ESPN Loses Another 555,000 Subscribers Per Nielsen | Outkick The Coverage Last month ESPN lost 621,000 subscribers according to Nielsen media estimates, which was the worst month in the company's history. This month things weren't much better -- ESPN lost another 555,000 subscribers according to Nielsen media estimates, meaning that the worst month in the history of ESPN has now been followed up by the second worst month in ESPN history. ESPN has now lost a jawdropping 1.176 million subscribers in the past two months. Precisely why I call bullshit on sports being the saving grace of cable. All the people who don't want to pay for sports are voting with their wallets, and ESPN is the biggest loser. Seems more people don't want sports than those who do, even those that do hate ESPN enough to not pay for it (Sling TV even offers a package without it).