Big Viewership for 2017 Women’s College World Series

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson recap the 2017 Women’s College World Series and the Sooner going back 2 back national championship defeating the Florida Gators in a classic Championship series.

According to ESPN,  The  Sooners’ two-game sweep of the Florida Gators averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1,720,000 viewers, the most-watched sweep in Women’s College World Series Finals history.  The Sooner-Gators’ two games in the best-of-three format was up 33% from 2014 which was Florida against Alabama and was last time the WCWS Finals failed to go to a decisive third game.  This year’s two-game average was also up 33% over last season’s WCWS Finals first two games (June between Oklahoma and Auburn. The Sooners won the series in three games.

ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage – televised in its entirety by ESPN for the 18th straight year – averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games (June 1-6), up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals)

ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games , up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals) highlighted by Oklahoma vs. Oregon game (June 4 on ESPN) had a total live audience of 1,249,000 viewers, which is a a top 3 most viewed early-round WCWS game ever.

Here is The Top Five markets for Women College World Series

Rank Rating Market
1. 3.9 Tulsa
2. 3.6 Oklahoma City
3. 2.1 Birmingham
4. 1.9 New Orleans
5. 1.5 Dayton
 5.  1.5 Orlando

ESPN televised every game of the Super Regionals (21 games) from May 26-28, averaging 477,000 viewers for just its TV audience, up 34% from last year’s entire presentation (19 games).  The  regional round games that were televised on ESPN had an average of 301,000 viewers a game.

Here is numbers courtesy of ShowBuzzDaily.com

Thursday June 1 

Texas AM vs Florida  354,000 viewers on ESPN

LSU vs UCLA  447,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs UCLA  571,000 Viewers on ESPN2 

Baylor vs Oklahoma  501,000 viewers on ESPN2

Friday June 2

Florida vs LSU  866,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs Oklahoma 863,000 viewers on ESPN

Saturday June 3 

UCLA vs Texas AM 693,000 viewers on ESPN

Baylor vs Oregon 767,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs UCLA 953,000 viewers on ESPN

Oregon vs LSU  950,000 viewers on ESPN

Sunday June 4 

Washington vs Florida 949,000 viewers on ESPN

Oregon vs Oklahoma 1,231,000 viewers on ESPN

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson recap the 2017 Women’s College World Series and the Sooner going back 2 back national championship defeating the Florida Gators in a classic Championship series. They also discussed the controversy with the umpiring at Oklahoma City and also talk with Sooner fan “Sooner Sean” about legacy of Patty Gasso and Oklahoma program

In The Circle Women’s College World Series recap Oklahoma Back 2 Back

NCAA Softball Super Regional TV numbers 

Sunday May 28

LSU at Florida State  Game 3 686,000 viewers on ESPN

Texas AM at Tennessee Game 3  699,000 viewers on ESPN

Baylor at Arizona Game 3  694,000 viewers on ESPN2 

Utah at Washington Game 3  564,000 viewers on ESPN2

Saturday May 27

Kentucky at Oregon Game 2- 805,000 viewers on ESPN
Baylor at Arizona Game 2    764,000 viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida Game 3- 745,000 viewers on ESPN

Oklahoma at Auburn Game 1 695,000 viewers on ESPN

LSU at Florida State  Game 2 – 662,000 viewers on ESPN

Texas AM at Tennessee Game 2- 348,000 viewers on ESPN2

Utah at Washington Game 2 – 308,000 viewers on ESPN2

Friday May 26

Ole Miss at UCLA  Game 2 – 571,000 Viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida 547,000 viewers on ESPN

Oklahoma at Auburn 413,000 viewers on ESPN2

Thursday May 25  

Ole Miss at UCLA Game 1- 519,000 viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida Game 1- 552,000 viewers on ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oklahoma Tops TV Viewers for Regional

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

The drama around Oklahoma coming out of loser’s bracket in Norman Regional captivated TV audiences.  The Sooners two games vs North Dakota State provided two of the four most watched regional games of the weekend with Sooners win over North Dakota State on Sunday being the most watched game of the weekend with 637,000 viewers edging out Florida State-Georgia which had 634,000 viewers according to ShowBuzzDaily.com .

Minnesota not getting to host became a national story and viewers followed the Gophers all weekend long.

Saturday’s winner bracket game between Minnesota and Alabama on ESPN was watched by 616,000 viewers according to ShowBuzzDaily.com. Sunday’s game on ESPNU was watched by 505,000 viewers which is most watched Softball game on ESPNU.

Below are some of numbers from some of regional games this weekend.

Sunday May 21, 2017

North Dakota State at Oklahoma 637,000 viewers. 

Georgia at Florida State on ESPN  634,000 Viewers 

Minnesota at Alabama on ESPNU 505,000 Viewers

Wisconsin at Oregon on ESPN2 331,000 viewers

Saturday May 20th

Minnesota at Alabama on ESPN  616,000 viewers

North Dakota State at Oklahoma on ESPN 596,000 viewers

Oklahoma vs Arkansas on ESPN 2  570,000  viewers

ESPN’s Softball Bases Loaded on ESPN2 457,000 vewers

Michigan at Washington on ESPN 448,000  viewers

Wisconsin at Oregon on ESPN 2 373,000 viewers

Oklahoma travels this weekend to take on Auburn in Super Regional. We chatted with radio voice of Auburn Softball Brit Bowen about the matchup as well as the success of SEC Softball and early look on Super Regional Matchup.

In The Circle with Brit Bowen

LSU Has Proven to Be a TV Draw

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LSU’s Beth Torina in her 6th season at LSU

LSU Softball has proven to been very good to ESPN as the Tigers has become the TV draw in College Softball.

Saturday Night’s ESPN National telecast of LSU hosting Missouri was the most watched Softball game of the regular season and most watched regular season Softball telecast in multiple years as the Tigers loss to Missouri garnered 534,000 viewers. It is the most watched non NCAA Tournament Softball game since 2015 SEC Championship Game when Auburn and Tennessee garnered 887,000 viewers.

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Beth Torina – Photo by LSUSports.Net

It continues the trend that if LSU is involved, Softball fans are tuning in. LSU has been involved in the most watched Softball telecasts for the last few years.

In 2016, LSU was involved in three of the top five most watched non NCAA Tournament Softball telecasts including the most watched broadcast being the 2016 SEC Tournament game against Auburn.

Last year, LSU Super Regional Game two at James Madison in an early afternoon game was the second most watched Super Regional game behind only Game one between Auburn and Arizona.

In 2015, LSU Regional win over Arizona State was the most watched regional game that year and LSU lost to Michigan in Semi-Final of the Women’s College World Series was the fourth most watched WCWS game ever.

1. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 3 Tennessee vs. Arizona 2,326,000
2.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. Florida 2,273,000
3. 2005 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. UCLA 2,240,000
4.       2015 Game 12 LSU vs. Michigan 1,950,000
5. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 2 Arizona vs. Tennessee 1,919,000
6.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Michigan 1,865,000
7. 2003 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,852,000
8. 2009 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Washington 1,788,000
9.       2015 Game 9 UCLA vs. Auburn 1,612,000
10. 2004 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,593,000

Some if it is good games against good opponent  as well as success LSU has had over the last few years. But there no denying that the numbers show that LSU Softball is very popular nationally and its not an accident ESPN puts them in these marquee TV slots. They have the numbers and they see the trends.

 

Softball Beats Baseball in TV Ratings

Once again College Softball defeated College Baseball this past weekend for most viewers. ESPN2s broadcast of Oregon vs UCLA on Sunday was the most watched College Softball game of the weekend edging out the LSU-Alabama game that aired right before it on Sunday. Oregon-UCLA had 171,000 viewers compared to 161,000 LSU-Alabama game.

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Oregon’s Mike White

Both Softball games scored higher then ESPN2’s College Baseball telecast on Saturday between South Carolina and Vanderbilt which garnered 146,000 viewers.

On April 1st College Softball and Baseball went directly head to head at same time with April 1  Auburn vs Georgia garnering 250,000 viewers on defeating College Baseball game between  Texas AM and LSU on ESPN2 which had 171,000.

Date Time Game Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. Missouri at Florida
ESPNU

105K

  1 p.m. South Carolina at  Tennessee  SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at  Texas A&M  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m.  LSU at  Auburn
SEC Network
March 12 1 p.m. South Carolina at  Tennessee
SEC Network
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M
SEC Network
  5 p.m.  LSU at Auburn
SEC Network
  6 p.m. Missouri at Florida
ESPNU

99K

March 13 7 p.m.  Missouri at Florida
SEC Network
March 17 6 p.m. Southern at Mississippi Valley State ESPNU

22k

March 18 Noon.  Kentucky at  Georgia SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m.  Kentucky at  Georgia  SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m.  Kentucky at  Georgia SEC Network
March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at  Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6 p.m.  Ole Miss at  Tennessee SEC Network
  6 p.m.  Auburn at Florida ESPN2

175K

March 26 1 p.m. Missouri at  Texas A&M ESPNU

65k

  7 p.m.  Auburn at Florida ESPN2

226K

March 27 7 p.m.  Auburn at  Florida SEC Network
March 29 7 p.m. Oklahoma State at Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4 p.m.  Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU

93k

  4 p.m.  Alabama at Missouri  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Georgia  ESPN

250K

April 2 2 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Auburn at  Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m.  Kentucky at  Ole Miss SEC Network
  2 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU

85K

  7 p.m.  Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7 p.m.  Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. Notre Dame at  Louisville ESPNU

38k

April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m.  Ole Miss at  Auburn ESPNU

81k

  9 p.m.  LSU at  Alabama  SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m.  LSU at Alabama  ESPN2

161K

  5:00 p.m.  Oregon at UCLA  ESPNU

171K 

  7 p.m.  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
April 10 7 p.m.  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
April 12 7 p.m.  Florida State at  Florida SEC Network
April 13 6 p.m. South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6 p.m. Texas A&M at  Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6 p.m.  Alabama at Tennessee SEC Network
April 16 3 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN
  7 p.m.  Alabama at  Tennessee SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m.  Alabama at  Tennessee SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m.  Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2
  5 p.m.  Oregon at  Arizona ESPN2
  6 p.m.  Georgia at  Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at  Florida SEC Network
  Noon  Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1 p.m.  Baylor at  Oklahoma ESPN2
  2 p.m. Tennessee at  LSU SEC Network
  3 p.m.  Oregon at  Arizona  ESPN2
  7 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7 p.m.  Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3 p.m. Texas A&M at  Kentucky SEC Network
  8:p.m. Missouri  at LSU ESPN2
April 30 1 p.m.  Florida at  Tennessee ESPN2
  3 p.m. Missouri at  LSU ESPN2
  6 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 1 7 p.m.  Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5 p.m.  Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6 p.m. LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:30 p.m.  Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  9 p.m.  Arizona at UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1 p.m.  Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  2 p.m.  Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4  p.m.  Arizona  at UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
  8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN

*Air time later than game time

ESPN’s 1st Softball telecast up from 2016

ESPN begins Softball season with games on SEC Network but the first Softball telecast on ESPN channels took place on ESPNU between Missouri and Florida. The Gators two wins over Tigers on March 11 and March 12 averaged 102,000 viewers which is up from last year’s first ESPNU telecast which took place between Florida and Tennessee which had 74,000 viewers.timwalton-300x1861

Below is ESPN entire TV Schedule for 2017.

 

ESPN’s 2017 College Softball Television Schedule

Date Time Game Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. Missouri at Florida
ESPNU

105K

  1 p.m. South Carolina at  Tennessee  SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at  Texas A&M  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m.  LSU at  Auburn
SEC Network
March 12 1 p.m. South Carolina at  Tennessee
SEC Network
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M
SEC Network
  5 p.m.  LSU at Auburn
SEC Network
  6 p.m. Missouri at Florida
ESPNU

99K

March 13 7 p.m.  Missouri at Florida
SEC Network
March 17 6 p.m. Southern at Mississippi Valley State ESPNU

22k

March 18 Noon.  Kentucky at  Georgia SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m.  Kentucky at  Georgia  SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m.  Kentucky at  Georgia SEC Network
March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at  Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6 p.m.  Ole Miss at  Tennessee SEC Network
  6 p.m.  Auburn at Florida ESPN2
March 26 1 p.m. Missouri at  Texas A&M ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Florida ESPN2
March 27 7 p.m.  Auburn at  Florida SEC Network
March 29 7 p.m. Oklahoma State at Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4 p.m.  Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU
  4 p.m.  Alabama at Missouri  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Georgia  ESPN
April 2 2 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Auburn at  Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m.  Kentucky at  Ole Miss SEC Network
  2 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7 p.m.  Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. Notre Dame at  Louisville ESPNU
April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m.  Ole Miss at  Auburn ESPNU
  9 p.m.  LSU at  Alabama  SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m.  LSU at Alabama  ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.  Oregon at UCLA  ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
April 10 7 p.m.  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
April 12 7 p.m.  Florida State at  Florida SEC Network
April 13 6 p.m. South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6 p.m. Texas A&M at  Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6 p.m.  Alabama at Tennessee SEC Network
April 16 3 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN
  7 p.m.  Alabama at  Tennessee SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m.  Alabama at  Tennessee SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m.  Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2
  5 p.m.  Oregon at  Arizona ESPN2
  6 p.m.  Georgia at  Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at  Florida SEC Network
  Noon  Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1 p.m.  Baylor at  Oklahoma ESPN2
  2 p.m. Tennessee at  LSU SEC Network
  3 p.m.  Oregon at  Arizona  ESPN2
  7 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7 p.m.  Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3 p.m. Texas A&M at  Kentucky SEC Network
  8:p.m. Missouri  at LSU ESPN2
April 30 1 p.m.  Florida at  Tennessee ESPN2
  3 p.m. Missouri at  LSU ESPN2
  6 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 1 7 p.m.  Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5 p.m.  Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6 p.m. LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:30 p.m.  Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  9 p.m.  Arizona at UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1 p.m.  Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  2 p.m.  Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4  p.m.  Arizona  at UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
  8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN

*Air time later than game time

Auburn vs Oklahoma Game 3 Led Cable Sports Ratings

Game 3 between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners was the most watched Sports program on Cable Television on Wednesday night. The Sooners 2-1 win over the Tigers was watched by 1,476,000 million viewers Wednesday Night crushing head to head the Copa American Soccer game between Brazil and Haiti (643,000) according to SportsTVRatings.com dm_160608_espnw_oklahoma_auburn

Game 3 was slightly up from Game two when Auburn coming back from 7-0 deficit to win  11-7 in 8 innings garnered 1.43 million viewers which was just slightly edge out by United States win over Costa Rica in Copa America (1.453 million).

Overall the three game series between Auburn and Oklahoma averaged 1.3123 million viewers as Game one between the Sooners and Tigers drew 1.031 million viewers on Monday night. This year’s Women’s College World Series Championship Series viewers is down from last year’s Championship Series between Florida and Michigan which averaged 1.85 million viewers.  Keep in mind though this year Championship Series had much more competition compared to last year. Game 3 went up against Game 3 of NBA Finals coverage on Wednesday. Game one went up against Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals. Game Two went up against the United States playing in Copa America. smithmendozamowins

Also last year Championship Series had Michigan in Championship who is one of the top TV draws in College Softball as shown on Sunday afternoon when the Wolverine’s  elimation loss to Florida State had 976,000 viewers which was the most watched Non Championship Series Women’s College World Series game.  Below is the numbers of all the Women’s College World Series.

Sunday June 5, 2016  TV Viewers.  

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

Michigan vs Florida State  976,000  on ESPN

Florida State vs Auburn    779,000 on ESPN2

Georgia vs LSU    581,000 on ESPN2

Oklahoma vs LSU 576,000 on ESPN2

Saturday June 4, 2016

LSU vs Alabama 831,000 on ESPN

Oklahoma vs Michigan 732,000 on ESPN2

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Michigan’s Carol Hutchens

UCLA vs Florida State 705,000 on ESPN

Auburn vs Georgia  621,000 on ESPN2

Friday June 3, 2016

LSU vs Michigan 719,000 on ESPN2

Alabama vs Oklahoma 602,000 on ESPN2

Thursday’s Auburn Tigers 10-3 win over UCLA was the most watched Women’s College World Series game on Thursday. Keep in mind the primetime games between Alabama  versus Oklahoma and LSU versus Michigan were rained out.  Auburn versus UCLA had 474,000 viewersaccording to SportsTVRatings.com. Auburn-UCLA is down from last year’s game at same time slot between Auburn and LSU which garnered 562,000 viewers.

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The twenty seven innings of Alabama-Oklahoma had 458,000 viewers. Georgia’s win over Florida State  garnered 334,000 viewers which significantly down from last year’s Florida- Tennessee game in the same time slot which had 546,000 viewers.

Last year’s Auburn-LSU game was a week earlier on May 28, 2015. LSU-Auburn was the second most watched game at the WCWS last year on Thursday with  Alabama-Michigan which was in primetime last year had over 1 million viewers was number one. UCLA last year played the late game against Oregon which garnered 317,000 viewers.

Its worth noting that last year, Opening day of the Women’s College World Series did not go up against the NBA Finals which dominated the television coverage all day on Thursday. The Women’s College World Series did have better viewers then the X-Games which aired on ESPN and drew 317,000 viewers in primetime.

UCLA-Auburn Leads WCWS Viewers Thursday

 

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Thursday’s Auburn Tigers 10-3 win over UCLA was the most watched Women’s College World Series game on Thursday. Keep in mind the primetime games between Alabama  versus Oklahoma and LSU versus Michigan were rained out.  Auburn versus UCLA had 474,000 viewersaccording to SportsTVRatings.com. Auburn-UCLA is down from last year’s game at same time slot between Auburn and LSU which garnered 562,000 viewers.scarborough

The twenty seven innings of Alabama-Oklahoma had 458,000 viewers. Georgia’s win over Florida State  garnered 334,000 viewers which significantly down from last year’s Florida- Tennessee game in the same time slot which had 546,000 viewers.

Last year’s Auburn-LSU game was a week earlier on May 28, 2015. LSU-Auburn was the second most watched game at the WCWS last year on Thursday with  Alabama-Michigan which was in primetime last year had over 1 million viewers was number one. UCLA last year played the late game against Oregon which garnered 317,000 viewers.

Its worth noting that last year, Opening day of the Women’s College World Series did not go up against the NBA Finals which dominated the television coverage all day on Thursday. The Women’s College World Series did have better viewers then the X-Games which aired on ESPN and drew 317,000 viewers in primetime.

 

Arizona-Auburn Lead Super Regional Ratings

Game two of Arizona-Auburn Super Regionals was the most watched Super Regional game of the week. The Tigers win in Game two over Arizona on ESPN Sunday was seen by 654,000 viewers. It edge out Game two between LSU and James Madison on Saturday which aired on ESPN had 637,000. Both Game three’s of the series were pushed to ESPNU which saw a drop in viewers with Auburn-Arizona Game three garnering only 306,000 viewers while LSU-JMU Game 3 was seen on ESPNU by 153,000. Arizona- Auburn Game Three was the most viewed Super Regional Game that aired on ESPNU.

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LSU advances to WCWS with win over JMU

Sunday ESPN had scheduled MLS game between Orlando City and New York City FC which caused the Auburn-Arizona Game three to be moved to ESPNU. You do have to wonder if ESPN though should reconsider moving Game 3’s to lesser channel in the future.

Game Two between Washington and Alabama had 630,000 viewers on Saturday. The game also aired on ESPN.  Game Two between UCLA and Oregon was the most watched Super Regional game that aired on ESPN2 with 408,000 viewers on Sunday.

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Patrick Murphy’s Alabama Back to WCWS

Below is breakdown of all the TV numbers for every Super Regional Game.

Thursday May 26, 2016

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Louisiana Lafayette at Oklahoma  (Game 1)  377,000 viewers

Georgia at Florida                               (Game 1) 336,000 viewers

Friday May 27, 2016

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Washington at Alabama ( Game 1)             364,000 viewers

Georgia at Florida  (Game 2)                           230,000 viewers

ESPNU

Louisiana Lafayette at Oklahoma (Game 2)   198,000 vewers

LSU at James Madison (Game 1)                         189,000 viewers

Utah at Florida State ( Game 1)                           118,000 viewers

Saturday May 28, 2016 

ESPN

LSU at James Madison ( Game 2)                  637,000

Washington at Alabama ( Game 2)              630,000

UCLA at Oregon ( Game 1)                              447,000

Missouri at Michigan ( Game 1)                   427,000

ESPN2

Arizona at Auburn ( Game 1)                        366,000

Utah at Florida State ( Game 2)                    189,000

ESPNU 

LSU at James Madison ( Game 3)                 153,000

Sunday May 29, 2016

Arizona at Auburn ( Game 2)                 654,000

Missouri at Michigan ( Game 2)           599,000

ESPN2

UCLA at Oregon ( Game 2)                    408,000

UCLA at Oregon ( Game 3)                     303,000

ESPNU

Arizona at Auburn ( Game 3)                306,000

 

 

NCAA Regionals Recap

On this edition of In The Circle  Podcast, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson recap the Regionals and look ahead to the Super Regionals.

In the Circle Podcast : Regionals Recap and Super Regional Outlook

Below is a breakdown of the TV Viewers for the NCAA Regionals that were shown this weekend on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU.

Sunday- May 22 –  Ohio State at Tennessee  796,000 on ESPN

                                      California at Alabama  689,000 on ESPN

                                      Texas A&M at Louisiana Lafayette  396,000 on ESPNU

Saturday May 21-  Louisiana Lafayette vs Texas 518,000 on ESPN

                                     Ole Miss at Oklahoma  474,000 on ESPN

                                       Baylor at Oregon  374,000 on ESPN

                                        Ole Miss vs Wichita State 358,000 on ESPN2

                                         Texas vs Texas AM   313,000 on  ESPN2

                                           Arizona vs Tennessee 298,000 on ESPN2

                                            Baylor vs Long Beach State 277,000 on ESPN2

                                           UCF at Florida  246,000 viewers on ESPN2

 Friday May 20-  Wichita State at Oklahoma  436,000  on ESPN

                                           Nebraska vs BYU  345,000 on ESPN

                                            Fordham at Oregon  242,000 on ESPN2

                                            Texas vs Texas AM  198,000 on ESPN2

                                            Boston U at Louisiana Lafayette 194,000 on ESPN2

                                             Long Beach State vs Baylor 182,000 on ESPN2

                                              Nebraska vs Missouri 147,000 on ESPNU

                                               Ohio State vs Arizona  114,000 on ESPNU

                                                USC UpState vs Oregon State 103,000 on ESPNU

                                                 Tulsa vs Ole Miss 85,000 on ESPNU

 Thursday May 19- BYU vs Missouri 250,000 on ESPN2

                                                        Louisville vs BYU 189,000 on ESPN2

 

Here is Super Regional Schedule.

Gainesville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 26 7 p.m. No. 16 Georgia at No. 1 Florida
Trey Bender, Jennie Ritter
ESPN2
Fri, May 27 5 p.m. No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Georgia ESPN2
Fri, May 27 8 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Norman Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 26 9 p.m. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 3 Oklahoma
 Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN2
Fri, May 27 7 p.m. No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN2
Fri, May 27 10 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Harrisonburg Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 27 3 p.m. No. 10 LSU at No. 7 James Madison
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
ESPNU
Sat, May 28 Noon No. 7James Madison vs. No. 10 LSU ESPN
Sat, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Tuscaloosa Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 27 9 p.m. No. 11 Washington at No. 6 Alabama
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza
ESPN2
Sat, May 28 5:30 p.m. No. 6 Alabama vs. No. 11 Washington  ESPN
Sat, May 28 8:30 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN2


Tallahassee Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 27 5 p.m. Utah at No. 8 Florida State
Cara Capuano, Leah Amico
ESPNU
Sat, May 28 4:30 p.m. No. 8 Florida State vs. Utah ESPN2
Sat, May 28 7:30 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN


Ann Arbor Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 28 3 p.m. No. 15 Missouri at No. 2 Michigan
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN
Sun, May 29 Noon No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Missouri  ESPN
Sun, May 29 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Auburn Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 28 6:30 p.m. Arizona at No. 4 Auburn
Tiffany Greene, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPN2
Sun, May 29 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn vs. Arizona   ESPN
Sun, May 29 5 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Eugene Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 28 9:30 p.m. No. 12 UCLA at No. 5 Oregon
Mark Neely, Danielle Lawrie
ESPN
Sun, May 29 7 p.m. No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 12 UCLA   ESPNU
Sun, May 29 10 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

Networks and schedule are subject to change

 

 

 

 

                                            

LSU-Auburn Tops Viewers for Season

The SEC Championship game between LSU and Auburn was the most watched College Softball game of the season to date. The Auburn Tigers win over LSU garnered 587,000 viewers on Saturday on ESPN according to SportsTVRatings.com . It beat the Georgia-Alabama game on May 7th which had 505,000 viewers on ESPN.

This year SEC Title game is down from last year’s SEC Title game between Auburn and Tennessee had 887,000 viewers. Keep in mind though that last year’s SEC title game aired on primetime compared to this year’s 5pm eastern start time.

The ACC Championship game between Notre Dame and Florida State that aired before the SEC Championship game on ESPN had 486,000 viewers making it the most watched ACC Softball championship game ever as it was up from last year’s ACC Title game between Florida State and Pittsburgh which had 453,000 viewers. The American Conference Championship game between South Florida and Tulsa which aired on ESPN had 484,000 viewers. It was the first time the American Conference Championship game aired on ESPN and did not go up against a Softball game.

Last year Championship game between Tulsa and UCF aired on ESPN2 went head to head against the ACC Championship game at the same time. In 2014 The American Conference Tournament  was effected by rain so it aired Semi-final game between UCF and Rutgers from Houston on ESPN2 that went up against a regular season Big 12 Softball game.

The Big East Championship game between St John’s and Butler had  tough competition going up against ACC and SEC title games on a lesser network airing on Fox Sports 2. The game garnered 24,000 viewers which did triple last year’s Big East Title game between St John’s and Seton Hall which had 8,000 viewers.

The NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night that aired on ESPNU garnered 109,000 viewers.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Softball Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU-  74K
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU-44K
March 26 Noon  Florida at  LSU ESPN2-250K
  9 p.m.  Texas at  Baylor ESPN2-164K
April 2 Noon  Alabama at  Florida ESPN2-298k
  12pm

10:30 p.m.

Tennessee at MissouriUCLA at  Oregon ESPNU-101kESPNU- 99K
April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU- 91k
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU- 67K
April 9 Noon  Texas A&M at  Tennessee ESPNU- 135k
  5:30 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU-89k
  3 p.m.  Kentucky at LSU ESPN – 392k
  7:30 p.m.  Georgia at  Missouri ESPNU-163K
April 10 3 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Baylor ESPN2- 208K
  4 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU- 73k
April 16 1 p.m.3pm  Tennessee at  GeorgiaTexas at Oklahoma ESPN 2-207kESPN2-219K
 April 17 12 p.m.  Missouri at Kentucky ESPNU- 163k
April 23 2 p.m.430pm  Georgia at  AuburnTexas AM at Missouri ESPNU-75KESPNU-112K
  2 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Tennessee ESPN- 311K
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2-182k
April 24 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU-70K
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2-166k
April 25 7 p.m.  Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU-88K
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU-45k
  10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*-34K
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU-41K
April 30 7 p.m.  LSU at Arkansas ESPNU- 148K
  8 p.m.  Auburn at  Tennessee ESPN2-Rain Out
May 1 3 p.m.  Arizona at  Oregon ESPN2- 183K
  5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU-124k
 
May 7 Noon  Georgia at  Alabama ESPN- 505k
  1 p.m.  Texas A&M at  Auburn ESPN- 418K
  1pm

3 p.m.

Arkansas at Florida 

South Carolina at  Missouri

ESPNU- 73K

ESPNU-58K

May 13 12pm

3 p.m.

Auburn vs Alabama

LSU vs Tennessee

ESPNU- 81K

ESPNU- 148K

  5:30 p.m. Auburn vs Florida  ESPNU- 183K
May 14 Noon Tulsa vs South Florida ESPN- 484K
  2 p.m. Notre Dame vs Florida State ESPN- 486K
  5 p.m. LSU vs Auburn ESPN- 587K
May 14 3pm Butler vs St John’s  FS2- 24k