ESPN Digital Media: No. 1 in Sports Category in January

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ESPN Digital Media: No. 1 in Sports Category in January

ESPN Digital Media accounted for 29% of all sports category usage across digital platforms in January, nearly three times the average audience of No. 2 Yahoo! Sports, and more than the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 sports properties combined, according to comScore’s Multi Platform (Beta) data released Monday.

ESPN was No. 1 in the sports category across all key metrics, including average minute audience, unique visitors and total minutes of usage. Other results from the January comScore Multi-Platform (Beta) report:

  • In total ESPN digital properties attracted 62.6 million unique visitors, logging 4.97 billion minutes of usage.
  • 39% of ESPN’s unique users – 24.2 million people – exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets, and 41% of all time spent with ESPN digital content came from mobile device users.
  • 111,351 people used ESPN digital properties on computers, smartphones and tablets in the average minute throughout January.

Additional results from ESPN Research and Analytics:

  • ESPN sent 2.1 billion alerts in January, up 107% from a year ago.
  • Users watched 292 million ESPN digital video clips in January. 73% were viewed on computers, 16% on mobile devices and 10% on YouTube.1
  • Viewers spent 437 million minutes with WatchESPN and ESPN3 live and replay programming across computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles.  Smartphones and tablets accounted for 22% of that time spent viewing.1

Across social media, ESPN television content generated 13.0 million social comments, making it the “most social” cable network and the second most social TV network overall in January.2  Other key social media metrics:

  • ESPN ended January with 8.3 million Facebook fans, while the SportsCenter Facebook page totaled 6.6 million fans.3
  • 1.8 million people engaged with the ESPN Facebook page (liked a post, shared a story, left a comment), and 2.1 million engaged with the SportsCenter page.3
  • 14.8 million people were reached by ESPN page content on Facebook; 11.7 million by SportsCenter page content. 3
  • ESPN’s top 5 Twitter accounts in January were @ESPN (5.8 million followers), @SportsCenter (4.3MM), @adamschefter (2.0MM), @billsimmons (1.9MM) and @SportsNation (1.6MM).  The @ESPN and @SportsCenter accounts were retweeted, favorited or replied to 1.2 million times during the month.4
  • ESPN video content on YouTube generated 30 million views.5

1 Source: Adobe Site Catalyst

2 Source: Bluefin Signals

3 Source: Facebook Insight

4 Source: Twitter

5 Source: YouTube

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