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

Record-Setting Women’s Basketball Showdown: Iowa vs LSU in the Elite Eight

The Elite Eight game between Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Angel Reese of the LSU Tigers was a highly anticipated event in the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The game took place at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York, where over 12 million viewers tuned in to watch. With a peak of 16.1 million viewers, it was the most-watched college basketball game ever on ESPN platforms and set an all-time record for a women’s college basketball game on ESPN.

The rematch with LSU was an opportunity for Iowa to avenge its loss in last year’s national championship and advance to its second straight Final Four. Led by Clark’s impressive 41 points, Iowa emerged victorious with a score of 94-87. Fans were thrilled to see the quality of play on display and eagerly awaited the next round.

Following the loss, Angel Reese expressed her joy at being part of history and raising the profile of women’s sports. Despite their defeat, both players were proud to have played such an exciting and closely contested game. The average women’s NCAA tournament game rating increased by 127% compared to the previous year, highlighting how much interest there is in this sport.

ESPN announced that viewership for the Elite Eight game was higher than any basketball game since the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in 2018. Fans can expect more excitement as Iowa faces off against Connecticut in Friday’s match at 9:30 p.m., while South Carolina takes on NC State at 7 p.m., making it a must-watch Final Four showdown!

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