Earlier this week, Sports Media Watch released a report that the 2020 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat had a 49 percent drop in television viewership compared to last year’s Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors across all American national networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBATV). The previous night, ESPN drew a 0.48 and 720,000 for Mavericks-Thunder and a 0.43 and 660,000 for Nuggets-Blazers. The five-game Mystics-Sun WNBA Finals averaged 381,000 viewers on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, marking the least-watched Finals since 2013 (Lynx-Dream: 315K). NBA vs WNBA: Viewership Which Is More Viewed in the US, the NBA, or the WNBA? The Washington Wizards were part of the season restart. Yahoo fa parte del gruppo Verizon Media. Since there aren’t as many casual fans of the WNBA, there was less room for ratings to jump or drop as wildly. A higher proportion of viewers are hardcore fans. The Finals between Seattle and the Las Vegas Aces averaged 440,000 viewers for the three-game series, up 15% over the WNBA Finals. As for the NBA Playoffs (which I assume includes the restart which were effectively playoff games anyway), ratings were down 37 percent. Almost 27% of Americans tune in to the NBA on a regular basis, with that amount peaking during the playoffs and the NBA Finals. That clashes with WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert saying that ratings were up 68 percent, but again, this year’s Finals had higher ratings than last year. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. And for the Finals, this year’s teams were both star-laden featuring the 2020 WNBA MVP’s (A’ja Wilson’s) team against the 2018 Finals MVP’s (Breanna Stewart) squads. Dr. Jon Lewis (aka Paulsen) has been covering the sports media industry on a daily basis since 2006 as the founder and sole writer of Sports Media Watch. These numbers don’t include those watching on ESPN Plus which would have streamed NBA Finals games, for example. Noi e i nostri partner memorizzeremo e/o accederemo ai dati sul tuo dispositivo attraverso l'uso di cookie e tecnologie simili, per mostrare annunci e contenuti personalizzati, per la misurazione di annunci e contenuti, per l'analisi dei segmenti di pubblico e per lo sviluppo dei prodotti. While those figures may seem small (and they are), the WNBA averaged more viewers than Major League Soccer as recently as 2013. That's about it for the good news when it … Here are some possible explanations. [Numbers from ESPN, Programming Insider 10.10, 10.11; ShowBuzz Daily 10.4, 10.9, 10.10]. However, the 2020 WNBA Finals between the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces had 15 percent more viewers than the 2019 Finals between the Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun. The increase in average viewership is significant in that there were more opportunities to … The WNBA continued playing its season during the summer when it normally held games. Devils-Flyers averaged a 0.26 rating and 428,000 viewers on the latest edition of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey, down 19% in ratings and 21% in viewership from a Stanley Cup Final rematch last year (Golden Knights-Capitals: 0.32, 543K), and down 10% and 4% respectively from Penguins-Capitals in 2017 (0.29, 448K). So why was NBA basketball an apparent ratings bust? It’s a clean, four-game ratings sweep for the NBA Finals. Per saperne di più su come utilizziamo i tuoi dati, consulta la nostra Informativa sulla privacy e la nostra Informativa sui cookie. (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images). Many games were held on weekdays during the early afternoon in the East Coast. The complete WNBA Playoffs was down 24% to an average of 257,000. Tuesday’s Game 4 averaged 312,000 on ESPN2, the least-watched Game 4 since at least 2005. Also: Zion Williamson’s Pelicans were less of a draw on ESPN (with a caveat), and Devils-Flyers was no match for last year’s Cup Final rematch. Let us know in the comments below. Last year’s Finals teams featured two teams that had no previous championships, and the Sun didn’t have a “face of the league” player — which fueled their “disrespeCT” hashtag. The modest ratings drop is a sign of encouragement if anything, considering that the NBA, NHL, and MLB were restarting their seasons or beginning their seasons late, all at around the same time. The WNBA was up against every major sport this year, including playoffs for the NBA. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, A woman died while scuba diving in a lake at Montana's Glacier National Park, 'Order from McDonald's': Burger King urges UK customers to support its rivals ahead of a second COVID-19 lockdown. Viewership fell 51% from the previous Game 5 on ESPN in 2017 (902K) and 17% from the 2016 Game 5, which like this year’s game aired on ESPN2 opposite Thursday Night Football (Lynx-Sparks: 528K). More people are working from home, but that doesn’t mean that they are able to flip on a game. Here are some possible explanations. World Series ratings bottomed out in Game 3 before recovering a bit in Games 4 and 5. The NBA Finals was down in particular because it was competing against the NFL regular season and. The World Series ended at an all-time low, but on a solid note (for 2020). Fewer people are watching television than before. Do you think these rating declines will influence the NBA to keep their season from repeating a summer playoff period like in 2020? There is a smaller denominator of course, but all leagues have to start from somewhere. How high do you think the Wizards’ and Mystics’ ratings will fare longer term? The NBA viewership is one of the major sports populations in the world. Viewership declined 21% from last year’s Storm-Mystics sweep (481K) and 32% from the last five-game series, Lynx-Sparks in … This summer, there were multiple season restarts which competed for viewers’ attention. According to TV Line, Sunday’s NBA Final decider between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat – which the former won 106-93 to take the series 4-2 – drew in 5.5 million viewers, but last year’s final game between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors had an audience of 18.9 million, signifying a 71 percent decrease in viewership. The NBA's … And perhaps, the WNBA is just getting more popular. Per consentire a Verizon Media e ai suoi partner di trattare i tuoi dati, seleziona 'Accetto' oppure seleziona 'Gestisci impostazioni' per ulteriori informazioni e per gestire le tue preferenze in merito, tra cui negare ai partner di Verizon Media l'autorizzazione a trattare i tuoi dati personali per i loro legittimi interessi. In other action, Wednesday’s Kings-Canucks nightcap had just 173,000; Sharks-Predators drew 217,000 on Tuesday night (-13%); and Wild-Predators drew 238,000 back on October 3 (+23%). NBA & WNBA TV ratings dropped in 2020 but had different Finals trends, © Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images. Both teams have multiple big names beyond the MVPs. Viewership fell 36% from the previous Game 4 in 2017, which aired on ESPN (491K). The WNBA also had its 2020 season during the NBA’s season restart and playoffs. And why the did the Finals get more viewers than last year’s championship when the Mystics won it all? The WNBA Finals averaged its smallest audience in six years. Puoi modificare le tue preferenze in qualsiasi momento in Le tue impostazioni per la privacy. Informazioni su dispositivo e connessione Internet, incluso l'indirizzo IP, Attività di navigazione e di ricerca durante l'utilizzo dei siti web e delle app di Verizon Media. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Viewership declined 21% from last year’s Storm-Mystics sweep (481K) and 32% from the last five-game series, Lynx-Sparks in 2017 (559K). You can contact him here or on the Sports Media Watch Twitter page. Home » Ratings » Ratings: WNBA Finals, NBA preseason, NHL, Uncasville, CT - May 20, 2018 - Mohegan Sun: A WNBA Basketball during a regular season game Viewership on ABC has now set an historic low as the four least-watched finals games in recorded history. Solid ending (for 2020) to least-watched World Series ever, Week 7 good to CBS, FOX, as primetime games drop, World Series hits new low in Game 3, less bad in Games 4 and 5, News: MLB on ESPN, NBA jersey ads and more, Fowler neutral on NFL as Herbstreit warms to idea, NYP: ESPN/ABC going after Sunday Night Football. Coverage aired opposite an MLB Division Series Game 5, while last year’s game faced no such competition. Wednesday’s Pelicans-Bulls NBA preseason game, marking the second preseason game for Pelicans F Zion Williamson, averaged a 0.65 rating and 1.00 million viewers on ESPN — down a tick in ratings and 3% in viewership from the comparable window last year (Pacers-Bulls: 0.66, 1.03M). And why did the WNBA not suffer as big of a ratings drop? The five-game Mystics-Sun WNBA Finals averaged 381,000 viewers on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, marking the least-watched Finals since 2013 (Lynx-Dream: 315K). Thursday’s Game 5 averaged a 0.27 rating and 440,000 viewers on ESPN2, the smallest audience for a winner-take-all game since at least 2007 (five total). Do you expect WNBA ratings to stay steady or go up in 2021? Here is what sports viewership looks like right now: pic.twitter.com/JzbKn1pKIz. Also, the Storm won the championship in 2018 and three league championships heading into this season. The NBA and WNBA enjoyed successful periods in their Florida bubbles. Ratings were down for most sports, including tennis, MLB and the NHL. A high proportion of watchers are casual watchers for any game. The regular season’s television ratings dropped by 16 percent.