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Oklahoma vs. Texas WCWS Championship Series Draws Record TV Viewers

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Oklahoma’s historic win over Texas in game two of the WCWS Championship Series on Thursday night was watched by 2.036 million viewers.

That viewership number makes the game the 5th-most-watched college softball game ever recorded. (Note that out-of-home viewing was added to Nielsen’s viewership tallies beginning in 2020.)

Additionally, the two-game WCWS Championship Series between the Sooners and the Longhorns becomes the most-watched World Series final on record, averaging 2 million viewers per game.

Game 1 of the series between the Sooners and Longhorns averaged 1.9 million viewers, according to numbers released by ESPN, making it the largest audience  for Game 1 of a WCWS championship final. The Sooners’ win was up 43% from their Game 1 win over Florida State last year (1.34M) and 35% from their previous Game 1 against Texas in 2022 (1.41M).

Both of the 2024 WCWS Championship Series games are now among the top-10 most-watched college softball games of all time:

YearMatchupGameViewership
2007Tennessee vs. ArizonaGame 3 of WCWS Champ Series2.33 million
2015Michigan vs. FloridaGame 3 of WCWS Champ Series2.27 million
2005Michigan vs. UCLAGame 3 of WCWS Champ Series2.24 million
2021Florida State vs. OklahomaGame 2 of WCWS Champ Series2.08 million
2024Oklahoma vs. TexasGame 2 of WCWS Champ Series2.036 million
2015LSU vs. MichiganWCWS Semifinal1.95 million
2007Tennessee vs. ArizonaGame 2 of WCWS Champ Series1.92 million
2024Texas vs. OklahomaGame 1 of WCWS Champ Series1.91 million
2015Michigan vs. FloridaGame 2 of WCWS Champ Series1.87 million
2023Florida State vs. OklahomaGame 2 of WCWS Champ Series1.86 million

Overall, the 2024 Women’s College World Series averaged 1.1 million viewers with seven games reaching 1 million viewers. That number is slightly down from the 2023 WCWS (averaging 1.1 million viewers, eight games reaching 1 million) but up from 2022 (averaging 1.0 million viewers, eight games reaching 1 million).

According to SportsMediaWatch.com, the 2024 Super Regionals averaged 519,000 viewers per game across the ESPN networks, up 3% from 2023. Alabama’s 14-inning win over Tennessee in game two of the Knoxville Super Regional was seen by 1.08 million viewers on ESPN, the most-watched Super Regional game on record.

Game 3 of the Austin Super Regional, between Texas and Texas A&M, checked in as the most-watched Super Regional game to air on ESPN2, drawing 776,000 viewers. Game 3 of the Stanford Super Regional between LSU and Stanford narrowly followed that mark, with 771,000 viewers.

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