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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 Channel90,233101,074100,271100,351 Food Network89,250100,51799,71799,853 TBS90,129101,189100,07099,773 Discovery Channel90,884100,89099,73399,428 Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite90,164100,69999,90499,356 Cartoon Network/Adult Swim89,43799,66399,18499,197 USA Network90,445100,40299,42099,143 CNN90,570100,44199,30099,120 A&E90,073100,18899,05598,924 HGTV89,60799,90698,91898,834 TNT90,509100,38599,09698,721 ESPN90,665100,18799,02998,391 ESPN290,208100,09098,94698,329 Spike90,15999,81198,74497,916 Speed66,80778,80081,97985,977 Golf Channel68,72383,88384,78482,993 NBC Sports Network69,01576,24779,12377,874 ESPNews49,39474,17774,38874,841 ESPNUn/a73,02172,78474,533 NFL Networkn/a57,12759,00171,093 MLB Networkn/a56,00568,95770,920 NBA TVn/a55,72559,45461,088 Fox Soccern/a39,04641,06950,861 Outdoor Channel26,73535,06537,77939,766 Fuel TVn/a31,69036,48237,361 Sportsman Channeln/an/an/a32,209 ESPN Classic61,15035,27032,27131,104 Fox Deportesn/an/an/a20,072
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.