ESPN, ESPN2 top cable sports network TV ratings rankings for the week ending October 4, 2015

October 6, 2015

In viewership ESPN2, helped by strong performance from Saturday’s Arkansas-Tennessee game, was back ahead of NFL Network in primetime though NFL Network still had a small edge with adults under 50 years old. Primetime rankings for the week ending October 4, 2015: Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000) ESPN 3045  1,378 ESP2 819  315 NFLN 607  326 FS1 268  135 ESNU 149  58 MLBN 144  55 NBCS 110  37 UDN 101  55 ENN…

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ESPN again thumps competition, NFL Network 2nd in primetime again in cable sports network TV ratings rankings for the week ending September 27, 2015

September 29, 2015

Not much change in the rankings at the top week-to-week though ESPN2 did climb back into second in total day rankings and NBC Sports Network moved back ahead of Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network in primetime. Primetime rankings for the week ending September 27, 2015: Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000) ESPN 3103  1,330 NFLN 584  313 ESP2 560  196 NBCS 214  41 FS1 186  80 MLBN 165  60…

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

September 22, 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…

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ESPN, ESPN2 again thump the competition in cable sports network TV ratings rankings for the week ending September 13, 2015

September 15, 2015

ESPN and ESPN2 again easily distanced themselves from the competition and the Monday Night Football boost doesn’t come until next week’s rankings! NASCAR led NBC Sports Network to a better week. In primetime, MLB Network edged out Fox Sports 1 in viewership though Fox Sports 1 had the edge with younger adults 18-49. Primetime rankings for the week ending September 13, 2015: Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000) ESPN 3748…

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ESPN, ESPN2 dominate sports network rankings for the week ending September 6, 2015

September 9, 2015

Fueled by college football and U.S. Open Tennis, ESPN and ESPN2 easily took the top-two spots in the cable sports network rankings for the week. A pretty woeful week for NBC Sports Network which was beaten by sibling Golf Channel , ESPN U, ESPN News and MLB Network in primetime viewership and didn’t fare much better in total day viewing. Primetime rankings for the week ending September 6, 2015: Net Viewers…

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NFL Network wins primetime, 2nd in total day viewing in cable sports network rankings for the week ending August 16, 2015

August 18, 2015

Yep, even meaningless NFL games move the ratings needle. ESPN still managed to come out on top among the cable sports nets in total day viewing, but NFL Network came out on top in primetime. Primetime rankings for the week ending August 16, 2015: Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000) NFLN 1076  483 ESPN 974  349 MLBN 237  97 ESP2 228  75 NBCS 195  43 FS1 183  73 GOLF 173…

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ESPN Wins, ESPN2 back in 2nd in primetime in sports network rankings for the week ending August 9, 2015

August 11, 2015

As is almost always the case ESPN scored victories for the week in total viewers and adults 18-49 both in primetime and for the total day average. In primetime, ESPN2 rose to 2nd place for the first time in several weeks though NBCSN edged out ESPN2 for total viewers in total day viewing though in total day averages ESPN2 beat NBCSN with younger, advertiser-coveted adults. Primetime rankings for the week ending…

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ESPN wins again but the real challenge for ESPN these days is ESPN2 – sports network rankings for the week ending August 2, 2015

August 4, 2015

Sure, the departure of big known names like Simmons and Olbermann are bound to grab a lot more page views than boring ratings stats, but it seems like not a single story focusing on the challenges for ESPN has noted how routinely ESPN2 is getting beaten by other sports networks this summer. Last week was no exception. While the ESPN mothership led, as it almost always does, in primetime and…

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