Both teams have multiple big names beyond the MVPs. For Canadian viewership numbers, see the Viewership section of the 2019 NBA Finals. The WNBA season is still young, but the TV ratings have already increased by 64 percent year-over-year, peaking with a 0.6 Nielsen rating for the Sparks-Lynx game on June 8. The WNBA continued playing its season during the summer when it normally held games. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. NBA & WNBA TV ratings dropped in 2020 but had different Finals trends, © Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images. More people are working from home, but that doesn’t mean that they are able to flip on a game. 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. As for the NBA Playoffs (which I assume includes the restart which were effectively playoff games anyway), ratings were down 37 percent. Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, who does covers the WNBA for The Athletic, tweeted out the ratings comparison between this season and last season. 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. In their stead, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne are living up to expectations, and helping to attract more viewers than before. Who will rescue a massive Berkshires mansion once owned by the Vanderbilts? The WNBA season is still young, but the TV ratings have already increased by 64 percent year-over-year, peaking with a 0.6 Nielsen rating for the Sparks-Lynx game on June 8. Over the course of the WNBA season, CBS Sports will feature live broadcasts of 40 WNBA games in primetime and on weekends. 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Led by Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, who paced all scorers with 26 points, the Storm defeated the Aces 92-59 in Game 3 to sweep the series. A high proportion of watchers are casual watchers for any game. The 2003 Finals was best known for rekindling a heated rivalry between the two teams' head coaches, Los Angeles Sparks head coach Michael Cooper and former Detroit Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer.Both coaches were fierce NBA competitors who played in the NBA Finals against each other in 1988 and 1989. And why the did the Finals get more viewers than last year’s championship when the Mystics won it all? In addition to the league’s existing deal with ESPN, 40 live primetime and weekend games will be televised by CBS Sports during the 2019 season, a collaboration that has successfully made the league more visible to fans around the world. Do you expect WNBA ratings to stay steady or go up in 2021? In April, the WNBA announced a multi-year partnership with CBS Sports Network. 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. Quinnipiac University shifts most classes online after counting 55 new student COVID-19 cases, UConn Insider podcast: Previewing the 2020-21 women’s hoops season, Don’t miss another opportunity to legalize marijuana, Waterbury police make arrest in deadly hit-and-run, Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship, Adebayo powers Heat past Celtics into NBA Finals, Celtics control second half, top Heat to win Game 5 in East. There is a smaller denominator of course, but all leagues have to start from somewhere. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, A Muslim millennial was elected the country’s first out nonbinary lawmaker — in Oklahoma, British grocer Sainsbury's is cutting 3,500 jobs and closing more than 80% of Argos stores. Also, the Storm won the championship in 2018 and three league championships heading into this season. 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. Longtime radio host Joe D’Ambrosio says he is leaving WTIC; blasts climate at Connecticut radio station on Election Day, Gov. The 2020 WNBA Finals between Seattle and the Las Vegas Aces averaged 440,000 viewers for the three-game series, up 15% over the 2019 WNBA Finals through Game 5 and up 14% over last year through Game 3. Do you think these rating declines will influence the NBA to keep their season from repeating a summer playoff period like in 2020? “We’re excited that ESPN will feature expanded coverage of WNBA games in the 2019 season,” said interim WNBA President Mark Tatum. How high do you think the Wizards’ and Mystics’ ratings will fare longer term? Since there aren’t as many casual fans of the WNBA, there was less room for ratings to jump or drop as wildly. Despite stars like Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore sitting out, and Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker not playing due to an injury, the league is still growing. The 2020 WNBA Finals between Seattle and the Las Vegas Aces averaged 440,000 viewers for the three-game series, up 15% over the 2019 WNBA Finals through Game 5 and up 14% over last year through Game 3. Upcoming Live Events and Commentators (by sport), James Pitaro, ESPN President; Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, ESPN’s Coverage of the WNBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV Begins Friday, Oct. 2. Let us know in the comments below. In 2001, the #4 seed Charlotte Sting was the lowest seed to make the WNBA Finals. In addition to ESPN’s rising success over the years, CBS Sports’ TV deal with the WNBA this season could also have a positive impact on the ratings. And why did the WNBA not suffer as big of a ratings drop? Here are some possible explanations. The WNBA also had its 2020 season during the NBA’s season restart and playoffs. The regular season’s television ratings dropped by 16 percent. 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 NBA Finals was down in particular because it was competing against the NFL regular season and. Led by Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, who paced all scorers with 26 points, the Storm defeated the Aces 92-59 in Game 3 to sweep the series.
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