Twitch Viewership Catches Up To ESPN, CNN & Other Cable Networks

Amazon’s Twitch streaming platform is becoming a giant in the world of viewership.

According to a recent article by Business Insider, Twitch averaged 962,000 total viewers. The article quotes Macquarie Capital analyst Ben Schachter who says, “For comparison, 2017 total day viewership for Fox News Channel and ESPN was ~1.5 million, MSNBC was 885,000, and CNN was 783,000, putting Twitch squarely among the most-watched US cable channels.”

While mainly focusing on the live streaming gaming, the service has branched out recently including showing repats of Bob Ross The Joy Of Painting, and live streaming professional wrestling with promotions such as Impact Wrestling, House of Hardcore, and Wrestle Circus.

As more and more categories appear on the service, Twitch could be poised to compete with YouTube, which has recently come under fire from creators due to Google’s heavy handed censorship practices.

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