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Axios Jul 5
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Viewers are abandoning Disney's channels

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"It's not just ESPN" is the to-the-point subhead of this Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Disney's Channels: Children Are Tuning Out ... Ratings have fallen significantly at Disney's biggest television brands, led by Disney Channel and Freeform, which reach children, teens and young adults," by Joe Flint and Ben Fritz:

"Disney Channel and Freeform ... [e]ach ... has lost about four million subscribers over the past three years, bringing them to about 90 million apiece."

Why it matters: "The shift to streaming services such as Netflix Inc. and web-based platforms like Google's YouTube is particularly pronounced among younger viewers."