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  • Fox Soccer Seeing Strong Distribution Gains; NBA, NHL Playoff Cable Nets Slightly Lower

    Fox Soccer leads all U.S. cable networks in distribution growth since the start of '13, up 19% since January. The net will air UEFA Champions League quarterfinal and semifinal matches this month. Speed -- which is set to be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 in August -- ranks third overall with an increase of 6%. The MLB regular season is in full swing, and MLB Network is again in a record number of homes (70.9 million). The NBA and NHL playoffs also are set to begin later this month. For NBA games, TNT is in slightly fewer homes compared to the same point last year, but still ranks 11th overall among all U.S. cable nets. ESPN and ESPN2 also are down slightly compared to April '12. For NHL playoff games, NBC Sports Network's distribution is down 1.5% compared to April of last year, but distribution is up slightly since the start of the year.

    Listed below is distribution for the top 10 cable networks in the U.S., with comparisons to previous years. Also listed is distribution for networks with significant sports content.

    U.S. CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR MONTH OF APRIL
    NETWORK
    '06 (000)
    '11 (000)
    '12 (000)
    '13 (000)
    The Weather Channel
    90,193
    100,978
    100,134
    100,385
    Food Network
    89,050
    100,433
    99,689
    99,932
    TBS
    90,067
    101,163
    100,028
    99,813
    Discovery Channel
    90,923
    100,879
    99,750
    99,558
    Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite
    90,111
    100,595
    100,034
    99,548
    Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
    89,342
    99,643
    99,101
    99,321
    USA
    90,382
    100,365
    99,414
    99,302
    CNN
    90,474
    100,444
    99,237
    99,206
    A&E
    90,036
    100,208
    99,058
    99,093
    Lifetime
    90,413
    100,009
    99,090
    99,017
    TNT
    90,405
    100,463
    99,091
    98,866
    ESPN
    90,617
    100,122
    99,086
    98,504
    ESPN2
    90,043
    100,044
    98,952
    98,457
    Spike
    90,135
    99,723
    98,700
    98,073
    Speed
    66,239
    78,502
    82,092
    86,137
    Golf Channel
    68,524
    83,562
    84,557
    83,087
    NBC Sports Network
    63,956
    76,056
    79,308
    78,167
    ESPNews
    48,495
    73,953
    74,323
    74,847
    ESPNU
    n/a
    72,570
    72,631
    74,603
    NFL Network
    n/a
    56,853
    59,104
    71,162
    MLB Network
    n/a
    55,559
    67,868
    70,929
    NBA TV
    n/a
    55,175
    58,106
    61,073
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    38,616
    40,879
    50,399
    Outdoor Channel
    26,667
    34,975
    37,597
    39,454
    Fuel TV
    n/a
    31,196
    36,684
    37,367
    Sportsman Channel
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    32,241
    ESPN Classic
    60,596
    35,879
    32,526
    31,124
    Fox Deportes
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    19,675
     

    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, ESPN Deportes, beIN Sport, GolTV and Universal Sports.

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