Originally Posted by BroadwayBlues
ESPN has more viewers than any other cable channel. The others you watch are worse and suck more than ESPN in your made up "minority of viewers". ESPN is on top of the hill and have more viewers than any other cable network. Number 1 in ratings. Get over it. Why does that bother you so much. You can't miss the weather channel that bad.
OT: I added up the "new custom TV" plan equal to what I have now. I'd be paying $65 more per month for less than what I have now. Slower internet speed too.
ESPN was #1
CABLE NETWORK for 2014 for the first time (and it was NOT by a big margin). USA Network was the leader in 2013. And the total numbers ESPN delivers were dwarfed by what each of the 5 Big Broadcast Networks delivered. (ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/Univision).
What you fail to understand is TV ratings are not based on a January 1st to December 31st date. They are based on the season starting in Fall and running through Summer.
Thus far ESPN has not won a Season.
In fact, Fox News is leading 2015 at this point.
So while ESPN won the CABLE Network ratings for the FIRST TIME EVER in 2014, they may or may not win the 2014-2015 Season, which is all that really matters.
And of course they are the most valuable cable channel. When 100M Households are forced to pay over $7.00 for the entire ESPN package in 2014 (Will be $8 this year) - and less than 20% actually watch it, that means the ESPN package is getting roughly $40 a month in 2014 for those <20%. ($8 * 5 = $40).
Has NOTHING to do with viewers, as cable does not pay a set percent per viewer.
If it did, Broadcast TV would get 35% of your cable bill, instead of roughly $1 per channel.