ESPN’s Saturday tip-off of the 2016 WNBA season was the highest-rated, regular-season WNBA game on the ESPN networks (excluding ABC) since 2011, and the highest-rated, regular-season weekend WNBA game on the ESPN networks (excluding ABC) since 2005. The 7:30 p.m. ET telecast between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury delivered a 0.4 overnight rating.
The top five markets were Minneapolis-St. Paul (1.6), Memphis (1.4), New Orleans (1.1), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (0.9) and Dayton, Ohio (0.8).
The Lynx defeated the Mercury at home, 95-76, led by a double-double from Maya Moore, who scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds. ESPN’s coverage of the historic 20th season of the WNBA will continue Tuesday, May 24, as the Chicago Sky host the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.