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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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