The Numbers Are In — Saturday's NWSL Championship Had Record Viewership

The NWSL continues to grow.

Viewership for Saturday's National Women's Soccer League championship match increased 216% over the 2019 finale, the league reported on Tuesday.

The Washington Spirit's 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars in Louisville, Kentucky, averaged 525,000 viewers on CBS, the NWSL said, after the majority of the regular season was broadcast on the Paramount+ streaming service.

It was the league's most-watched championship match, marking a significant increase in audience over 2019's game, which was broadcast on ESPN.

The championship returned this season after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NWSL to suspend its typical schedule in 2020 in favor of a one-off "Challenge Cup" tournament.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York Editing by Toby Davis)

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