NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Univision Deportes, the undisputed home of soccer, regardless of language, announced that the leading No. 1 Spanish-language sports network, Univision Deportes Network (UDN), delivered record-breaking ratings and double-digit growth this first quarter in key metrics for its sports content across media platforms. UDN finished the first quarter as the No. 3 sports network, regardless of language, during primetime among Adults 18-49, besting FOX Sports 1, ESPN2, NFL Network, and NBA TV, among others. This is the sixth straight year of growth for UDN and the fourth time it has ranked as the No. 3 sports network in primetime among Adults 18-49 for a quarter.
“Univision Deportes has transformed into one of the country’s leading sports media brands with the strongest live soccer portfolio in America. Couple that with the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network for the last six years, we have certainly made our mark within the sports industry,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes. “These first quarter results are a testament to the hard work and dedication our team delivers every day, ensuring that our viewers are receiving the best-in-class sports content. We look forward to bringing our fanáticos more of their favorite leagues, teams and players, all under one roof, throughout 2018.”
Driving the wins this quarter is Liga MX. On UDN, Liga MX averaged 326,000 Total Viewers 2+ and 191,000 Adults 18-49. In fact, Liga MX on UDN is up 79% versus NBA on NBA TV and 68% versus NHL on NBCSN. Additionally, Liga MX on Univision Network averaged 938,000 Total Viewers 2+ and 507,000 Adults 18-49. Univision Deportes’ robust rights portfolio including MLS, the Mexican National Team (MNT), the U.S. Men’s National team (USMNT), CONCACAF Champions League, Bundesliga, and Formula 1, among others, also contributed to UDN’s first quarter wins.
Univision Deportes launched UDN in April 2012, and since then it has become one of the most successful sports channels in the U.S. and the fastest-growing sports network, regardless of language, in primetime. Throughout 2018, over 50% of all soccer consumption in the U.S. has been viewed through the networks of Univision as well as the top 20 soccer matches.
Source: Nielsen, NPM, Live data.
About Univision Deportes
Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights includes all 18 teams in Liga MX, the Mexican National Team, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, Copa MX, Copa Centroamericana, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in Mexico, FC Barcelona TV and Bayern Munich TV, Mexico’s Campeón de Campeones and SúperCopa MX, Formula 1 and Combate Américas. Univision Deportes is also the exclusive home to shows such as Premios Univision Deportes, Liga MX Balón de Oro, Zona NBA, República Deportiva and Contacto Deportivo – one of the highest-rated Spanish-language sports studio shows in the U.S. – and delivers comprehensive coverage across platforms on all the latest from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and world of boxing.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a chief content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country, available in approximately 90% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 84% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; as well as an investment in El Rey Network, a general entertainment English-language cable network; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 58 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live streaming subscription service; Univision.com, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; and Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content. The Company also includes the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division that serves young, diverse audiences. FMG includes news and lifestyle English-language cable network FUSION TV, and a collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle (Lifehacker), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), news and politics (Splinter), African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), and car culture (Jalopnik). FMG also includes the Company’s interest in comedy and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole and The A.V. Club. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.