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Fox Soccer Tops All U.S. Cable Networks In Distribution Growth For '13 To Date

Fox Soccer continues to lead all cable networks in '13 growth to date, having seen distribution in the U.S. rise 20.7% since the start of the year. Speed, which is set to be re-launched as Fox Sports 1 in August, also ranks in the top 10 for cable network year-to-date growth (No. 4), with distribution up 5.7%. The Weather Channel continues to lead all cable channels with distribution in 100.3 million homes. Among networks with sports programming, TBS ranks at the top with 99.7 million homes (No. 3 overall). ESPN, which will have primary coverage of the early rounds for this week’s U.S. Open, is in 98.3 million homes, down from 99.0 million in June ’12.

Listed below are the top 10 cable networks in terms of U.S. distribution in June, with comparisons to the same period in recent years. Also listed are figures for networks that have significant sports programming.

CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION IN THE U.S. FOR JUNE
NETWORK
'06 (000)
'11 (000)
'12 (000)
'13 (000)
The Weather Channel
90,225
100,986
100,303
100,250
Food Network
89,257
100,533
99,738
99,693
TBS
90,160
101,138
100,136
99,693
Discovery Channel
90,872
100,814
99,769
99,275
Nickelodeon/Nick-At-Nite
90,183
100,594
99,925
99,173
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
89,420
99,654
99,276
99,062
USA Network
90,482
100,345
99,458
99,049
CNN
90,609
100,311
99,354
98,986
A&E
90,094
100,133
99,147
98,781
Lifetime
90,400
99,988
99,082
98,688
TNT
90,495
100,288
99,159
98,596
ESPN
90,686
100,052
99,048
98,273
ESPN2
90,190
99,928
98,940
98,233
Spike
90,163
99,818
98,720
97,788
Speed
66,749
78,476
81,878
85,688
Golf Channel
68,602
83,759
84,797
82,880
NBC Sports Network
69,148
76,183
78,719
77,741
ESPNews
49,867
74,156
74,798
74,685
ESPNU
n/a
73,159
73,213
74,402
NFL Network
n/a
56,846
59,267
70,882
MLB Network
n/a
56,231
69,461
70,581
NBA TV
n/a
55,567
59,748
61,004
Fox Soccer
n/a
39,115
41,422
51,064
Outdoor Channel
n/a
34,816
37,823
39,593
Fuel TV
n/a
31,856
36,239
36,885
Sportsman Channel
n/a
n/a
30,461
31,959
ESPN Classic
61,148
34,479
31,944
30,903
Fox Deportes
n/a
n/a
n/a
20,212
         

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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