wnba viewership by year
The June 28 game between the Sparks and the Seattle Storm drew 378,000 viewers. A minimum of 18 games will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 each season. Newhouse School of Public Communications. [12], In 2008, the WNBA finished up in key demographics on ESPN2—Women 18–34 (+71%) and Men 18–34 (+28%) – and on ABC—All Women (+10%) and Women 18–34 (+20%). Most players have already joined their teams overseas. For the last two seasons the Sparks and the Lynx battled it out for the WNBA championship. It was also announced that ESPN2 would televise a half-hour pre-game show before each broadcast. [20][21] In 2013 ESPN said that their WNBA audience was majority male, as it had been for years. The company promoted the WNBA Finals during Game 1 of the NBA series Wednesday night. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Average viewership of WNBA games grew 68 percent in 2020 in part due to 87 nationally televised games from the “wubble” at IMG Academy in Florida, commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. Some players tested positive upon arrival, but were quarantined until they received two negative tests and could re-join their team. Beginning with the 2009 WNBA season, all nationally broadcast WNBA games are shown in high definition. When Notre Dame played Mississippi State, 3.5 million people saw it. I should be paying attention. The NWSL was also up 500% as well. It’s that kind of promotion that has helped grow the league in an out-of-the-ordinary year. The times do not overlap; instead Engelbert sees it as an opportunity for basketball fans to have an entire night of action. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Both series went five games with each team taking one title. The increase in average viewership is significant in that there were more opportunities to do so with games available on TV (ESPN, CBS Sports Network) as well as on Facebook and Twitter streams. I produced…. Friday’s WNBA Draft averaged 378,000 viewers on ESPN, up 59% from last year (243K) and up 26% from 2018 (308K), both of which aired … I should be paying attention. Airing on the primary ESPN network, and with zero sports competition anywhere, the WNBA Draft hit a six-year viewership high. "I always was optimistic that we would start getting opportunities," Stiff said. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. [9] Starting with the 2003 WNBA All Star Game (which aired on ABC), most games televised have involved coaches, players and referees being wired for sound. [18] The 2013 WNBA Finals games averaged 344,000 viewers. The game's marquee brand, UConn, had been eliminated. Laimbeer banned ESPN from the Shock locker room for Game 4 of the series, and also refused to wear a live microphone for that game (as had been the custom throughout the regular season and the playoffs). Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. Maya Moore (David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images). Announcers change from year to year, but recent play-by-play personalities have included Terry Gannon, Mark Jones, Marc Kestecher, Beth Mowins, Dave Pasch, Ryan Ruocco, Pam Ward and Bob Wischusen. [28][29] The 5 game 2016 Finals broadcast on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 averaged a 0.3 rating and 487,000 viewers. Big takeaway. [11] On opening day for the 2008 season (May 17), ABC broadcast the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury matchup. Probably not and Serrano doesn't believe it's him. For the 2020 NBA Finals, the ratings dropped to a historic low, with one of the games drawing only 5.9 million viewers. He thought about it. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. And even if he's not a good case study, he's, at the very least, a good story about figurative ear flicking and the women's game. A few weeks later, she searched up Serrano's book Basketball (And Other Things) to see if there was any mention of women in it. Now they have a lot more games on ABC, ESPN's. Press J to jump to the feed. He knows there are others who have covered the game longer and have a great depth of knowledge on it. There have been zero COVID-19 positive tests while inside the bubble, Engelbert said. The new television deal runs from 2009 to 2016. The Sparks-Lynx game that had Serrano pregame texting ended up including a WNBA milestone. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. [26][27], Game 1 of the 2016 WNBA Finals was broadcast on ABC and had 0.5 overnight rating (597,000 viewers), which was the best since 2010. Where Else Is the NBA Broadcast (Outside USA)? ", The next day, Serrano reached out to Weiner through a direct message on Twitter. All this attention rolled into a WNBA Draft which saw its ratings rise by 25 percent, according to Carol Stiff, vice president of ESPN Programming & Acquisitions. Home » Ratings » Only game in town, WNBA Draft hits six-year high, Bristol, CT - April 17, 2020 - Studio Y: Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo during the 2020 WNBA Draft Plus, the championship aired around dinner time on Easter Sunday. I also write sports books and produce documentary films. In June 2003, the WNBA signed a new six-year agreement with ABC Sports and ESPN to televise regular-season games and playoff games from 2003 through 2008. The increase in average viewership is significant in that there were more opportunities to do so with games available on TV (ESPN, CBS Sports Network) as well as on Facebook and Twitter streams. Only game in town, WNBA Draft hits six-year high, Big Ten already owns three of season’s top five audiences, Solid ending (for 2020) to least-watched World Series ever, NBA reportedly concerned about TV deal if no December start, News: MLB on ESPN, NBA jersey ads and more, Fowler neutral on NFL as Herbstreit warms to idea. ", That's how it started: with her flicking me in the ear about it," he said. It had the benefit of doubleheaders on the main ESPN channel and wasn’t buried on ESPN News at all. "Had this been six months ago, and I saw they were playing, I would not have known anything. The WNBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of Women's National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. The WNBA had really bad TV contracts under the old contract. 2 Seattle Storm. This despite the idea people don’t want to watch sports because of the inclusion of politics and social justice causes. Two days later, ESPN expected a dip in the ratings for the championship game. The telecast, which saw Oregon G Sabrina Ionescu picked #1 by the New York Liberty, ranks as the most-watched WNBA Draft since 2014, when Chiney Ogwumike was taken first overall (413K). Last season, live game attendance dropped 12 percent despite a notable increase in ESPN viewership and WNBA League Pass subscriptions. Wetzel: LeBron remains constant in bizarre NBA season, Lakers take Game 1 of Finals in blowout of injury-ravaged Miami, Robinson: Titans’ outbreak reveals NFL’s huge COVID-19 flaw, Yankees, Rays and Astros advance out of wild-card round, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, George Floyd protests pave the way for police reforms at the ballot box, DoorDash just opened its first physical location as the pandemic fuels a ghost kitchen boom. During halftime of the broadcasts, Cindy Brunson and more recently Doris Burke provide game analysis and other sports updates. Both semifinal games went to overtime. The finals were on ABC previous years too. During the appearance she met Bryant. During different parts of the 1980s she was an assistant women's basketball coach at Western Connecticut State University and Brown University, and the head coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In short, that's a lot of numbers about rising ratings and there must be a reason for it. However, with all of this equal wage discussion I am wondering how the WNBA can gain more fans. He knows there are others who have covered the game longer and have a great depth of knowledge on it. 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. Sports Viewership This Year I found this in a racing sub, and percentages are inherently flawed. ", Weiner became an advisor to him about the game. They didn't do well in viewership. Where the viewing audience is much bigger. "I watch the NBA, basketball is basketball." Serrano saw the tweet. Initially, Saturday and Sunday afternoon games were broadcast on ABC. Generally, game broadcasts include a pair of announcers—alongside those providing play-by-play are the color analysts which have included Doris Burke, Andrea Joyce, Kara Lawson, Nancy Lieberman, Lisa Malosky, Ann Meyers, Stephanie Ready, LaChina Robinson, Carolyn Peck, Rebecca Lobo. The average viewers figure over 6 games was 7.5 million, which is a 51% decline from the previous year and a 67% decline from 2018. "This is how women get written out of history. [15] Viewership for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game on ABC was up 46% from the previous game. "Watch Oregon basketball," Serrano recommends now. The NBA Playoffs on TNT at 9pm topped the night on the Cable Top 150 with a 1. With the COVID-19 disruption, Engelbert said that focus had to shift. 2019 the regular season WNBA viewership across ESPN and ABC networks averaged a combined 246,000 viewers. The game received a little over 1 million viewers. ", She didn't tag Serrano in the tweet.

The The WNBA’s orange logo hoodie was everywhere over the weekend.Just a few of the stars who showed support for the WNBA's tip off yesterday It was part of ESPN’s “In It For Good” WNBA marketing campaign. Cookies help us deliver our Services. COMPARTILHE!
ET. Why start a story on WNBA viewership with Shea Serrano? ", I write about leadership as seen through sports with a particular focus on football and basketball. My books include Big Blue Wrecking Crew: Smashmouth Football, A Little Bit of Crazy and the '86 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season. He'd reach out as he started to watch more and more women's basketball. "They've got a player named Sabrina (Ionescu), a player named Ruthy (Hebard), my two favorite players, and Maite Cazorla. Engelbert said the league is already scenario planning for the 2021 season and what it might look like. Again it makes sense. You may opt-out by. People took notice. The 2011 season on ESPN2 averaged 270,000 viewers per game, the league's highest since 2005 and up 5% from an average of 258,000 in 2010. The Sparks had taken both games so far this season. With 231,000 viewers in 2018, the WNBA climbed to a viewership high not seen since 2013. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. [Nielsen estimates from ShowBuzz Daily 4.20]. planned marketing campaign that paid off. The NCAA had issued 773 credentials for the Final Four, the most in the tournament's history. Serrano is an interesting case study on the topic, though. In May, when the Sparks played at the Connecticut Sun, Rebecca Lobo and Kara Lawson moved away from the typical broadcaster seats. It goes back to the new CBA and TV contracts. She tweeted her disappointment. I'm a very tiny part of a bigger thing," he said. This year, the Mercury and the Sparks are the only two WNBA teams averaging more than 10,000 fans per game, with average attendance falling to a meager 7,716 fans per matchup. The women's Final Four, the first one Serrano ever watched, was incredible. * 2013 draft aired during breaking news coverage. I found this in a racing sub, and percentages are inherently flawed.

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