How much bigger is ESPN than NBCSN? – April 2018 Cable Coverage Estimates

April 2, 2018

To answer the question in the headline: according to Nielsen as of the April cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 2.536 million more homes in the USA than NBC Sports Network. Frequent readers of this post will note I had to change my headlining scheme because NBCSN surpassed FS1 in coverage.That was true last month too but I missed it. I apologize, NBC Sports! **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING…

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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…

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

January 30, 2018

All of the cable coverage data for the measured networks is below, but to answer the question in the headline since the last time I posted in December, in the January estimates ESPN was in 2.707 million more homes than FS1 and in the February estimates ESPN is in 2.925 million more homes than FS1. But while Fox Sports 1 shed another 328,000 households from January to February (compared to ESPN’s…

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

November 27, 2017

  **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 was the last month that was the case though. Starting with the January estimates the answer changed to “Yes….kind of.” I applaud Nielsen for  plowing ahead though I don’t know that I’d have…

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

October 2, 2017

**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 was the last month that was the case though. Starting with the January estimates the answer changed to “Yes….kind of.” I applaud Nielsen for  plowing ahead though I don’t know that I’d have gone…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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