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WNBA Tip-Off Delivers Highest-Rated Opening Game Since 2012, up 25% Compared to Last Year

May 28, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) News Release

ABC's presentation of the Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, May 25, delivered a 0.5 overnight rating according to Nielsen (excluding Chicago market), making it the highest-rated WNBA opening game on ESPN networks since the 2012 matchup 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 31, with Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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