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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 Channel90,193100,978100,134100,385 Food Network89,050100,43399,68999,932 TBS90,067101,163100,02899,813 Discovery Channel90,923100,87999,75099,558 Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite90,111100,595100,03499,548 Cartoon Network/Adult Swim89,34299,64399,10199,321 USA90,382100,36599,41499,302 CNN90,474100,44499,23799,206 A&E90,036100,20899,05899,093 Lifetime90,413100,00999,09099,017 TNT90,405100,46399,09198,866 ESPN90,617100,12299,08698,504 ESPN290,043100,04498,95298,457 Spike90,13599,72398,70098,073 Speed66,23978,50282,09286,137 Golf Channel68,52483,56284,55783,087 NBC Sports Network63,95676,05679,30878,167 ESPNews48,49573,95374,32374,847 ESPNUn/a72,57072,63174,603 NFL Networkn/a56,85359,10471,162 MLB Networkn/a55,55967,86870,929 NBA TVn/a55,17558,10661,073 Fox Soccern/a38,61640,87950,399 Outdoor Channel26,66734,97537,59739,454 Fuel TVn/a31,19636,68437,367 Sportsman Channeln/an/an/a32,241 ESPN Classic60,59635,87932,52631,124 Fox Deportesn/an/an/a19,675
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.