Downloads up 50% in a Year
ESPN Podcasts set a new record for monthly downloads in September 2018 with 39.3 million IAB compliant downloads, breaking the record of 36.0 million set in May 2018.
The data was measured by RawVoice. According to ESPN, those numbers show a 50% increase compared to September 2017. In addition, ESPN Podcasts tallied a total of 5.47 million US Unique Audience, as measured by Podtrac, which is a 36% increase vs. September 2017.
Fantasy Focus Football is ESPN's leading podcast with almost 4.6 million total IAB compliant downloads, averaging nearly 162,000 IAB compliant downloads per episode. These numbers include fans who now watch the recording of the podcast, which is streamed live on Twitter.
Overall, the list of top podcast includes many ESPN Radio and television shows. The Dan LeBatard Show led the way with 8.2 million downloads, followed by Fantasy Focus Football, then First Take and 538: Politics at 2.8 million, Pardon the Interruption with a new monthly record of 2.7 million, Golic & Wingo at 2.2 million, Jalen & Jacoby at 1.3 and The Stephen A. Smith Show at 1.2 million.