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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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