Michigan helps set TV viewership records in WCWS

The Detroit News

Michigan might have lost the Women's College World Series, but the Wolverines helped win the TV viewers.

Michigan and Florida's three-game series was the most-watched WCWS finals in history, according to ESPN, averaging 1,912,000 viewers, helping make the entire 2015 WCWS the most-watched softball world series dating to 1990.

Florida defeated Michigan, 4-1, on Wednesday night to win the series, 2-1, and defend its national title.

This year's WCWS boasted four of the top 10 games in series history, including two from the Michigan-Florida final. The deciding Game 3 was second with a viewership of 2,273,000, behind Game 3 of the 2007 finals between Tennessee and Arizona (2,326,000).

Game 2 on Tuesday between the Wolverines and Gators, won 1-0 by Michigan, ranks sixth on the all-time list with a viewership of 1,865,000.

Michigan's 6-3 victory over LSU on May 31, which earned the Wolverines a berth in the WCWS final, ranks fourth all-time (1,950,000), just behind Game 3 of the 2005 WCWS final between Michigan and UCLA (2,240,000), won by the Wolverines for the national title.