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NBC Sports Network heads into the start of the long-delayed NHL season in 77.9 million U.S TV homes, compared to 75.0 million homes at the start of last season (October ’11). Another Comcast-owned network -- Golf Channel -- began the PGA Tour season earlier this month in just under 84 million homes, down slight from 84.6 million homes at the start of last season. ESPN and ESPN2 are in around 98.5 million homes in January, down from the same period last year. Only one network on all of cable TV -- Weather Channel -- is in over 100 million homes. January marks the first time since August that any cable net has passed the 100 million-home mark. Listed below are the top 10 cable nets in terms of viewership for January, with comparisons to previous years. Also listed are figures for networks with significant sports programming.JANUARY CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION
Weather Channel89,51091,98996,64598,79699,866100,569100,046100,093 TBS89,50691,71497,41799,014100,100100,95199,98399,669 Food Network88,01791,13695,77397,91899,202100,09699,60299,656 Nickelodeon/
Discovery Channel90,27992,54496,88998,74799,750100,47499,66099,230 USA Network89,70992,05196,46598,36899,07799,95099,37399,179 CNN89,90992,27396,52898,34399,219100,02999,25399,081 Cartoon Network/
AMC87,23789,96994,09494,49795,19696,40996,43198,957 A&E89,32691,77496,28697,97998,81699,76099,09098,885 ESPN90,11192,33796,67998,09299,01699,79299,11398,569 ESPN289,31591,81296,28597,69698,71399,69999,04598,534 Spike89,55891,65496,07697,81798,67199,39798,79897,974 FX87,89690,41494,63695,19495,85995,82598,18297,958 Golf Channel67,79774,31975,23281,24682,01383,34384,57783,962 Speed64,20669,53072,31973,27374,86577,54879,15781,080 NBC Sports Net63,40271,41972,78973,80163,80975,36076,22777,888 ESPNews45,74854,32663,01567,98271,34473,21074,16074,801 ESPNUn/an/an/an/an/a72,33872,65874,071 MLB Networkn/an/an/an/an/a54,87268,24170,377 NFL Networkn/a39,69243,17141,90855,41156,69658,12569,668 NBA TVn/an/an/an/an/a54,18155,81060,697 Fox Soccern/an/an/a34,57635,82338,47240,92942,324 Outdoor Channel25,73929,92230,45329,53434,46334,43335,92238,726 Fuel TVn/an/an/an/an/an/a36,57137,649 ESPN Classic58,40864,39862,83563,35559,53938,53532,82231,504 Sportsman
NOTES: Figures not available for nets that do not subscribe to regular Nielsen ratings, including Pac-12 Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, Fox College Sports, Longhorn Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel and Universal Sports.