ESPN annihilates competition, NFL Network takes 2nd in cable sports network TV ratings rankings for the week ending September 20, 2015

 

With the benefit of two Monday Night Football games added to the mix, ESPN widened its distance from the rest of the pack. And although ~80% of the viewing for Thursday Night Football happens on CBS rather than NFL Network, the 20% plus coverage of the NFL season’s first week was enough to propel NFL Network to second place both in primetime and total day viewing.

Primetime rankings for the week ending September 20, 2015:

Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000)
ESPN 4318  1,987
NFLN 689  389
ESP2 449  201
FS1 198  67
MLBN 195  60
NBCS 190  37
ESNU 139  57
UDN 109  65
GOLF 104  22
ENN 92  40
FOXD 50  28
NBAT 46  18
FS2 31  16
BEIN 10  3

Total Day:

Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000)
ESPN  1,515 781
NFLN  272 153
ESP2  260 132
NBCS  197 57
GOLF  125 20
FS1  110 44
MLBN  96 35
ESNU  72 30
ENN  59 30
UDN  41 24
FOXD  33 19
FS2  22 10
NBAT  21 9
BEIN  10 5


As of July 2015, here are the Nielsen coverage estimates for the sports networks listed above:

Network name Estimated # of Homes (000) Coverage %
BEIN SPORT 18,161 15.6
ESPN 92,940 79.8
ESPN CLASSIC 25,191 21.6
ESPN2 92,855 79.8
ESPNEWS 71,293 61.2
ESPNU 73,091 62.8
FOX DEPORTES 21,534 18.5
FOX SPORTS 1 (Formerly SPEED) 84,309 72.4
FOX SPORTS 2 (Formerly FUEL) 46,659 40.1
GOLF CHANNEL 78,299 67.3
MLB NETWORK 68,342 58.7
NBA-TV 55,785 47.9
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 83,874 72.1
NFL NETWORK 70,466 60.5
UNIVISION DEPORTES 44,221 38.0

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