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PostPosted: 05/22/18 8:37 pm    ::: 2018 TV Ratings Reply Reply with quote

The Los Angeles-Minnesota game averaged 297,000 viewers. College Softball was on before the game and averaged 304,000 viewers while the Washington-Minnesota softball game afterwards averaged 396,000 viewers.
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PostPosted: 05/25/18 8:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Los Angeles-Connecticut game averaged 221,000 viewers. It was a busy day on ESPN for women's sports. The Kentucky-Oregon softball game after the WNBA averaged 240,000 viewers. Over on ESPN, Texas A&M-Florida averaged 463,000 viewers and then Arizona-UCLA averaged 370,000 viewers.
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PostPosted: 05/25/18 11:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just want to mention those softball games are tournament games.


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PostPosted: 05/26/18 1:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Also want to mention the Sparks vs. Sun game came on at 4pm pacific time. Working people on the west coast like myself were still at work when the game started.



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PostPosted: 05/26/18 10:56 am    ::: Re: 2018 TV Ratings Reply Reply with quote

awhom111 wrote:
The Los Angeles-Minnesota game averaged 297,000 viewers.


Biggest ESPN2 season opener since 2013. Biggest regular season game since 2014.



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PostPosted: 06/04/18 8:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Phoenix-Minnesota averaged 277,000 viewers.

It was a women's sports day again on Friday as ESPN had the winner's bracket games of the College World Series. Oklahoma-Washington averaged 864,000 viewers, UCLA-Florida averaged 774,000 viewers and the studio show between the games averaged 716,000 viewers. Both games had pretty favorable female-male ratios at the 18-49 and 12-34 levels too.
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PostPosted: 06/07/18 2:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

https://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2018/06/espn2-scores-with-wnba-audience-up-58-in-2018-up-26-overall-vs-2017/

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Through three games, ESPN2’s audience for the 2018 WNBA season is up 58% on ESPN2 compared to the first three games on ESPN2 in 2017



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 3:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
https://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2018/06/espn2-scores-with-wnba-audience-up-58-in-2018-up-26-overall-vs-2017/

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Through three games, ESPN2’s audience for the 2018 WNBA season is up 58% on ESPN2 compared to the first three games on ESPN2 in 2017


These mini victories they love to announce seem so hilarious these days . Laughing



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 4:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

58% seems pretty significant. Might be enough to demand higher broadcast fees.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 4:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

They needs to find something positive to report on since attendance is almost guaranteed to be down this year and likely worse next season.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 4:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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They needs to find something positive to report on since attendance is almost guaranteed to be down this year and likely worse next season.


Why worse next season ? NY could be out so our attendance problems could be resolved easily . Or they might be moved elsewhere that has enough paying fans to support at least 5,000 a night ? Embarassed



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 4:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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toad455 wrote:
They needs to find something positive to report on since attendance is almost guaranteed to be down this year and likely worse next season.


Why worse next season ? NY could be out so our attendance problems could be resolved easily . Or they might be moved elsewhere that has enough paying fans to support at least 5,000 a night ? Embarassed


DC will be moving to a smaller arena next year, I believe. Dream are scheduled to return to Phillips arena, so they may be a boost, but probably less than the DC drop. If NY moves to a bigger place it the league numbers could increase in 2019 year over year.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 5:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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toad455 wrote:
They needs to find something positive to report on since attendance is almost guaranteed to be down this year and likely worse next season.


Why worse next season ? NY could be out so our attendance problems could be resolved easily . Or they might be moved elsewhere that has enough paying fans to support at least 5,000 a night ? Embarassed


Unless the Liberty land in a bigger arena, the league may only average 6K next year. Seattle moves to a temp. location and Mystics to their new 4,200 seat arena.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 5:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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58% seems pretty significant. Might be enough to demand higher broadcast fees.


2017 had the lowest WNBA ESPN ratings ever.


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 6:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

TV ratings are important but don't expect any type of financial boon from them. If anything (and this has nothing to do with the WNBA IN ANY WAY) expect them to perhaps decline (or at best stay the same) after the latest contract is over several years from now. ESPN is a complete disaster for many reasons and the blood letting and culling is still going on over there.


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PostPosted: 06/08/18 9:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

josephkramer44 wrote:
TV ratings are important but don't expect any type of financial boon from them. If anything (and this has nothing to do with the WNBA IN ANY WAY) expect them to perhaps decline (or at best stay the same) after the latest contract is over several years from now. ESPN is a complete disaster for many reasons and the blood letting and culling is still going on over there.


The WNBA desperately needs ESPN to be profitable, and to agree to another similar contract when this one expires.

I'm reasonably confident both will occur ... but the landscape is changing very, very rapidly.



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PostPosted: 06/08/18 10:00 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Id hope no one tuned in for last nights sleepwalker.



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PostPosted: 06/08/18 8:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Seattle-Los Angeles averaged 204,000 viewers.

The NCAA Track and Field Championships that preceded the broadcast, nearly exclusively featuring women's events, averaged 377,000 viewers. A US Women's Soccer National Team exhibition averaged 247,000 viewers around the same time.
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PostPosted: 06/09/18 8:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Absolutely. Paying each team 1 million USD a year is not why ESPN is having trouble. They can keep that up forever and basically break even in these regards. Considering some of the other events they put on ESPN2 (like Angry Ocelot Shaving or Crazy Coupon Clipping challenges) the WNBA more than holds its own on ESPN2. The concern is that there are speculations that ESPN2 will go off the air in the next couple years, as the station as a whole is proving to be very unprofitable and the bottom line is getting worse by the day. IF ESPN2 goes off the air would there be time slots available on ESPN regular for WNBA games? I'm not sure of that. I don't think another major network would pick them up either. Lifetime tried and it was not a good result for them. Of course the FS regional channels would be more than happy to broadcast the games but would they be able/willing to pay 1 million per team per year? They are not working with anywhere near as deep as pockets as ESPN (Disney). The times they are a changing. Who would have thought twenty years ago we would be talking about the disaster that ESPN is? Guys across America lived for SPORTSCENTER.


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PostPosted: 06/09/18 9:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I would totally watch Angry Ocelot Shaving. As long as the ocelot is given a fair chance.



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PostPosted: 06/09/18 10:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I got that idea off of a MAD Magazine article that was making fun of ESPN's questionable programming choices many years ago.


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PostPosted: 06/10/18 11:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There are other markets for the WNBA: FS1, NBCSN, the second CBS channel.

I would imagine at least one of those network affiliated outlets will stick around, and the WNBA is relatively cheap programming during a time when the only competition is baseball, a hugely regional sport.

And it is hard for me to see ESPN going from four or five outlets to just one, though stranger things have happened.



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PostPosted: 06/10/18 3:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

josephkramer44 wrote:
I got that idea off of a MAD Magazine article that was making fun of ESPN's questionable programming choices many years ago.


As The Simpsons have shown many times, some of the things you can jokingly predict, will actually come true.

I’m old enough to remember in the late-60’s when Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In one had a sketch called “News Of The Future”. The audience laughed at the suggestion that Ronald Reagan (who was then the Governor Of California) would be President and the Berlin Wall would come down.



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PostPosted: 06/14/18 8:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Washington-Connecticut averaged 218,000 viewers.
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