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NBA TV, NBC Sports Network and Speed have seen the biggest gains in U.S. household distribution among cable sports networks since the start of the year. NBA TV has seen an increase of 3.6 million homes, which ranks it sixth among all cable networks in gains over the first five months of '12. Networks seeing drops over the same period include ESPN, ESPN2, FX and Fuel TV. The Weather Channel and TBS are the only cable networks in over 100 million homes in May. Listed below is distribution in the U.S. for the top 10 cable networks in May, with comparisons to recent years. Also listed are figures for sports-related networks.U.S. CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR MAY
Weather Channel90,23393,17096,34099,029100,054101,074100,271 TBS90,12992,90196,96699,229100,608101,189100,070 Nickelodeon/
Discovery90,88493,69196,64498,796100,101100,89099,733 Food Network89,25092,30195,62698,08799,934100,51799,717 USA90,44593,13696,11398,42999,541100,40299,420 CNN90,57093,43296,18698,38099,640100,44199,300 Cartoon Network/
TNT90,50993,22096,13098,26899,630100,38599,096 A&E90,07392,92595,87598,00599,303100,18899,055 ESPN90,66593,42096,16998,14099,612100,18799,029 ESPN290,20893,02995,88797,74699,527100,09098,946 FX88,65491,32294,11095,36596,42499,38398,166 Golf Channel68,72374,58774,26680,80383,46983,88384,784 Speed66,80770,18172,28573,11975,71378,80081,979 NBC Sports Network69,01571,84272,62275,18274,09176,24779,123 ESPNews49,39457,25263,35868,31573,10174,17774,388 ESPNUn/an/an/an/an/a73,02172,784 MLB Networkn/an/an/an/a55,32356,00568,957 NBA TVn/an/an/an/an/a55,72559,454 NFL Networkn/a42,22541,23741,99956,31657,12759,001 Fox Soccern/an/an/a34,72736,50339,04641,069 Fuel TVn/an/an/an/an/a31,69036,482 ESPN Classic61,15064,98562,33763,49455,46835,27032,271
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.