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  • Cable TV Nets Fail To Reach 100 Million U.S. Homes For First Time Since '09

    This month marks the first period since November ’09 in which there was not a single cable TV network topping the 100-million homes distribution mark. ESPN and ESPN2, the sports nets with the best distribution, both have not topped 100 million homes since July. As the '11-12 NHL season gets underway, Versus is in 75 million homes, up slightly from the same period last year. Listed below are the top 10 cable TV networks in U.S. distribution for October, with comparisons to previous years, along with similar data for networks carrying sports content (THE DAILY).

    CABLE TV NETWORK DISTRIBUTION IN THE U.S. FOR OCTOBER
    NETWORK
    '06 (000)
    '07 (000)
    '08 (000)
    '09 (000)
    '10 (000)
    '11 (000)
    The Weather Channel
    91,744
    96,410
    98,366
    99,966
    100,805
    99,897
    TBS
    91,462
    96,059
    98,655
    100,158
    101,226
    99,796
    Discovery Channel
    92,253
    96,926
    98,318
    99,902
    100,690
    99,603
    Food Network
    90,813
    95,575
    97,543
    99,305
    100,404
    99,391
    Nick-at-Nite
    91,660
    96,360
    98,103
    99,648
    100,577
    99,358
    Nickelodeon
    91,660
    96,630
    98,103
    99,648
    100,577
    99,358
    USA Network
    91,784
    96,402
    97,970
    99,338
    100,172
    99,177
    CNN
    92,044
    96,554
    97,945
    99,430
    100,237
    99,081
    TNT
    91,906
    96,400
    97,716
    99,308
    100,215
    99,011
    A&E
    91,583
    96,205
    97,556
    99,022
    99,935
    98,882
    ESPN
    92,235
    96,566
    97,742
    99,088
    99,960
    98,648
    ESPN2
    91,686
    96,243
    97,348
    98,824
    99,931
    98,470
    FX
    89,991
    94,513
    94,853
    96,198
    96,877
    97,996
    Golf Channel
    69,363
    76,798
    82,000
    81,631
    83,368
    82,934
    Speed
    68,161
    72,916
    73,293
    74,184
    77,091
    77,394
    Versus
    70,684
    74,020
    73,546
    63,379
    74,707
    74,989
    ESPNews
    51,712
    62,152
    67,375
    69,841
    74,248
    73,264
    ESPNU
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    73,689
    71,948
    MLB Network
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    55,819
    67,220
    NFL Network
    n/a
    43,942
    41,916
    50,334
    57,299
    56,550
    NBA TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    54,400
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    n/a
    34,317
    34,767
    38,449
    38,844
    ESPN Classic
    62,132
    63,187
    63,194
    63,871
    40,848
    32,648
    Fuel TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    31,750
     

    NOTES: 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.

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