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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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