Thursday, May 4, 2017
National TV Viewership Dips, Sports Holds
For the year so far, Pivotal Research Group reports that year-to-date, national TV sports programming viewing is off just 1%, according to MediaPost.
“Live sports viewing has held up, despite ratings declines,” writes Brian Wieser, senior research analyst at Pivotal. Over the past year, he says, all nationally rated sports viewing on a live-plus same-day basis, and on a live-plus seven-day basis, was up by 5% in 2016 over 2015. Excluding Olympics, sports viewing was down 3%.
For the current year, Disney TV networks sports programming has declined 4% so far. NBCUniversal has lost 9%.
Overall, year-to-year, Disney commands a 35% share of all national sports viewing; NBCU, 14%; CBS, 13%; and Fox, 11%.
During the most recent week, the NBA has been the biggest individual sports network in terms of viewing, commanding a 26% all due to the playoffs. Viewing is up 7% for the year -- including the NBA Playoffs -- over the year before.
Football programming had a 19% share of viewing, due to the college football draft. What Pivotal called ‘sports commentaries’ -- sports news and information programming -- was at a 17% share. Pivotal says this programming continues to generally decline in share -- accounting for 29% of sports viewing in 2016; 35% in 2012; and 33% in 2010.
Motor sports had for 9% of viewing recently; baseball and hockey each with 7% of viewing; and soccer, 6% of viewing.
Posted 4:09:00 AM