May 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of a WNBA basketball on the court at the Staples Center during the game between the Seattle Storm and the Los Angeles Sparks. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 WNBA Draft was most watched ever


On Monday night, the 2014 WNBA Draft was held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with live coverage available on ESPN2. According to Nielsen, the draft averaged 413,000 viewers which made it the most-watched WNBA Draft ever on ESPN2. It also became the second-most viewed WNBA Draft ever.

The numbers were a nine percent increase from last year’s viewership.

The top markets in viewership were Hartford-New Haven (1.9 rating); Lexington (1.7); Las Vegas (1.0); Nashville (0.9) and Albuquerque (0.8).

With the first pick, the Connecticut Sun selected Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, who joins her sister, Nneka Ogwumike, as No. 1 overall picks. They become the first siblings to be taken No. 1 overall since Peyton and Eli Manning.

Below are the full results from the first-round of the 2014 WNBA Draft:

2014 WNBA DRAFT – ROUND 1
1 Connecticut Sun (10-24), Chiney Ogwumike
2 Tulsa Shock (11-23), Odyssey Sims
3 San Antonio Stars (12-22), Kayla McBride
4 New York Liberty (11-23), Alyssa Thomas
5 Indiana Fever (16-18), Natasha Howard
6 Washington Mystics (17-17), Stefanie Dolson
7 Seattle Storm (17-17), Bria Hartley
8 Atlanta Dream (17-17), Shoni Schimmel
9 Indiana Fever (16-18), Natalie Achonwa
10 Chicago Sky (24-10), Markeisha Gatling
11 Connecticut Sun (10-24), Chelsea Gray
12 Minnesota Lynx (26-8), Tricia Liston

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