By comparison, the Hawks averaged a 1.35 rating in the 2008-09 season, when they got a boost with their first regular-season winning record in 10 years.
The only team with a larger percentage drop than the Hawks in local ratings this season through telecasts of late January, according to the Sports Business Journal study, was Washington, down 34 percent to 0.96. Matching the Hawks’ decline was New Orleans, down 33 percent to a 1.11 rating.
The biggest gain was posted by defending NBA champion Golden State, up 120 percent to an 8.42 rating in its local market. Cleveland posted the highest local rating at 9.44.
The rating represents the number of homes out of every 100 in the market that watched the game telecasts on average.
The Hawks, who have a 31-24 record, will return to action from the All-Star break on Friday night at Philips Arena against Miami.