averaged one million viewers or more:

Date 

Game 

Network 

Viewers 

Sun, June 2 

Alabama vs. Oklahoma 

Semifinal Sunday, Game 1

ESPN/ESPN2

1,430,000

Sun, June 2

Oklahoma vs. Alabama 

Semifinal Sunday, Game 2

ESPN2 

1,346,000

Sun, June 2

Washington vs. UCLA

ESPN

1,276,000

Sat, June 1

Oklahoma State vs. Washington 

ESPN

1,261,000

Fri, May 31 

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

ESPN

1,058,000

Sat, Jun 1

Florida vs. Alabama 

ESPN

1,042,000

Super Regional coverage (May 23-26) averaged 510,000 viewers across 19 games, the most-watched Super Regional round since 2008, and up 36% year over year. Regular season games on ESPN’s Nielsen rated networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) were up 40% this season, with the 28 games on ESPN/ESPN2 (up from 23 last year) averaging 266,000 viewers per game.

Viewership for the ACC and SEC Conference Championship Games (May 11) was up significantly year-over-year and each saw its largest audiences since 2016:

SEC Championship: Averaged 549,000 viewers, up 130% year-over year

SEC Semifinals: Averaged 280,000 viewers, up 177% year-over-year

ACC Championship: Averaged 480,000 viewers; up 41% year-over-year

-- Courtesy of Kimberly Elchlepp, ESPN

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