• January 23, 2022

ESPN: All-Star Game ratings up 20 percent from last year

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Top Markets || Attendance History

The 2018 All-Star Game, televised by ABC on Saturday, was the highest rated All-Star Game since 2018. The viewership was up 20 percent from last year’s All-Star and had an 0.6 overnight rating per Nielsen data.

The game also averaged 709,000 viewers, up 17 percent year over year.

Top Markets
Host city Minneapolis and Hartford/New Haven had the top local market rating.  The top 10 markets:

Rank Markets Rating
1 Minneapolis-St. Paul 1.6
Hartford & New Haven 1.6
3 Oklahoma City 1.5
4 Norfolk 1.4
San Antonio 1.4
6 Charlotte 1.2
7 Greenville 1.1
8 Washington, DC 1.0
9 Nashville 0.9
10 Columbus, OH 0.8

ABC is a part of the Disney-ABC Television Group. The group holds an 80 percent controlling stake in ESPN.

Notes from the All-Star Game: Friday || Saturday 

AT&T Center in San Antonio during the 2011 WNBA All-Star game.

All-Star Game Attendance History

July 14, 1999Madison Square Garden (New York City)West 79, East 6118,649Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
July 17, 2000America West Arena (Phoenix)West 73, East 6117,717Tina Thompson, Houston Comets
July 16, 2001TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando)West 80, East 7216,906Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
July 15, 2002MCI Center (Washington D.C.)West 81, East 7619,487Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
July 12, 2003Madison Square Garden (New York City)West 84, East 7518,610Nikki Teasley, Los Angeles Sparks
July 9, 2005Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)West 122, East 999,168Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets
July 12, 2006Madison Square Garden (New York City)East 98, West 8212,998Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun
July 15, 2007Verizon Center (Washington D.C.)East 103, West 9919,487Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock
July 25, 2009Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)West 130, East 1189,518Swin Cash, Seattle Storm
July 10, 2010Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)USA Basketball 99, WNBA Stars 729,518Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
July 23, 2011AT&T Center (San Antonio)East 118, West 11312,540Swin Cash, Seattle Storm
July 27, 2013Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)West 102, East 989,323Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
July 19, 2014US Airways Center (Phoenix)East 125, West 12414,685Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
July 25, 2015Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)West 117, East 1128,214Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
July 22, 2017KeyArena (Seattle)West 130, East 12115,221Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
July 28, 2018Target Center (Minneapolis)Team Parker 119, Team Delle Donne 11215,922Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
July 27, 2019Mandalay Bay Events Center (Las Vegas)
*In 2010, in advance of the FIBA World Championship, and in 2004, prior to the Athens Olympics, the U.S. Women’s National Team, comprised primarily of WNBA players, squared off against a team of WNBA stars in an exhibition match.  No game was held in 2008, 2012 or 2016 prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio, respectively.

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