The long-running popularity contest that has pitted US cable and satellite broadcasters against one another has seen the winners of the 2015 contest crowned.
But for the fourth year running, the top spot has gone to US-based cable network ESPN, whose dominance over cable networks in the US has been particularly impressive.
“The most recent winners of this contest were ESPN, who has captured more than 90% of the market share in the past five years,” says David Dziewalski, senior research analyst for Nielsen.
“This is an incredible achievement by ESPN, and the network will continue to build on its dominant position in the United States for the foreseeable future.”
In fact, it was the network’s success in 2014 that made it a clear winner of the contest, with the network winning almost 40% of all the viewers for the contest and having a 30% share of total viewers for 2016.
The US-born network has become the largest and most valuable cable network in the world and has continued to expand in recent years.
In 2016, ESPN launched a new online subscription service called ESPN Plus that offers access to ESPN’s original programming as well as its local sports content, as well.
The competition has been a tough one for ESPN, which has had to compete with other networks like HBO, CNN and Univision.
The 2016 winners were ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC. “
Our subscribers will be able to stream a large range of content, from ESPN’s popular shows like The Journey and The Bachelorette to our other sports programming like NBA Countdown, NBA Game Night and MLB.tv.”ESPN’s presence on cable networks is the only thing keeping the network in third place.
The 2016 winners were ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC.
ABC is the biggest winner in the competition with more than 50% of viewers, while Fox had a 23% share and NBC had 19%.
The other big winners were ESPN’s local sports coverage, which earned 22% of viewership in 2016, followed by ESPN’s sports programming (18%), and ESPN’s top news programs (17%).
“The fact that ESPN is a national leader in sports and the networks that deliver sports programming to millions of viewers is one of the reasons why it is so important for advertisers to be confident that their advertising will get the best possible exposure on ESPN,” said Mike McCaffrey, senior vice president for news and editorial for ESPN.
The top-rated cable network of 2016 was ESPN, followed closely by HBO and Univison.
In 2016, viewers for ESPN Plus saw a 12% jump over 2015, with a 24% increase from the previous year.ESPN also saw a 25% increase in total viewers, with an overall increase of 19%.ESPN is the third largest cable network, behind the networks CBS and Fox.
In terms of total subscribers, ESPN is at just over 17 million.