Disney Networks Score a Season of Viewership Ws with Expanded WNBA Coverage in 2022 – ESPN Press Room

Together, ESPN and ABC televised 49 games from Tip-Off week through the conclusion of the WNBA Finals on Sunday as ESPN continued its 26-year relationship with the WNBA, dating back to the inaugural season in 1997.
“The 2022 WNBA Season on Disney Networks was a year of monumental growth – and we feel it is just the beginning,” said Ashley O’Connor, ESPN Senior Director, Programming and Acquisitions. “ESPN will continue to look for even more ways to elevate and showcase the incredible women of the WNBA. We have had a strong relationship with the league since its inception in 1996 and look forward to collaborating together for many years to come.”
WNBA Postseason
As the exclusive home of the WNBA postseason, Disney Networks televised 49 games as part of the league’s new expanded playoff format with the Las Vegas Aces securing the franchise’s first championship, defeating the Connecticut Sun in the best-of-five series. After 23 games, the 2022 postseason averaged 456,000 viewers – up 22 percent over 2021’s postseason – making it the most-viewed WNBA postseason since 2007.
WNBA on ESPN Viewership Milestones in 2022:
WNBA Social
ESPN Social doubled the number of WNBA-focused social posts across the company’s various accounts in 2022. Those efforts resulted in 1.1 billion impressions, a 20 percent increase over 2021, and more than 193 million total video views, a staggering 90 percent jump from the prior year.
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