What are the top dozen television channels that people watch for sports content?

In the Center’s study of sports fan behavior and media use, we asked respondents, all of whom followed at least one sport in season, which sports channels they currently watched.

At the top of the list was ESPN with 75% of respondents watching. In addition, ESPN2 was viewed by 52%, and ESPNEWS 23%.

ESPN was followed in popularity by the major broadcast networks: FOX (69%), CBS (65%), NBC (64%), and ABC (63%).

CBS Sports Network was on the television menu for 41%, FOX Sports 1 36%, and TNT/TBS 32%.

League networks were also represented in the top dozen with the NFL Network garnering 37%, and both the MLB Network and the NBA Network were watched by 20% of respondents.


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September 17, 2018