How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – March 2018 Cable Coverage Estimates

February 27, 2018

To answer the question in the headline, according to Nielsen, as of the March cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 3.02 million more homes in the USA than FS1. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple question to answer. The answer was “no.” Some people didn’t like it but it was simple! December 2016 was the last…


Episode 49: Mina Kimes, ESPN

February 13, 2018

Mina recently wrote a great piece on NFL ratings ( if you don’t see a hypertext link you can find the piece at: ) and we talked about it. At the end of the podcast we also talk about this: (if you can’t see the embedded video you can find it here: ) You can find Mina on Twitter at @MinaKimes Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple…


What’s the value of the out of home viewers? We’ll find out with the next Super Bowl. Maybe.

February 9, 2018

Late Thursday NBC Sports PR issued a release saying out of home viewing of Super Bowl LII increased viewership by more than 12 million viewers. NBC even boasted about turning around the out of home viewing numbers so fast: “Out of home” viewership has been previously reported, but never before within four days of a live event. I’m not knocking NBC or Nielsen. In a world where we won’t see Live+7…


Episode 48: Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated

February 6, 2018

  Jimmy Traina was the only person I spoke to before the NFL season who predicted NFL ratings would go down this season. I thought it’d be good to have him on to bookend the season by talking about ratings for the Super Bowl. We also talked about whether there’s anything the NFL can really do on the CTE front, Thursday Night Football moving to Fox, Jimmy’s gambling offseason, his…