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TNT, ESPN, NBA TV With Slightly Lower Distribution During First Month Of '13-14 Season

The NBA regular season is in its first full month in November, and TV partners TNT, ESPN and NBA TV each have slightly less U.S. distribution this month compared to the start of last season. Golf Channel also is seeing lower distribution this month, with its mark of 81.75 million homes being the lowest for the network since November '09. FS1 crossed the 90-million-homes mark for the first time last month, but distribution is slightly lower in November (88.56 million). The Weather Channel continues to lead all cable networks with 99.8 million homes (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).

SAY WHAT? In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, John Ourand cites data as showing that ESPN2 is available in 37,000 more U.S. homes than ESPN in November. ESPN in a statement said, “We know from internal data that there are more ESPN homes than ESPN2 homes. We believe that there is a small number of misclassified homes that has led to this anomaly in Nielsen reporting and we are working with them to rectify the situation for their December coverage estimates. This in no way affects Nielsen reporting of our audiences during the month of November -- Nielsen reports all viewing to cable networks regardless of whether a home is classified as a subscriber or not” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/4 issue).

Listed below are the top 10 cable networks in terms of U.S. distribution for the month of November. Also listed is distribution for networks that have significant sports content.

CABLE NETWORK DISTRIBUTION FOR MONTH OF NOVEMBER
NETWORK
'06 (000)
'11 (000)
'12 (000)
'12 (000)
The Weather Channel
91,767
100,153
99,839
99,835
Food Network
90,903
99,671
99,330
99,066
TBS
91,517
100,119
99,528
98,995
Discovery Channel
92,338
99,844
99,040
98,558
USA
91,980
99,487
98,894
98,552
Nickelodeon/Nick-At-Nite
91,773
99,646
99,186
98,530
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
90,910
99,072
98,787
98,456
CNN
92,045
99,378
98,769
98,301
A&E
91,591
99,197
98,636
98,212
History Channel
91,064
98,956
98,465
98,035
TNT
91,974
99,238
98,570
97,859
ESPN2
91,707
99,008
98,368
97,407
ESPN
92,245
99,185
98,404
97,370
Spike
91,611
98,858
97,975
97,345
FS1
68,465
78,257
80,775
88,556
Golf Channel
69,648
83,719
84,080
81,751
NBCSN
70,612
75,783
77,743
78,139
ESPNU
n/a
72,776
73,475
74,882
ESPNews
52,431
73,994
74,401
74,685
NFL Network
37,483
57,395
65,406
72,066
MLB Network
n/a
67,549
70,113
70,036
NBA TV
n/a
55,170
59,832
59,078
Outdoor Channel
28,915
35,015
38,115
39,148
FS2
n/a
32,680
35,887
36,439
Sportsman Channel
n/a
n/a
30,141
32,050
ESPN Classic
62,741
32,814
31,067
30,326
Fox Deportes
n/a
n/a
n/a
21,066
 

NOTES: Figures not available for nets that do not subscribe to regular Nielsen ratings, including Pac-12 Networks, Big Ten Network, CBSSN, Fox College Sports, Longhorn Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel, ESPN Deportes, beIN Sport, GolTV and Universal Sports.

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