Attendance down, TV ratings up

The swaths of empty rows this season have been a strange sight inside Honda Center, where attendance through five Ducks home games is down significantly. At this point a year ago, the Ducks were averaging 16,995 at home; that figure is now down to 15,253. The building supports 17,174.

Two home games into the 2008-09 season, the club’s home sellout streak ended at 78 games, a span of three seasons. This season has only seen one sellout, on opening night against the San Jose Sharks.

So how are fans getting their Ducks fix? On TV, apparently. The NHL issued a press release today listing the Ducks among three teams (New Jersey and Florida are the others) with triple-digit percentage increases in local TV ratings through the first two weeks.

Perhaps in a down economy, even hockey becomes a TV-friendly sport.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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