In 2015, ESPN Repeats as Cable’s Best in Prime Time


In 2015, ESPN Repeats as Cable’s Best in Prime Time

Again Leads Cable in Total Day for Key Male Demos
ESPN’s Total Day Average Audience is 25% Larger than all non-ESPN Sports Networks Combined

In 2015, ESPN repeated as the top cable network in prime time among households and viewers (P2+), an accomplishment first achieved in 2014.

ESPN also repeated previous yearly bests as cable’s best among all key men/adult demos. On a Total Day basis, ESPN ranked first among full-time cable nets with M18+, M18-34, M18-49, M25-54, plus P18-49, and P25-54.

In 2015, ESPN aired 18 of cable’s top 27 most-viewed shows in terms of household impressions (12 of the top 27 in P2+).

With an average total-day audience of 900,963 viewers, ESPN outdrew all non-ESPN sports networks by 25 percent (719,425).

All-Time Cable History
In cable history, with the three College Football Playoff games from last January atop the list, ESPN has televised 49 of the 54 most-viewed telecasts (excluding breaking news) of all time in terms of household impressions (45 of the top 55 in terms of P2+). All 49 are college football or Monday Night Football; three of the other five are presidential debates this year.

Multi-Media Reach
In September across TV, PC, Smartphone, Tablet, and Radio, ESPN media reached 203 million Persons 18+ (82.4% of U.S.) and 134 million P18+ in the average week, and 55 million P18+ in the average day. (Source: September 2015 comScore Project Blueprint)


Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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