Last week, we asked you what channels you actually watch on YouTube TV, as the service has ramped up in both cost and number of channels. Let’s take a look at what you told us.
In all honesty, the subject of how many YouTube TV channels people actually watch came up as a conversation topic among 9to5Google staff. Some of us believed that the average person probably only watches content from about five channels, with those specific channels varying wildly from person to person.
Last weekend, we turned the question to you, our readers, to learn what channels you watch on YouTube TV. For the purposes of our survey, a watched channel includes one that is watched live, through DVR, or on-demand. With over 5,000 responses received, we’re incredibly thankful to all of those who took the time for our survey.
The most interesting statistic, to us, is that from 5,866 respondents subscribed to YouTube TV, our survey received 5,797 unique combinations of channels watched. From this, one could argue that no singular channel package could ever be perfect for everyone.
Number of channels watched
While our own predictions put the estimated number of channels watched somewhere around 5, the actual average turns out to be 18, with a median of 16. Some respondents even claimed to watch over 80 different channels on YouTube TV!
Most watched channels
It should come as no surprise that the top four most commonly watched channels on YouTube TV are four of the five major broadcast networks: CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX, in that order. The fifth-major broadcast network, The CW, landed significantly lower, in the 37th slot.
Setting aside the broadcast networks, the list of most watched YouTube TV channels segments strongly toward sports, with ESPN and ESPN 2 in the 5th and 7th slots, respectively, followed by FS1 in 9th place. In 6th place and 8th place are TNT and TBS, two Turner channels that pair their original content with games from the NBA, MLB, NCAA, and more.
For an interesting slice into the networks that are truly essential to some, let’s look specifically at the most watched channels for those who only watch between one and five channels. Setting aside the major broadcast networks and ESPN, this group sees news networks like CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC reach the upper ranks for essential channels.
Least watched channels
Of course, there’s also the bottom of the pack, the channels that the fewest 9to5Google readers claimed to actively watch on YouTube TV.
YouTube TV Add-ons
In addition to the base set of channels that YouTube TV offers, subscribers can also purchase add-ons for the service, adding either more channels or the contents of an entire streaming service.
By far and away, according to our poll, the most popular add-on for YouTube TV subscribers is HBO Max, with over 15% of respondents having the service either as a standalone add-on or as part of the YouTube TV Entertainment Plus bundle. Not counting the bundled subscribers, HBO Max is over three times as popular as add-ons like STARZ and Showtime.
Meanwhile, the most popular add-on bundle for YouTube TV is the Sports Plus package, which brings together seven additional sports networks.
More on YouTube TV:
- New YouTube TV ‘Store’ highlights what channels you can subscribe to on televisions
- YouTube TV adds 7 remaining Viacom channels as base package now at 104 networks
- YouTube TV subscribers can now add MLB.TV
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