Fever-Sky game draws record ratings for WNBA

Caitlin Clark, heralded rookie guard for the Indiana Fever, exults after making an outside shot in an early-season game.

The WNBA rematch between Indiana’s Caitlin Clark and Chicago’s Angel Reese drew record viewership with an average of 2.25 million people watching on CBS — the most on any network in 23 years.

It was more than triple the viewership of last year’s comparable game window, which featured Phoenix and New York. The Fever’s 91-83 victory over the Sky, which featured Reese being assessed a flagrant-1 foul when her arm hit Clark in the head, peaked at nearly 3 million viewers.

Clark had a solid game in Indiana’s win over Chicago, finishing with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. That came after a rough contest against Atlanta in which the No. 1 pick had seven points, six assists and seven turnovers. Clark has a busy week with games against Washington and Atlanta before visiting Reese and the Sky on Sunday.

Aliyah Boston of Indiana earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week and AP Player of the Week honors. The forward averaged 23 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks to help the Fever win both of their games.