Oklahoma-Texas is the most watched WCWS final

Oklahoma’s fourth straight softball national championship drew the largest crowd yet for the best-of-three championship series.

Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series Finals (Oklahoma-Texas) on Thursday averaged 2.04 million viewers on ESPN, the largest WCWS audience since Oklahoma-Florida State Game 2 in 2021 (2.10 million) and putting it on a second largest in the past nine years.

The Sooners’ title win, which peaked at 2.5 million viewers, ranks fifth all-time among Women’s College World Series games on ESPN (1990-present). Both games from this year’s series were in the top ten.

Viewership increased 9% from last year’s Game 2 (Oklahoma-Florida State: 1.86 million) and 17% from 2022’s same matchup between Oklahoma and Texas (1.74 million). That’s despite the fact that this year’s game aired alongside the NBA Finals, while none of the previous games faced such competition.

The entire two-game WCWS final drew an average of 1.98 million viewers, surpassing the three-game Michigan-Florida series in 2013 (1.91 million) as the most watched under the best-of-three format featured in 2005 started. The number of viewers increased by 22% compared to last year (1.62 million) and 25% from 2022 (1.58 million).

Total WCWS averaged 1.1 million (+2%).

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