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  • ESPN, ESPN2 In 98.5 Million U.S. TV Homes As College Bowl Season Gets Set To Begin

    ESPN in December is in 98.5 million homes, marking the first time since '08 that the network is in under 99 million U.S. homes entering the college bowl season. ESPN last topped the 100 million home mark in July '11. ESPNU is in a network-record 73.9 million homes in December, marking the second straight month the net has set a new record. Also setting new distribution records in December are NFL Network, Fox Soccer, Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. NBA TV set a new mark, crossing the 60 million home mark for the first time. The Weather Channel continues to lead all U.S. cable nets in distribution with 99.9 million homes. Listed below are the top 10 U.S. cable nets in distribution for December, with comparisons to the same period in recent years. Also listed are figures for networks with significant sports content.

     

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

    U.S. CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR DECEMBER (IN MILLIONS)
    CHANNEL
    '06
    '07
    '08
    '09
    '10
    '11
    '12
    The Weather Channel
    91,791
    96,463
    98,691
    99,787
    100,588
    100,024
    99,914
    TBS
    91,528
    97,201
    98,905
    100,146
    101,002
    99,928
    99,666
    Food Network
    90,891
    95,547
    97,817
    99,243
    100,193
    99,592
    99,422
    Nickelodeon/
    Nick-At-Nite
    91,799
    96,331
    98,343
    99,590
    100,353
    99,502
    99,232
    Discovery Channel
    92,358
    96,696
    98,594
    99,837
    100,517
    99,654
    99,131
    USA
    91,930
    96,227
    98,268
    99,174
    100,016
    99,361
    98,944
    CNN
    92,046
    96,403
    98,279
    99,299
    100,108
    99,179
    98,908
    AMC
    89,440
    93,899
    94,490
    95,188
    96,427
    96,255
    98,899
    Cartoon Network/
    Adult Swim
    90,914
    95,536
    97,650
    98,276
    99,331
    98,873
    98,811
    HGTV
    91,006
    95,767
    97,615
    98,708
    99,376
    98,751
    98,693
    ESPN
    92,216
    96,385
    98,006
    99,065
    99,844
    99,032
    98,527
    ESPN2
    91,646
    96,043
    97,585
    98,770
    99,723
    98,938
    98,503
    FX
    89,995
    94,428
    95,141
    95,845
    95,854
    98,039
    97,858
    Golf Channel
    73,915
    75,776
    81,566
    81,786
    83,189
    84,013
    84,064
    Speed
    69,062
    72,447
    73,107
    74,667
    77,236
    78,675
    81,005
    NBC Sports Network
    71,041
    73,223
    74,128
    63,379
    75,187
    75,740
    77,829
    ESPNews
    53,515
    62,614
    67,750
    70,818
    73,449
    73,880
    74,683
    ESPNU
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    72,508
    72,427
    73,870
    MLB Network
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    55,274
    67,346
    70,268
    NFL Network
    38,875
    43,094
    41,736
    54,722
    56,875
    57,586
    68,771
    NBA TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    54,021
    55,293
    60,745
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    n/a
    34,527
    35,532
    38,419
    40,557
    41,969
    Outdoor Channel
    29,690
    30,569
    29,497
    34,055
    34,769
    35,430
    38,584
    Fuel TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    36,414
    36,283
    ESPN Classic
    63,463
    63,166
    63,259
    60,580
    39,727
    32,455
    31,410
    Sportsman Channel
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    31,111
     

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