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The 2023 NBA All-Star Game Hit A Record-Low In Ratings, Down 29% From Last Season

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Team Giannis took home the 184-175 victory vs Team LeBron this past Sunday in the 72nd annual all-star game. Players and coaches around the league were displeased with the effort level of certain players who participated. Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and Boston Celtic’s two-time all-star Jaylen Brown voiced their opinions publicly. The numbers are now public on the ratings for the all-star game and they hit an all-time low this season. 

This years all-star game was aired on TNT for the traditional broadcast and also on TBS for a special edition with the Inside the NBA on TNT crew. Star players like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Zion Williamson were all ruled out before the games start. On top of that, both team captains played limited minutes in the all-star game due to injury as well.

It didn’t help that all-star Saturday night was extremely underwhelming and fans might not have wanted to tune in on Sunday. Regardless, the league knows they need to work on this for next season and find a way to get the fans engaged.

The NBA needs to figure out a plan to get viewership up for next year’s all-star festivities

This year’s all-star game averaged a combined 2.2 rating and 4.59 million viewers. Last year the 2022 all-star game averaged a 3.1 (a previous record-low) and 6.28 million viewers. Ratings were down 29 percent and viewership was down 27 percent.

Stat’s from Sports Media Watch say that this was the single-biggest decline for the all-star game since 2000. The 2023 NBA all-star game drew less viewers than the MLB all-star game (7.51 million) and this year’s NFL pro bowl game (6.28).

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone called it the “worst basketball game ever played” and there were plenty who agreed with him. The effort level from some of the players was honestly pathetic and the broadcasters couldn’t help but mention it all game.

They kept saying “Do they know they they’re playing for charity right now?”. Team Giannis clearly gave more of an effort than Team LeBron did and that’s why the got the win. The real issue is how the league is going to fix ratings for the all-star game next season.

Zach Wolpin is an NBA expert and has been betting on the league for over three years now. Wolpin has been a fan of the NBA and has been watching for a decade and a half. He covers the latest news and stories surrounding the league daily. His passion is life is watching sports and being able to share his passion for sports through his writing. He has written about the NBA and other sports leagues through various media outlets over the years. like,, and Before he became an NBA News Writer, Wolpin attended Montclair State University where he graduated in 2021. He studied Sports Media and Writing while in school.

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