Record-Breaking Women’s Basketball Match: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. LSU Tigers in Elite Eight Round of 2024 NCAA Tournament.

Iowa-LSU women’s NCAA basketball game breaks television ratings record

The highly anticipated match between Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Angel Reese of the LSU Tigers took place in the Elite Eight round of the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The game was held at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York. More than 12 million viewers tuned in to watch the game, setting an all-time ratings record for a women’s college basketball game on ESPN. The audience peaked at 16.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched college basketball game ever on ESPN platforms.

This rematch was a significant moment for both teams and players, with Clark leading Iowa to a thrilling victory over LSU with a score of 94-87. Reese expressed her joy at being part of history and raising the profile of women’s sports following her team’s loss. The average women’s NCAA tournament game rating has increased by 127% compared to the 2023 tournament. This growth is attributed to ESPN’s commitment to promoting gender equality in sports and its efforts to attract new audiences.

The Elite Eight game was also notable for breaking records in terms of viewership, becoming the highest rated basketball game since the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Both teams will now advance to different regions for their next matchups: Iowa will face Connecticut in Cleveland on Friday at 9:30 p.m ET on ESPN, while South Carolina will take on NC State at 7 p.m., creating excitement among fans and experts alike as they anticipate who will emerge as this year’s champions

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