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  • Figures Show Fox Sports 1 Could Launch In Around 85.8 Million U.S. Homes

    Distribution figures for U.S. cable networks during the month of August show that FS1 could launch in 85.8 million homes when it replaces Speed on Aug. 17. That figure would put the net just ahead of Golf Channel in terms of distribution. FS2 also is set to replace Fuel TV soon and could be in around 37.7 million homes. NBC Sports Network also will begin its first season of EPL coverage later this month, with the net in 77.7 million U.S. homes. CNBC, in 96.2 million homes in August, will also air EPL games this season as part of the new deal. The PGA Championship gets under way today from Rochester, N.Y., and TNT -- which has the early rounds -- is in 98.1 million homes this month, down from 98.9 million at the same point last year. ESPN is in 97.7 million homes in August, the net's lowest distribution mark since September '08.

    The chart below lists distribution for the top 10 cable networks for the month of August, along with distribution for networks carrying significant sports content.

    CABLE TV NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
    NETWORK
    '06 (000)
    '11 (000)
    '12 (000)
    '13 (000)
    The Weather Channel
    90,584
    100,933
    100,066
    99,926
    Food Network
    89,586
    100,481
    99,576
    99,283
    TBS
    90,569
    101,033
    99,935
    99,231
    Discovery Channel
    91,185
    100,728
    99,528
    98,891
    Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite
    90,558
    100,428
    99,636
    98,799
    Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
    89,705
    99,622
    99,250
    98,671
    USA Network
    90,861
    100,293
    99,321
    98,647
    CNN
    90,944
    100,148
    99,145
    98,496
    A&E
    90,502
    100,024
    99,013
    98,302
    Lifetime
    90,697
    99,850
    98,881
    98,251
    TNT
    90,871
    100,086
    98,940
    98,139
    ESPN
    91,109
    99,753
    98,752
    97,736
    ESPN2
    90,586
    99,617
    98,738
    97,717
    Spike
    90,524
    99,685
    98,587
    97,639
    CNBC
    89,192
    98,263
    96,589
    96,242
    FS1*
    67,300
    78,310
    81,300
    85,798
    Golf Channel
    69,022
    83,954
    84,310
    82,089
    NBC Sports Network
    69,775
    76,087
    77,191
    77,746
    ESPNews
    50,601
    74,237
    74,657
    74,784
    ESPNU
    n/a
    72,917
    73,335
    74,445
    NFL Network
    n/a
    56,800
    59,590
    70,910
    MLB Network
    n/a
    56,412
    70,150
    70,043
    NBA TV
    n/a
    55,074
    59,821
    59,721
    Fox Soccer
    n/a
    39,173
    41,314
    52,982
    Outdoor Channel
    27,581
    34,059
    38,077
    39,175
    FS2**
    n/a
    32,248
    36,363
    37,707
    Sportsman Channel
    n/a
    n/a
    30,255
    31,822
    ESPN Classic
    61,485
    33,663
    31,476
    30,715
    Fox Deportes
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    20,599
             

    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. * = Formerly Speed. Several big distributors, including DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable, do not have deals for FS1. ** = Formerly Fuel TV.

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