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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s College World Series Preview

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson talk to Oklahoma Sooners Softball radio voice Chris Plank about the Sooners path getting back to the Women’s College World Series.

Among the topics Plank discussed included

  •  Sooners getting back to Oklahoma City
  •  Up and Downs of 2017
  • Strength of Big 12
  • Oklahoma not being a Top 8 seed.

Also in Podcast Eric and Victor recap the Super Regional as well as give outlook of the Women’s College World Series as well as quick thoughts on D2 and D3 Championships.

In The Circle with Chris Plank 

 

 

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

Jessica Shults Hired to be Houston Asst Coach

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Houston Cougars Head Coach Kristin Vesely  went to her Oklahoma roots to find her hitting coach as Vesely hires former Sooners catcher Jessica Shults to be asst coach.

Schults spent this past season as a Grad -Asst Coach on the Sooners as they won the National Championship. Shults won a National title as a player with the Sooners in 2013.

Shults is the second high profile name that Vesely hired to her staff as she hired former All-American pitcher Megan Gibson-Loftin to be her pitching coach. Sources told me that Shults was highly recommended by Sooners Head Coach Patti Gaso who Vesely played for at Oklahoma.

You can listen to Shults interview with In The Circle from May 31st where she discussed many topics including her coaching desires right here.

Jessica Shults accomplishments at Oklahoma   Shults_OU

– Named to 2013 WCWS All-Tournament Team

– 2012 First Team NFCA All-American,-2013 All-Big 12 Defensive Team

2010 & 2011 NFCA Second Team All-American,

3-time NFCA All-Central Region First Team (2010, 2011 and 2012), 2012

– 2012 All-Big 12 First Team,

-2011 All-Big 12 Second Team

-2010 All-Big 12 First Team

-2010 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team

-Two-time top 50 finalist for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year.

 

Texas Hires Tripp Mackay

The Red River Rivalry  just got  much more interesting with the news on Wednesday as Texas Head Coach Connie Clark hired Tripp Mackay to be her Asst Coach and hitting coach of the Longhorns.

MacKay will be taking over the position previously held by Corrie Hill, who spent the last 11 years overseeing all aspects of the Texas offense while serving as bench coach on Clark’s staff.

MacKay will now be working for Clark after going against her for many years as Mackay served eight seasons as part of Patty Gasso’s coaching staff from 2007-2015 at the University of Oklahoma, where as an assistant, Mackay was responsible for working primarily with OU’s outfielders and offense.

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Tripp Mackay was Oklahoma Asst Coach (2007-2015) helping Sooners win National Title in 2013

Mackay helped the Sooners win the National title in 2013 with an offense that led the country in runs scored per contest (7.8) and slugging percentage (.582), while also rating in the Division I top 10 in batting average (.333), home runs per game (1.54) and doubles per game (1.57). The powerful lineup also established the NCAA single-season record for walks with 348 and set Big 12 season marks for runs scored (476), RBIs (444), slugging and on-base percentage

“Tripp is one of the best coaches in the business,” Clark said in Texas Press Release. “His specialty is with the offense, but he studies every aspect of the game and prepares athletes at an exceptionally elite level. His energy, passion and knowledge shine when he is teaching student-athletes. I wanted an immediate impact guy for our open assistant position and with Coach MacKay, we got that. He will be a tremendous compliment to our coaching staff.”

MacKay currently is working with the newest National Pro Fastpitch expansion team, the Scrap Yard Dawgs. During his time with the organization, he has been in charge of overseeing player and coach development as well as development camps and clinics while currently serving as the team’s co-head coach.

Mackay will have to wait for a return to Norman more then likely until 2018 as the Longhorns are scheduled to host the Sooners in 2017.

WCWS Recap Look Ahead to 2017

On this edition of In the Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson taked Justin Mcleod of Justin’s World about the Women’s College World Series. What were highlights or low lights of the 2016 editioN of the WCWS. Among the topics McLeod discussed with Lopez and Anderson. dm_160608_espnw_oklahoma_auburn

  •  How did Oklahoma win the National Title?
  • Are the Sooners the favorites in 2017?
  • What is next for Auburn?
  • What went wrong for UCLA in WCWS?
  • Whats the future outook for Alabama, Florida State?
  • What does LSU need to take the next step?
  • What went wrong for Michigan?
  • Who are some  favorites in 2017?

In The Circle : Women’s College World Series recap. Early look into 2017

McCleod also discussed Houston’s hire of Kristin Vesely as well as the hire at Virginia and what the future holds at Arizona State.

You can also check out our interview with former UCLA Bruin, Jen Schroeder who shared her thoughts on the 2016 Women’s College World Series as well her thoughts on the state of the game and much more.

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.

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 

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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

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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

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UCLA at Oregon ( Game 2)                    408,000

UCLA at Oregon ( Game 3)                     303,000

ESPNU

Arizona at Auburn ( Game 3)                306,000

 

 

Super Regional Recap, WCWS Preview

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson break down the Super Regionals as well as look ahead to the Women’s College World Series. Among the topics the guys discussed included should Oregon’s  Head Coach Mike White brought in Cheridan Hawkins in Game 2 vs UCLA? Also the guys talked about

  • Georgia- Florida Super Regional
  • Lonni Alameda bringing FSU back to WCWS
  • Beth Torina taking LSU to WCWS coming from behind against James Madison
  •  Oklahoma, Michigan, Auburn, UCLA, and Alabama Super Regional wins
  • Who the favorite in Oklahoma City?

In The Circle Podcast : Super Regional Recap and WCWS Preview 

  • You can also listen to our interview with former Michigan All-American and National Champion Jennie Ritter who TV analyst for ESPN and Big Ten Network who broke down Georgia win over Florida, Previewed the WCWS, and talked about the Michigan program.
  • You can also listen to our interview with former Oklahoma Catcher National Champion Jessica Shults about the Sooners making it to the Women’s College World Series and reflecting on being part of 2013 National Championship team.

 

 

Jessica Shults Talks Sooners in WCWS

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Eric Lopez talks to former Oklahoma Sooners Catcher Jessica Shults about the Sooners making it to the Women’s College World Series. Shults who spent the last two seasons as a Graduate Asst Coach on the Sooners staff as well as doing some color commentating work on Sooners broadcasts discussed the 2016 season of the Sooners and how despite having a young team are among the 8 teams at Oklahoma City.

Among the topics Shults discussed in the interview include the following :Shults_Jessica_2013_HS-150x225

  • The leadership of the 2016 Sooners
  • The Talented Freshman group on the Sooners
  • What it like to play in the Women’s College World Series?
  • Winning the National Championship in 2013
  • What makes Sooners Head Coach Patti Gasso so great?
  • What was it like playing with Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley,  and Michelle Gascoigne.
  • What it like Coaching players vs Playing?
  • Playing in the NPF with USSSA Pride (2014-2015)

Jessica Shults Talks Oklahoma Sooners in WCWS

Shults last game as a Sooner was winning the National Championship against Tennessee in 2013. Shults discussed winning the National championship being part of the classic series against the Vols which included the incredible game one come from behind win.

Jessica Shults accomplishments at Oklahoma   

– Named to 2013 WCWS All-Tournament Team

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Jessica Shults played with Keiliani Ricketts at Oklahoma and USSSA Pride. Shults was part of Oklahoma’s 2013 National Championship team

-2013 All-Big 12 Defensive Team

– 2012 First Team NFCA All-American,

2010 & 2011 NFCA Second Team All-American,

3-time NFCA All-Central Region First Team (2010, 2011 and 2012), 2012

– 2012 All-Big 12 First Team,

-2011 All-Big 12 Second Team

-2010 All-Big 12 First Team

-2010 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team

-Two-time top 50 finalist for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year.

You can listen to my Interview with ESPN’s Amanda Scarborough from back in 2013 talking about the Sooners 2013 National Championship and where team ranked all-time right here.