You asked: Are WNBA ratings down?

The league announced last week that its 25th anniversary season of 2021 was the most-watched regular season since 2008 and viewership was up 51% over 2020.

How bad are WNBA ratings?

Regular season coverage of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on US sports broadcast giant ESPN saw ratings up 24 per cent against the last uninterrupted full campaign in 2019. … The 2020 regular season’s average audience per game was 205,000.

Does anyone really watch the WNBA?

The WNBA is in its 25th season and more people are watching than ever. But fans say that WNBA League Pass – the WNBA’s streaming platform and app – is not doing the sport any favors.

Are WNBA ratings good?

WNBA season is most-watched since 2008

Games on the ESPN networks averaged 306,000, up 49% from last year (205K), up 24% from 2019 (246K) and the league’s highest average on the ESPN family of networks since 2009 (318K).

Are NBA ratings down in 2021?

But the NBA is decidedly not more popular than ever by any means. To the contrary, regular-season ratings in 2020-21 were down 25% compared with the last uninterrupted season in 2018-19.

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Has a WNBA game ever sold out?

The Sky’s run to the finals has captured the hearts of Chicago sports fans. CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 86-50 in front of a sold-out crowd at Wintrust Arena Friday night, taking a 2-1 series lead in the WNBA Finals. It was the largest margin of victory ever in a WNBA Finals game.

Is the WNBA getting more popular?

Ratings for first five games of the 2021 season featured a 74% YoY boost. Halfway through the 32-game campaign, ratings were still up 44% compared to 2020. The July 11 contest between the Aces and the Wings aired on ABC in front of 643,000 viewers, the biggest audience for a WNBA game since 2012.

Does the WNBA turn a profit?

In terms of raw numbers, the WNBA generates roughly $60 million in revenue every season. That may sound like a lot, but when matched up against the $70 million the league costs to run, it actually loses roughly $10 million with each passing year.

What percentage of WNBA fans are female?

WNBA demographic research indicates the average crowd at a WNBA game is compromised of 75 percent females. In addition, Ackerman said, 70 percent of fans attend a game with a family member. Yet trying to balance the marketing efforts targeting those two constituencies could prove challenging.

What is the average WNBA salary?

The average WNBA salary is $120,648, according to Yahoo Finance. Even the WNBA’s highest-paid players in 2021 only make $221,430. Stephen Curry, the NBA’s top earner, has a player salary of more than $45 million.

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Who is watching WNBA?

VIEWERSHIP: Combined viewership for the WNBA across ESPN Networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2) and the CBS Television Network was up 51% over the 2020 regular season, making it the most-viewed season for the league’s television partners since 2008.

Does the NBA own the WNBA?

Teams and the league were collectively owned by the NBA until the end of 2002, when the NBA sold WNBA teams either to their NBA counterparts in the same city or to a third party as a result of the dot-com bubble.

How does WNBA survive?

One of the main reasons that the WNBA remains in existence is that it is subsidized by the NBA, which are able to sustain this $10 MILLION LOSS every year.

How bad are NBA ratings?

“At the start of the 2020-2021 NBA season, Nielsen Media Research data showed that NBA viewership for nationally televised games on TNT, ABC and ESPN was up 34 percent compared to the same 27-game period from last season,” Newsweek noted.

Is the NBA a dying league?

We never hear the NBA is “dying” because of an aging fan base, and it’s true the median age of NBA fans is lower than that of MLB.

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