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NFL Network is in 61.2 million U.S. homes in September as the channel gets set for its earliest start to live regular season games yet. The net previously began its slate of live games in early November. The mark of 61.2 million homes is up from 56.5 million at the same point last year and up from 57.4 million in Nov. ’11. No U.S. cable nets are in over 100 million homes in September, the first time a channel has failed to hit the mark since March. The Weather Channel tops all U.S. nets with 99.6 million homes. ESPN is in 98.3 million homes this month, tops among all sports-specific cable nets, but down slightly from 98.8 million in Sept. ’11.
Listed below is U.S. distribution for the top 10 cable TV nets in September, with comparisons to previous years. Also listed is distribution for cable nets with significant sports content.September U.S. Cable TV Network Distribution (Millions of Homes)
NETWORK'06'07'08'09'10'11'12 The Weather Channel91,71896,02998,15999,829100,672100,05099,564 TBS91,65095,72698,47899,847101,130100,01599,323 Food Network90,76595,15297,35899,064100,30299,56999,044 Discovery Channel92,28396,55098,11599,608100,57199,74299,010 Nickelodeon/
USA Network92,02696,07398,27499,09599,95899,35598,778 Cartoon Network/
CNN92,05796,19397,69799,218100,14699,21698,587 A&E91,65295,87697,42598,73699,73599,05898,447 TNT91,97196,07497,61298,990100,05499,13598,421 ESPN92,28596,22997,63798,82199,81998,78498,264 ESPN291,71195,89597,24798,56899,77398,70098,235 Spike91,65595,68597,25098,57799,35798,77497,662 FX90,03694,09994,78796,07796,64498,22897,546 Golf Channel69,81376,90381,70981,44083,17183,32783,936 Speed68,16072,74673,39874,18176,82677,74280,899 NBC Sports Network70,59674,16273,93975,43274,59375,43978,310 ESPNews51,53361,38166,79369,41374,07773,63974,454 ESPNUn/an/an/an/an/a72,38473,067 MLB Networkn/an/an/an/a55,69256,34769,995 NFL Networkn/a44,12941,51047,31956,79456,53061,204 NBA TVn/an/an/an/an/a54,70059,536 Fox Soccern/an/an/a34,51237,93839,08541,149 Outdoor Channel28,01830,99829,81531,15535,49734,41737,765 Fuel TVn/an/an/an/an/a32,03735,859 ESPN Classic62,19264,07963,50364,17041,30933,26731,070 Sportsmen Channeln/an/an/an/an/an/a30,059
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.