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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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