June 6, 2013
BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN's exclusive coverage of the Women's College World Series (WCWS) ended with a national championship title for Oklahoma over Tennessee and record-breaking metered market ratings in both home towns. Knoxville delivered the highest metered market rating for any WCWS telecast on ESPN2 since 2007 (which is the year records started being recorded), averaging an 11.9 rating for Game 1 of the Finals on Monday night. The record, a 15.3 metered market rating, is also held by Knoxville when Tennessee faced Arizona in the Finals in 2007.
Approximately 1.2 million viewers around the nation tuned in for the 12-inning Oklahoma victory in Game 1 on ESPN2 and 1,315,000 for Game 2 on ESPN.
In addition, Game 1 and Game 2 set local Oklahoma City records for ESPN2 and ESPN, respectively. The telecasts averaged a 6.6 metered market rating for Game 1 and a 6.7 for Game 2 in Oklahoma City - the highest ratings for WCWS games in Oklahoma ever on either network. Game 2 in Knoxville averaged a 7.8.