Tuesday October 3, 2023

2023 NCAA Gymnastics Championship Sets Viewership Record

  • This year’s NCAA Gymnastics Championship was the most-viewed ever on ESPN’s platforms.
  • It averaged 1.02M viewers, 10% more than last year’s championship, which had set the previous record.
Apr 15, 2023; Fort Worth, TX, USA; The University of Oklahoma Sooners celebrate with the trophy as confetti falls after the Sooners win the national championship at the NCAA Women's National Gymnastics Tournament Championship at Dickies Arena.
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The upward trajectory of college women’s gymnastics viewership continues.

This year’s NCAA Gymnastics Championship — which saw the Oklahoma Sooners take home their second consecutive title — was the most-viewed ever on ESPN’s platforms, the network announced on Tuesday.

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The event, broadcast on ABC, drew an average of over one million viewers for the first time. It averaged 1.02 million viewers, peaking at 1.32 million. 

That’s 10% more than last year’s championship, which had set the previous record averaging 992,000 viewers. Last year’s social media engagement on ESPN’s platforms also notched multiple milestones.

This year’s event also topped the most-watched XFL game of the weekend, which averaged just shy of 900,000 viewers, according to ESPN.

However, the viewership numbers aren’t the only impressive metric in the sport. At least five gymnasts, like UCLA’s Jordan Chiles and Auburn’s Sunisa Lee, ranked in the top 15 for women’s sports athlete NIL earning potential, according to On3’s annual earning projections.

LSU’s Olivia Dunne and Lee also rank in the top 15 for any college or high school athlete.

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