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  • Outdoor Channel Sees Network Record For Distribution As Ownership Fight Continues

    Outdoor Channel is in a network-record 39.8 million U.S. homes in May, as Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and InterMedia -- owner of The Sportsman Channel -- battle for control of the network. The figure tops the record set last month (39.5 million). The Weather Channel continues to lead all U.S. cable networks, with distribution in 100.4 million U.S. TV homes. The net has been the only cable channel to be in over 100 million homes each month in '13. TBS, which yesterday was announced as the home to both men's Final Four games in '14 and '15, ranks No. 3 among all cable nets with 99.8 million homes. ESPN, which contributed heavily to Disney's Q1 gains, is in 98.4 million homes in May, down from 99.0 million homes in May '12. Listed below is distribution for the top 10 cable nets in the U.S. in May, along with distribution for cable nets carrying significant sports content.

    U.S. CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR MAY
    NETWORK
    '06 (000)
    '11 (000)
    '12 (000)
    '13 (000)
    The Weather Channel
    90,233
    101,074
    100,271
    100,351
    Food Network
    89,250
    100,517
    99,717
    99,853
    TBS
    90,129
    101,189
    100,070
    99,773
    Discovery Channel
    90,884
    100,890
    99,733
    99,428
    Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite
    90,164
    100,699
    99,904
    99,356
    Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
    89,437
    99,663
    99,184
    99,197
    USA Network
    90,445
    100,402
    99,420
    99,143
    CNN
    90,570
    100,441
    99,300
    99,120
    A&E
    90,073
    100,188
    99,055
    98,924
    HGTV
    89,607
    99,906
    98,918
    98,834
    TNT
    90,509
    100,385
    99,096
    98,721
    ESPN
    90,665
    100,187
    99,029
    98,391
    ESPN2
    90,208
    100,090
    98,946
    98,329
    Spike
    90,159
    99,811
    98,744
    97,916
    Speed
    66,807
    78,800
    81,979
    85,977
    Golf Channel
    68,723
    83,883
    84,784
    82,993
    NBC Sports Network
    69,015
    76,247
    79,123
    77,874
    ESPNews
    49,394
    74,177
    74,388
    74,841
    ESPNU
    n/a
    73,021
    72,784
    74,533
    NFL Network
    n/a
    57,127
    59,001
    71,093
    MLB Network
    n/a
    56,005
    68,957
    70,920
    NBA TV
    n/a
    55,725
    59,454
    61,088
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    39,046
    41,069
    50,861
    Outdoor Channel
    26,735
    35,065
    37,779
    39,766
    Fuel TV
    n/a
    31,690
    36,482
    37,361
    Sportsman Channel
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    32,209
    ESPN Classic
    61,150
    35,270
    32,271
    31,104
    Fox Deportes
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    20,072
     

    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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