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  • NBCSN Sets Viewership Records In Q2; ESPN Up Big From Previous Years

    NBCSN averaged 725,000 viewers in primetime during Q2, marking a record quarterly figure for the cable net. A strong audience for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and first-time carriage of the Winter Olympics helped boost the net’s primetime audience 14% compared to the similar period in ’13. The net's primetime audience also saw records among adults 18-49 and 25-54. NBCSN's total-day audience set a new record as well, with 195,000 viewers. For the first half of the year, NBCSN saw its total-day audience on record, fueled by increases for the NHL, Sochi Games, EPL, F1 and IndyCar. ESPN continued to lead all sports cable nets in Q2 with 1.75 million viewers in primetime, up 28% compared to the same period last year. The net’s Q2 total-day audience, which included a few weeks of daytime FIFA World Cup matches, was up 27% compared to last year and up 20% compared to ’10, when the net last had World Cup coverage. NBA TV also saw a 31% jump in Q2 primetime, fueled by increases during playoff telecasts. MLB Network’s primetime was up 12% compared to ’13, while total-day audience was up 27%. The only sports cable net seeing a sharp decline was FS2, which has seen an audience drop-off compared to what was the old Fuel TV.

    Q2 PRIMETIME VIEWERSHIP
    NETWORK
    '14 (000)
    '13 (000)
    '10 (000)
    ESPN
    1,751
    1,369
    1,345
    NBCSN
    725
    637
    368
    ESPN2
    461
    416
    439
    FS1*
    259
    210
    185
    MLB Network
    208
    186
    78
    Golf Channel
    158
    158
    111
    NFL Network
    132
    115
    75
    NBA TV
    127
    97
    n/a
    ESPNews
    100
    101
    62
    ESPNU
    85
    80
    n/a
    FS2**
    23
    46
    n/a
    Q2 TOTAL-DAY VIEWERSHIP
    NETWORK
    '14 (000)
    '13 (000)
    '10 (000)
    ESPN
    911
    716
    762
    ESPN2
    255
    244
    255
    NBCSN
    195
    155
    105
    Golf Channel
    122
    126
    75
    FS1*
    114
    128
    113
    MLB Network
    105
    83
    38
    NFL Network
    79
    75
    48
    ESPNews
    59
    64
    52
    NBA TV
    59
    52
    n/a
    ESPNU
    46
    44
    n/a
    FS2**
    16
    26
    n/a
     

    NOTES: * = Compared to figures for Speed during Q2 in previous years. ** = FS2 is compared to Fuel TV from previous years.

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