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NFL Network is in 56.5 million U.S. homes as the '11 season gets underway, a small dip from 56.8 million homes at the start of the season last year. Among sports cable networks, ESPN tops the list at 98.8 million homes. The net has now been below the 100 million homes mark for two straight months. ESPN's September distribution is also down 1% from August. The Weather Channel leads all cable nets in September with 100.1 million homes. While MLB Network began the month in 56.3 million homes, it recently signed a deal with Dish Network to extend distribution to 65 million homes. The deal makes MLB Network the most widely distributed league-owned cable network. FX, which began airing college football games this past weekend and will soon air UFC-related programming, is in 98.2 million homes in September, up 1.6% from the same period last year.U.S. CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR SEPTEMBER
The Weather Channel91,71896,02998,15999,829100,672100,050 TBS91,65095,72698,47899,847101,130100,015 Discovery Channel92,28396,55098,11599,608100,57199,742 Food Network90,76595,15297,35899,064100,30299,569 Nick@Nite91,72095,97097,93699,359100,46899,485 Nickelodeon91,72095,97097,93699,359100,46899,485 USA92,02696,07398,27499,09599,95899,355 CNN92,05796,19397,69799,218100,14699,216 TNT91,97196,07497,61298,990100,05499,135 HLN91,29895,53997,70299,121100,00699,070 ESPN92,28596,22997,63798,82199,81998,784 ESPN291,71195,89597,24798,56899,77398,700 FX90,03694,09994,78796,07796,64498,228 Golf Channel69,81376,90381,70981,44083,17183,327 Speed68,16072,74673,39874,18176,82677,742 Versus70,59674,16273,93975,43274,59375,439 ESPNews51,53361,38166,79369,41374,07773,639 ESPNUn/an/an/an/an/a72,384 NFL Networkn/a44,12941,51047,31956,79456,530 MLB Networkn/an/an/an/a55,69256,347 NBA TVn/an/an/an/an/a54,700 Fox Soccern/an/an/a34,51237,93839,085 ESPN Classicn/an/an/an/an/a33,267 Fuel TVn/an/an/an/an/a32,037
NOTE: Distribution not listed for networks that do not subscribe to daily Nielsen Co. ratings. Among those networks not listed are NHL Network, Universal Sports, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel, Fox College Sports and the Big Ten Network.