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2024 NCAA Women’s Final Peaks At 24M Viewers; dive into new WNBA season intrigue beginning with the Draft on ESPN April 15

Many of the stars who powered ESPN and ABC's NCAA Women's Tournament's mind-blowing ratings numbers will become pros on Monday as the WNBA draft unfolds in Brooklyn, followed by season tipoff May 14

The 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on ESPN and ABC platforms culminated in a historic victory Sunday for South Carolina, which completed an undefeated season with a thrilling win over Iowa.

As SportsCenter anchor and ESPN Women’s Tournament studio host Elle Duncan notes in the video above, ESPN’s exceptional coverage was accompanied by record-breaking viewership numbers, as outlined below.

The surge continues as the WNBA season is on the horizon: The 2024 WNBA Draft airs Monday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. ET, on ESPN – national player of the year Caitlin Clark of Iowa is the expected first overall choice of the Indiana Fever; the league’s schedule on ESPN platforms was just released today.

(Illustration: Ronce Rajan/ESPN)

There will be 25 regular-season WNBA games and the entirety of the playoffs on ESPN/ABC platforms.

(L-R) Elle Duncan, Andrea Carter, Chiney Ogwumike, Carolyn Peck report from the set of NCAA Final Four Pre-Game Show during the 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four (Allen Kee ESPN Images)

Spencer T. Jackson, Katie Callahan and Amanda Brooks produced the video

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