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TBS is in 99.4 million U.S. homes in October as the MLB postseason begins, with the net set to air all Wild Card games, LDS games and the ALCS, as well as any potential regular-season tiebreaker games. TBS ranks second among all cable networks in distribution, behind only The Weather Channel. ESPN and ESPN2 are both in just over 98 million homes, the lowest October mark for the nets since '08. Speed is in 80.8 million homes this month, as speculation continues that the network will be rebranded Fox Sports One and turned into an all-sports network.
Listed below is U.S. distribution for the top 10 cable TV networks for the month of October, with comparisons to previous years. Also listed are figures for networks with significant sports content.October U.S. Cable TV Network Distribution (Millions of Homes)
NETWORK'06'07'08'09'10'11'12 The Weather Channel91,74496,41098,36699,966100,80599,89799,578 TBS91,46296,05998,655100,158101,22699,79699,375 Food Network90,81395,57597,54399,305100,40499,39199,108 Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite91,66096,36098,10399,648100,57799,35898,944 Discovery Channel92,25396,92698,31899,902100,69099,60398,907 USA Network91,78496,40297,97099,338100,17299,17798,726 Cartoon Network/Adult Swim90,85195,64097,20898,31699,39098,72198,570 CNN92,04496,55497,94599,430100,23799,08198,555 Lifetime91,80896,41297,62198,87699,92898,75298,451 TNT91,90696,40097,71699,308100,21599,01198,430 A&E91,58396,20597,55699,02299,93598,88298,423 ESPN92,23596,56697,74299,08899,96098,64898,179 ESPN291,68696,24397,34898,82499,93198,47098,126 Spike TV91,63496,06597,41698,81599,60298,54597,752 FX89,99194,51394,85396,19896,87797,99697,553 Golf Channel69,36376,79882,00081,63183,36882,93483,944 Speed68,16172,91673,29374,18477,09177,39480,782 NBC Sports Network70,68474,02073,54663,37974,70774,98978,068 ESPNews51,71262,15267,37569,84174,24873,26474,319 ESPNUn/an/an/an/a73,68971,94873,258 MLB Networkn/an/an/an/a55,81967,22069,811 NFL Networkn/a43,94241,91650,33457,29956,55062,093 NBA TVn/an/an/an/an/a54,40059,845 Fox Soccern/an/a34,31734,76738,44938,84441,504 Outdoor Channel28,22930,85229,58731,37335,50134,23837,921 Fuel TVn/an/an/an/an/a31,75035,943 ESPN Classic62,13263,18763,19463,87140,84832,64831,219 Sportsmen Channeln/an/an/an/an/an/a30,253