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Golf Channel Sets Network Record With Distribution In 84.8 Million Homes

Golf Channel is in 84.8 million U.S. homes in June, setting a record for the network for the second straight month. During the same period last year, the network was in 83.8 million homes. Three sports nets -- NBA TV, Speed and NBC Sports Network -- rank in the top 10 among all cable TV networks in terms of percentage gain in U.S. household distribution since the start of the year. NBA TV has seen a 7.1% increase since the start of year, tops among sports networks and sixth among all cable TV nets. ESPN is in 99.0 million U.S. homes in June, tops among sports nets, but down from 100.1 million homes during the same period last year. Listed below are the top 10 cable TV networks in terms of U.S. distribution during the month of June, with comparisons to the same period in previous years. Also listed are similar figures for cable TV sports networks.

JUNE CABLE TV NETWORK DISTRIBUTION IN THE U.S.
NETWORK
'06
(000)
'07
(000)
'08
(000)
'09
(000)
'10
(000)
'11
(000)
'12
(000)
The Weather Channel
90,225
93,951
96,244
99,066
100,045
100,986
100,303
TBS
90,160
93,697
96,872
99,135
100,529
101,138
100,136
Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite
90,183
93,851
96,010
98,573
100,030
100,594
99,925
Discovery
90,872
94,451
96,453
98,795
99,973
100,814
99,769
Food Network
89,257
93,085
95,463
98,145
99,893
100,533
99,738
USA
90,482
93,949
95,970
98,438
99,399
100,345
99,458
CNN
90,609
94,175
96,048
98,405
99,573
100,311
99,354
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
89,420
93,139
95,357
97,550
98,756
99,654
99,276
TNT
90,495
94,016
95,940
98,245
99,565
100,288
99,159
A&E
90,094
93,737
95,815
98,022
99,233
100,133
99,147
ESPN
90,686
94,269
96,259
98,121
99,514
100,052
99,048
ESPN2
90,190
93,905
95,695
97,774
99,483
99,928
98,940
FX
88,536
92,086
93,298
95,441
96,366
99,328
98,189
Golf Channel
68,602
74,903
74,873
80,998
83,161
83,759
84,797
Speed
66,749
71,052
72,367
73,217
75,972
78,476
81,878
NBC Sports Network
69,148
72,365
73,120
75,102
73,897
76,183
78,719
ESPNews
49,867
58,708
64,028
68,435
73,523
74,156
74,798
ESPNU
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
73,159
73,213
MLB Network
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
55,361
56,231
69,461
NBA TV
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
55,567
59,748
NFL Network
n/a
43,132
40,284
42,092
56,584
56,846
59,267
Fox Soccer
n/a
n/a
n/a
34,521
36,495
39,115
41,422
Fuel TV
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
31,856
36,239
ESPN Classic
61,148
64,988
62,726
63,458
42,631
34,479
31,944
               

NOTES: Figures not available for nets that do not subscribe to regular Nielsen ratings, including Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, Fox College Sports, Longhorn Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel and Universal Sports.
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