Specifically, in 2015, the ESPN audience on average skewed Republican across all dayparts, ranging from 12% more Republican (Early News, Late Fringe, Overnight) to 21% more Republican than Democratic (Early Morning).
In 2016, every daypart on ESPN became less conservative, with Daytime being only 2% more Republican than Democratic, while Late Fringe and Overnight programming became 10% and 12% more Democratic than Republican – a 22 and 28 point shift, respectively.
The same is true across other ESPN properties. ESPN2 skewed Republican across most dayparts in 2015; in 2016 all dayparts skewed Democratic. Every daypart also switched on ESPN News from 2015 to 2016.
ESPNU was the only network that retained its mostly Republican audience. ESPN Deportes – the network’s Spanish language channel – became even more Democratic in 2016 than it already was in 2015.
Maybe shitting all over half your prospective audience isn't a good idea, eh? I know that I've watched less football last year than in any year previous, thanks to the NFL allowing that shithead in San Fran to disrespect the flag while threatening a O-line from Tennessee if he wore cleats commemorating September 11th.
Oh wait, Kaepernick isn't in San Fran anymore, is he? In fact, he doesn't have a job at all, does he? You want to know why? Because no owner and GM wants that kind of bullshit and the negative attention that goes with it on their team. Because most folks in the NFL understand just how fucking lucky they are to live in a country that makes them fantastically rich while playing a fucking game. But this is still the NFL, which seems to love pushing Leftist causes while threatening players who dare put their dad's name on their eyeblack. So, really, screw 'em.
On top of me not watching sports, if I do go find some sports news I refuse to get it from ESPN. I'll listen to the local ESPN channel here in Richmond in the morning, because that's the local guy doing the local sports thing. Any of their syndicated shows get turned off, because fuck ESPN for being a proggie shitstain on America's underwear.
So yes, ESPN's viewership became far more Leftist. But that's not because Leftist viewers were flocking to ESPN while the Right cut their cable. The Right stopped watching ESPN, and nobody filled that void. Which means ESPN laid off 100 people this week. Oh well. The only one I recognized was Trent Dilfer, because he used to QB the Seahawks. All the rest? Don't know 'em. Because I don't watch ESPN.