Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoffs and Finals Earn Season High Nielsen Rating

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer revealed Tuesday the Nielsen ratings of the Overwatch League Stage 2 playoffs.

According to Nanzer, the Overwatch League Stage 2 playoff and finals earned a new record for peak viewership of Season 2. The broadcast earned an average minute audience of 545,000, with the Stage 2 finals becoming the best performing esports broadcast ever across ABC, ESPN and Disney.

According to Nielsen ratings compiled by Showbuzz Daily in March, the Season 2 Stage 1 finals pulled around 367,000 viewers with a 607,000 average minute audience across all platforms. That performance was good enough to beat out a CS:GO finals game and a regular season NHL game between popular teams.

Viewership in Overwatch League Season 2 has on the whole been lower than that of Season 1, beginning with a substantially lower season debut view count. Viewership on the whole has been lower than corresponding points in Season 1.

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