How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – August 2017 Cable Coverage Estimates

August 2, 2017

Nielsen typically updates its universe estimates in late August/early September for the coming TV season, so I wanted to post the last set of cable coverage estimates under the current estimates. I plan on posting the first set of #s under the new universe estimates in late August or early September. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple…


How to use Facebook’s mostly-meaningless reach stats and still do some factual ratings reporting

June 12, 2017

I’m picking on Axios because the first sentence of its Mission Statement is: “We are a new media company delivering vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating and shareable ways possible. “ At least in one instance they aren’t coming close. In its reporting of Facebook’s streaming statistics versus the TV numbers, Axios wrote: Parts of fired FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday Senate testimony were seen by 89…


Ratings delays

March 14, 2017

Update Monday, March 20, 2017: Nielsen is back on its regular schedule, but I have yet to see full data for last Monday-Thursday tables (final #s through Thursday have been released. Friday #s won’t be out until this afternoon). Hopefully I will see them today or tomorrow (Tuesday) and get back on track w/a normal posting schedule. Months ago when planning the annual TVbytheNumbers founders reunion* (neither of us is…


How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – March 2017 Cable Coverage Estimates

March 7, 2017

It’s always better to view these numbers over time as a directional trend than to take any one particular month seriously, but the trend is down, down, down and March was no exception. March outliers: NBCSN gaining a million+ households. This is probably because of the new deal w/DirecTV though per Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, that was to have added about 3 million homes so keep your eye out…


How many more homes is ESPN in than FS1? – February 2017 Cable Coverage Estimates

January 31, 2017

Networks (not just sports networks) continued to shed homes in Nielsen’s February cable coverage estimates.. Among sports networks FS2 was the only network to not suffer drops versus the December estimates. And for the first time in recent memory, ESPN actually increased its lead over FS1 in household coverage because FS1’s losses outpaced ESPN’s. Over the past year or so FS1 had managed to gain ground on ESPN simply by…


How many more homes is ESPN in than FS1? – December 2016 Cable Coverage Estimates

November 28, 2016

I’ve been following Nielsen’s cable coverage estimates for nearly a decade. Usually it’s best to focus on the long term trend and ignore month-to-month differences. The long term trend is down and none of the networks dispute that, but the acceleration of the declines for many of the networks over the last few months has been eye-popping. Two tables below: first is the change versus the September estimates, second is the…


Happy Thanksgiving! (Ratings delays)

November 23, 2016

Due to holiday/vacation I won’t be posting cable viewership data tables on the site until Monday, November 28. Then, due to Nielsen delays related to the holiday, things probably won’t be fully caught up until the middle of next week i.e. I probably won’t have the Saturday & Sunday cable viewership data that’s normally available on Tuesdays until Wednesday, December 2. I’ll try to post any Thanksgiving-related overnight NFL numbers and any…