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NBA TV Tops All Cable Nets In Month-Over-Month U.S. Distribution Growth

NBA TV saw the biggest month-over-month gains in U.S. TV homes among all cable nets from January to February. The league-owned net is in 59.2 million homes for the month, up 6% from 55.8 million last month. NFL Network ranked in the top five in month-over-month gains, up 1.9% to 59.2 million homes. Nickelodeon and Nick-At-Nite top the list of all nets with 100.2 million homes. While that is down from the same period last year, the nets are the only U.S. cable nets in more than 100 million homes. ESPN ranks 10th overall for February, the same spot it held in January. Listed below are the top 10 cable nets in U.S. household distribution, along with data for nets with sports content.
FEBRUARY CABLE TV NETWORK DISTRIBUTION
NETWORK
'06
(000)
'07
(000)
'08
(000)
'09
(000)
'10
(000)
'11
(000)
'12
(000)
Nickelodeon
89,714
92,010
96,333
98,454
99,720
100,400
100,202
Nick-At-Nite
89,714
92,010
96,333
98,454
99,720
100,400
100,202
Weather Channel
89,698
92,220
96,506
98,824
99,896
100,668
99,889
TBS
89,645
91,734
97,307
99,029
100,265
101,033
99,816
Food Network
88,305
91,207
95,655
97,997
98,532
100,195
99,510
Discovery Channel
90,446
92,540
96,794
98,753
99,865
100,653
99,488
USA Network
89,929
92,077
96,350
98,393
97,557
100,121
99,169
CNN
90,119
92,307
96,384
98,383
99,390
100,186
99,076
TNT
89,983
92,207
96,357
98,061
99,275
100,407
99,005
ESPN
90,280
92,389
96,515
98,089
99,211
100,002
98,979
ESPN2
89,540
91,868
96,161
97,713
98,828
99,904
98,862
FX
88,136
90,617
94,551
95,266
96,105
96,047
97,964
Golf Channel
67,930
74,676
74,588
81,235
83,370
83,509
84,656
Speed
65,059
69,768
71,989
73,317
75,082
77,932
79,360
NBC Sports Network
63,173
71,697
72,417
74,163
63,995
75,715
76,296
ESPNews
46,261
54,866
63,059
67,951
71,921
73,454
74,244
ESPNU
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
72,550
72,548
MLB Network
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
55,316
67,933
NFL Network
n/a
40,150
43,133
41,705
55,623
56,895
59,237
NBA TV
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
54,808
59,152
Fox Soccer
n/a
n/a
n/a
34,316
36,094
38,616
40,895
Fuel TV
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
36,546
ESPN Classic
58,881
64,856
62,621
63,311
58,643
37,649
32,612
 
NOTES: Figures not available for nets that do not subscribe to regular Nielsen ratings, including NHL Network, Universal Sports, Tennis Channel, Fox College Sports, Big Ten Network, Longhorn Network and CBS Sports Network.
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