NBA vs. NHL: Attendance and Ratings In Markets Where Teams Compete

Editor’s Note: A lot of posts have been done as far as local ratings and comparing teams in markets.  We’re going to look at ratings and attendance (in terms of %capacity filled) in markets where two or more teams compete.  For our purposes, New Jersey will be separated from New York, though New Jersey operates under the New York television market.  Capacity is different from attendance, so take it with a grain of salt.

New York

Ratings
Knicks  -
0.95
Rangers – 0.89

Attendance
Rangers – 99.3% Capacity
Knicks –
98.7% Capacity

New Jersey

Ratings
Devils –
0.58
Nets – 0.29

Attendance
Devils –
88.2% capacity
Nets – 69.1% capacity

Los Angeles

Ratings
Lakers –
3.54
Kings – 0.48
Clippers – 0.44

Attendance
Lakers –
99.7% capacity
Kings – 93.6% capacity
Clippers – 85.7% capacity

Chicago

Ratings
Blackhawks – 2.45
Bulls – 2.35

Attendance
Blackhawks – 108.3% capacity
Bulls – 99.1% capacity

Philadelphia

Ratings
Flyers – 2.18
76ers – 1.24

Attendance
Flyers – 100.2% capacity
76ers – 70.0% capacity

Dallas

Ratings
Mavericks – 2.41
Stars – 0.74

Attendance
Mavericks – 104.1% capacity
Stars – 92.9% capacity

Bay Area

Ratings
Warriors – 1.35
Sharks – 1.11

Attendance
Sharks – 100.4%
Warriors – 92.0%

Boston

Ratings
Celtics – 3.11
Bruins – 2.18

Attendance
Bruins – 99.0%
Celtics – 97.6%

Atlanta

Ratings
Hawks – 1.93/1.66
Thrashers – 0.33

Attendance
Hawks – 88.3% capacity
Thrashers – 73.4% capacity

Washington

Ratings
Capitals –
1.60
Wizards – 1.18

Attendance
Capitals –
100.0%
Wizards – 80.3%

Detroit

Ratings
Red Wings –
4.21
Pistons – 1.98

Attendance
Red Wings –
97.4% capacity
Pistons – 84.9% capacity

Phoenix

Ratings
Suns –
3.18
Coyotes – 0.62

Attendance
Suns –
95.8% capacity
Coyotes – 68.5% capacity

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Ratings
Wild –
1.67
Timberwolves – 0.75

Attendance
Wild –
101.9% capacity
Timberwolves – 78.0% capacity

Denver

Ratings
Nuggets –
2.78
Avalanche – 1.56

Attendance
Nuggets –
93.9% capacity
Avalanche – 77.5% capacity

Miami

Ratings
Heat –
2.48
Panthers – 0.25

Attendance
Heat –
90.5%
Panthers – 78.7%

Markets Where Hockey Defeats Basketball
Ratings: 6
Attendance: 9
Both:
6

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5 Responses to NBA vs. NHL: Attendance and Ratings In Markets Where Teams Compete

  1. kevin says:

    I think you are overdoing it with the NBA vs NHL stuff. Honestly, I could care less about basketball or who watches it. That goes for most of the other sports as well. It’s not like they are going to hand out a gold medal if the NHL beats the NBA or whoever. There are more BB fans than hockey fans. That is just a fact of life…or a fact of nature more like. I can live with it

  2. nosferatu says:

    A couple points:

    - I can’t help but wonder if the shift of the Sharks from CSN-Bay Area to CSN-California this year hurt the ratings a bit. From what I’ve seen and heard, it’s one of those situations where the channel isn’t available for some or is off in the stratosphere of channels, meaning (like with Versus on some systems) people aren’t channel surfing and finding and stopping on the games.

    - One thing about the comparison between basketball vs. hockey audiences is that hockey fans, on average, have higher incomes than basketball fans (and baseball or football for that matter), which would give hockey a bump in terms of advertising, I’d think.

    • Josh says:

      nosferatu :
      - One thing about the comparison between basketball vs. hockey audiences is that hockey fans, on average, have higher incomes than basketball fans (and baseball or football for that matter), which would give hockey a bump in terms of advertising, I’d think.

      Shorter version: almost no black people like hockey.

  3. Patrick says:

    a lot of stories from SportsMediawatch…eh…

  4. John says:

    Interesting article, thanks for posting. Shows the NHL is larger than most people think.

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