How many more homes is ESPN in than FS1 and NBC Sports Network? (February 2016 edition)


Here is the latest update of the Nielsen cable coverage estimates for the cable sports networks. The estimates are for the total number of U.S. homes the channels are available in out of the 116.4 million TV homes that Nielsen estimates for the current TV season. I’m also including the percentage change since July which was the last time I posted the estimates.

It’s not in the chart below, but as of the February 2016 estimates TNT, which airs NBA games, is in 92.681 million homes, about a 2% advantage over ESPN according to Nielsen.

Nielsen cable (includes satellite & telco services) coverage estimates for the cable sports networks as of February 2016:

Network nameEstimated # of Homes (000)Coverage %July 2015 Estimate Change vs July 2015
BEIN SPORT 25,16121.618,16138.5%
ESPN 90,98878.292,940-2.1%
ESPN2 90,87978.192,855-2.1%
ESPNU 70,73360.873,091-3.2%
FOX DEPORTES 22,09919.021,5342.6%
FS1 84,16672.384,309-0.2%
FS2 50,80143.646,6598.9%
GOLF CHANNEL 76,47765.778,299-2.3%
MLB NETWORK 66,01856.768,342-3.4%
NBA-TV 53,38445.955,785-4.3%
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 83,02271.383,874-1.0%
NFL NETWORK 69,63459.870,466-1.2%
UNIVISION DEPORTES 47,09340.544,2216.5%


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