Panic FREE FALL: NBA Approaching Historic Ratings Lows The NBA is hemorrhaging viewers a total ratings disaster, ABC drops 45 percent since 2011-12, TNT drops 40%, ESPN following TNT falls 20%
Viewership for NBA’s games is 2.83 million, according to The Athletic. In comparison, episodes of, The Blacklist, average about 3.3 million viewers, while, The Good Doctor, averages over four million.
Historically, sports out earns any regular TV series.
The NBA’s has collapsed this may not surprise many. Recent polls finding basketball fans feel the league’s become far too immersed in politics.
A Harris poll found that 39 percent of sports fans feel the NBA had become too political.
19 percent said that they had turned off pro basketball because of the NBA’s deep links to China.
But reactions to those displays of leftism may have alarmed NBC Commissioner Adam Silver because the league boss claimed that this season would dispense with the more overt displays of support for BLM.
“My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor. And, I understand those people who are saying, ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game,’” Silver said last October.
Silver’s realizations may have come too late as the ratings tumble continues.