ESPN LSU Iowa ratings Apr 1, 2024; Albany, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) controls the ball against LSU Lady Tigers guard Last-Tear Poa (13) in the fourth quarter in the finals of the Albany Regional in the 2024 NCAA Tournament at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The ratings are in for Monday night’s epic LSU-Iowa Elite Eight game. Even the most optimistic may have been surprised by the massive audience the highly-anticipated game pulled in.

ESPN PR revealed on Tuesday evening that the LSU-Iowa Elite Eight game averaged a whopping 12.3 million viewers. It became the most-watched women’s college basketball game on record, surpassing the 1983 NCAA Championship game won by the legendary Cheryl Miller.

The National Championship rematch shattered viewership records and provided a seminal moment for the game as its growth continues to rise exponentially.

With everybody watching Monday night, everybody then proceeded to react to the massive number.

Reactions continued on from other notable people.

One ESPN writer contextualized everything, bringing up that the game scored higher than nearly all of the NBA Finals games.

“If you build it, they will come!!!!” ESPN’s Holly Rowe exclaimed. And she’s right.

Rachel Bachman pointed out this number drew higher than last year’s National Championship Game, which aired on over-the-air ABC. This game aired on cable on Monday night. This is a big, big deal for this situation.

It’s clear that everyone is buzzing over this monster number and enjoying the success of women’s college basketball. It’s been a long time coming, but the women’s game has exploded and is getting serious attention from all over. It’s all deserved, which makes it all the more awesome.


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