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  • TBS In 99.4 Million U.S TV Homes In October As MLB Postseason Gets Set To Begin

    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 Channel
    91,744
    96,410
    98,366
    99,966
    100,805
    99,897
    99,578
    TBS
    91,462
    96,059
    98,655
    100,158
    101,226
    99,796
    99,375
    Food Network
    90,813
    95,575
    97,543
    99,305
    100,404
    99,391
    99,108
    Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite
    91,660
    96,360
    98,103
    99,648
    100,577
    99,358
    98,944
    Discovery Channel
    92,253
    96,926
    98,318
    99,902
    100,690
    99,603
    98,907
    USA Network
    91,784
    96,402
    97,970
    99,338
    100,172
    99,177
    98,726
    Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
    90,851
    95,640
    97,208
    98,316
    99,390
    98,721
    98,570
    CNN
    92,044
    96,554
    97,945
    99,430
    100,237
    99,081
    98,555
    Lifetime
    91,808
    96,412
    97,621
    98,876
    99,928
    98,752
    98,451
    TNT
    91,906
    96,400
    97,716
    99,308
    100,215
    99,011
    98,430
    A&E
    91,583
    96,205
    97,556
    99,022
    99,935
    98,882
    98,423
    ESPN
    92,235
    96,566
    97,742
    99,088
    99,960
    98,648
    98,179
    ESPN2
    91,686
    96,243
    97,348
    98,824
    99,931
    98,470
    98,126
    Spike TV
    91,634
    96,065
    97,416
    98,815
    99,602
    98,545
    97,752
    FX
    89,991
    94,513
    94,853
    96,198
    96,877
    97,996
    97,553
    Golf Channel
    69,363
    76,798
    82,000
    81,631
    83,368
    82,934
    83,944
    Speed
    68,161
    72,916
    73,293
    74,184
    77,091
    77,394
    80,782
    NBC Sports Network
    70,684
    74,020
    73,546
    63,379
    74,707
    74,989
    78,068
    ESPNews
    51,712
    62,152
    67,375
    69,841
    74,248
    73,264
    74,319
    ESPNU
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    73,689
    71,948
    73,258
    MLB Network
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    55,819
    67,220
    69,811
    NFL Network
    n/a
    43,942
    41,916
    50,334
    57,299
    56,550
    62,093
    NBA TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    54,400
    59,845
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    n/a
    34,317
    34,767
    38,449
    38,844
    41,504
    Outdoor Channel
    28,229
    30,852
    29,587
    31,373
    35,501
    34,238
    37,921
    Fuel TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    31,750
    35,943
    ESPN Classic
    62,132
    63,187
    63,194
    63,871
    40,848
    32,648
    31,219
    Sportsmen Channel
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    30,253
     

    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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