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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 Channel90,584100,933100,06699,926 Food Network89,586100,48199,57699,283 TBS90,569101,03399,93599,231 Discovery Channel91,185100,72899,52898,891 Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite90,558100,42899,63698,799 Cartoon Network/Adult Swim89,70599,62299,25098,671 USA Network90,861100,29399,32198,647 CNN90,944100,14899,14598,496 A&E90,502100,02499,01398,302 Lifetime90,69799,85098,88198,251 TNT90,871100,08698,94098,139 ESPN91,10999,75398,75297,736 ESPN290,58699,61798,73897,717 Spike90,52499,68598,58797,639 CNBC89,19298,26396,58996,242 FS1*67,30078,31081,30085,798 Golf Channel69,02283,95484,31082,089 NBC Sports Network69,77576,08777,19177,746 ESPNews50,60174,23774,65774,784 ESPNUn/a72,91773,33574,445 NFL Networkn/a56,80059,59070,910 MLB Networkn/a56,41270,15070,043 NBA TVn/a55,07459,82159,721 Fox Soccern/a39,17341,31452,982 Outdoor Channel27,58134,05938,07739,175 FS2**n/a32,24836,36337,707 Sportsman Channeln/an/a30,25531,822 ESPN Classic61,48533,66331,47630,715 Fox Deportesn/an/an/a20,599
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.