WNBA Finals 2023: Record Viewership as Las Vegas Aces end on a high note

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The 2023 WNBA Finals, like the Las Vegas Aces, ended on a high note, boasting record viewership.

Game 4 on Wednesday night was the standout, with an average of 889,000 viewers, making it the most-watched game of this year’s championship and the most-watched Game 4 in WNBA Finals history. This marks a remarkable 124% increase compared to the 2022 Game 4 that featured the Aces and the Connecticut Sun.

As the game approached its thrilling conclusion in the fourth quarter, the viewership peaked at 1.3 million at 10 p.m. ET. Notably, the WNBA Finals faced competition from the ALCS Game 3 between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, drawing 4.6 million viewers, and AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite, which averaged 901,000 viewers.

Before the final game, the 2023 WNBA Finals already had an impressive average of 673,000 viewers through three games, the highest since 2003. Incorporating Wednesday’s viewership, the total surged to 728,000, marking a 36% increase from the 2022 Finals. This successful season has crowned a remarkable year for the WNBA on television , while the Aces became WNBA champions for the second year in a row.

The 2023 regular season WNBA attracted 36 million unique viewers and averaged 505,000 viewers per game, signifying a 27% and 8% increase, respectively, from the previous year. The 2023 Postseason, spanning across ESPN platforms, maintained an average of 470,000 viewers, marking the most-watched postseason in 16 years.

The combination of the WNBA regular season, Playoffs, and Finals averaged 453,900 viewers, marking the most-watched full season on ESPN platforms in 18 years, and representing a 10% increase from 2022.