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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 Channel91,74496,41098,36699,966100,80599,897 TBS91,46296,05998,655100,158101,22699,796 Discovery Channel92,25396,92698,31899,902100,69099,603 Food Network90,81395,57597,54399,305100,40499,391 Nick-at-Nite91,66096,36098,10399,648100,57799,358 Nickelodeon91,66096,63098,10399,648100,57799,358 USA Network91,78496,40297,97099,338100,17299,177 CNN92,04496,55497,94599,430100,23799,081 TNT91,90696,40097,71699,308100,21599,011 A&E91,58396,20597,55699,02299,93598,882 ESPN92,23596,56697,74299,08899,96098,648 ESPN291,68696,24397,34898,82499,93198,470 FX89,99194,51394,85396,19896,87797,996 Golf Channel69,36376,79882,00081,63183,36882,934 Speed68,16172,91673,29374,18477,09177,394 Versus70,68474,02073,54663,37974,70774,989 ESPNews51,71262,15267,37569,84174,24873,264 ESPNUn/an/an/an/a73,68971,948 MLB Networkn/an/an/an/a55,81967,220 NFL Networkn/a43,94241,91650,33457,29956,550 NBA TVn/an/an/an/an/a54,400 Fox Soccern/an/a34,31734,76738,44938,844 ESPN Classic62,13263,18763,19463,87140,84832,648 Fuel TVn/an/an/an/an/a31,750
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.