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  • NBC Sports Network Heads Into NHL Season In 77.9 Million U.S. TV Households

    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
    NETWORK
    '06
    (000)
    '07
    (000)
    '08
    (000)
    '09
    (000)
    '10
    (000)
    '11
    (000)
    '12
    (000)
    '13
    (000)
    Weather Channel
    89,510
    91,989
    96,645
    98,796
    99,866
    100,569
    100,046
    100,093
    TBS
    89,506
    91,714
    97,417
    99,014
    100,100
    100,951
    99,983
    99,669
    Food Network
    88,017
    91,136
    95,773
    97,918
    99,202
    100,096
    99,602
    99,656
    Nickelodeon/
    Nick-at-Nite
    89,508
    91,940
    96,454
    98,429
    99,564
    100,309
    99,581
    99,373
    Discovery Channel
    90,279
    92,544
    96,889
    98,747
    99,750
    100,474
    99,660
    99,230
    USA Network
    89,709
    92,051
    96,465
    98,368
    99,077
    99,950
    99,373
    99,179
    CNN
    89,909
    92,273
    96,528
    98,343
    99,219
    100,029
    99,253
    99,081
    Cartoon Network/
    Adult Swim
    88,562
    91,076
    95,766
    97,701
    98,244
    99,340
    98,995
    98,993
    AMC
    87,237
    89,969
    94,094
    94,497
    95,196
    96,409
    96,431
    98,957
    A&E
    89,326
    91,774
    96,286
    97,979
    98,816
    99,760
    99,090
    98,885
    ESPN
    90,111
    92,337
    96,679
    98,092
    99,016
    99,792
    99,113
    98,569
    ESPN2
    89,315
    91,812
    96,285
    97,696
    98,713
    99,699
    99,045
    98,534
    Spike
    89,558
    91,654
    96,076
    97,817
    98,671
    99,397
    98,798
    97,974
    FX
    87,896
    90,414
    94,636
    95,194
    95,859
    95,825
    98,182
    97,958
    Golf Channel
    67,797
    74,319
    75,232
    81,246
    82,013
    83,343
    84,577
    83,962
    Speed
    64,206
    69,530
    72,319
    73,273
    74,865
    77,548
    79,157
    81,080
    NBC Sports Net
    63,402
    71,419
    72,789
    73,801
    63,809
    75,360
    76,227
    77,888
    ESPNews
    45,748
    54,326
    63,015
    67,982
    71,344
    73,210
    74,160
    74,801
    ESPNU
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    72,338
    72,658
    74,071
    MLB Network
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    54,872
    68,241
    70,377
    NFL Network
    n/a
    39,692
    43,171
    41,908
    55,411
    56,696
    58,125
    69,668
    NBA TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    54,181
    55,810
    60,697
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    34,576
    35,823
    38,472
    40,929
    42,324
    Outdoor Channel
    25,739
    29,922
    30,453
    29,534
    34,463
    34,433
    35,922
    38,726
    Fuel TV
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    36,571
    37,649
    ESPN Classic
    58,408
    64,398
    62,835
    63,355
    59,539
    38,535
    32,822
    31,504
    Sportsman
    Channel
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    31,438
                     

    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.

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