List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013

Categories: 2-Featured,Cable TV,TV Ratings Reference

Written By

August 23rd, 2013

cable-networks

Here are the Nielsen U.S. cable channel (includes satellite & telco providers too) coverage estimates as of August 2013. To clarify after some questions, these are the number of households that actually receive each network, not the number that are simply eligible to receive them.

Note: these estimates were made before CurrentTV changed over to Al Jazeera America (and before Uverse dumped the channel) and also before Showtime was pulled off of Time Warner Cable do to its dispute with CBS.
-

Station Name Estimated # of Homes (000) Coverage %
A&E NETWORK 98,302 86.08
ABC FAMILY 96,462 84.47
ADULT SWIM 98,671 86.40
AMC 97,699 85.55
ANIMAL PLANET 96,223 84.26
BBC-AMERICA 80,066 70.11
BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL 68,007 59.55
BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 91,159 79.82
BRAVO 94,129 82.42
CABLE NEWS NETWORK 98,496 86.25
CENTRIC 51,953 45.49
CHILLER 42,227 36.98
CLOO (formerly SLEUTH) 33,640 29.46
CMT 91,249 79.90
CNBC 96,242 84.27
CNN / HLN 99,292 86.95
COMEDY CENTRAL 97,838 85.67
COOKING CHANNEL (formerly FINE LIVING) 60,718 53.17
CURRENT TV 48,178 42.19
DESTINATION AMERICA (formerly PLANET GREEN) 59,616 52.20
DISCOVERY CHANNEL 98,891 86.59
DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 7,311 6.40
DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH (formerly FIT TV) 48,852 42.78
DISNEY CHANNEL 98,142 85.94
DISNEY JUNIOR 61,005 53.42
DISNEY XD (formerly TOON DISNEY) 80,864 70.81
DIY NETWORK 58,592 51.31
E! ENTERTAINMENT TV 96,472 84.48
ENCORE 41,696 36.51
ENCORE PRIMARY 40,621 35.57
ESPN 97,736 85.58
ESPN CLASSIC 30,715 26.90
ESPN2 97,717 85.57
ESPNEWS 74,784 65.49
ESPNU 74,445 65.19
FOOD NETWORK 99,283 86.94
FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 75,501 66.11
FOX DEPORTES 20,599 18.04
FOX NEWS CHANNEL 97,186 85.10
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL 52,982 46.39
Fox Sports 1 (formerly Speed) 85,798 75.13
Fox Sports 2 (formerly FUEL) 37,707 33.02
FUSE 73,008 63.93
FX 97,157 85.08
FX MOVIE CHANNEL 49,799 43.61
G4 61,217 53.61
GALAVISION 68,167 59.69
GOLF CHANNEL 82,089 71.88
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 62,914 55.09
GSN 77,431 67.80
H2 (formerly HISTORY INTERNATIONAL) 68,489 59.97
HALLMARK CHANNEL 85,897 75.22
HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL 51,668 45.24
HBO - THE WORKS 32,445 28.41
HBO PRIME 32,144 28.15
HEADLINE NEWS 98,010 85.82
HISTORY 98,226 86.01
HOME AND GARDEN TV 98,229 86.01
INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL 69,517 60.87
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (formerly DISCOVERY TIMES) 84,289 73.81
LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 83,933 73.50
LIFETIME TELEVISION 98,251 86.03
LOGO 52,204 45.71
MAXPRIME 20,226 17.71
MILITARY CHANNEL 62,255 54.51
MLB NETWORK 70,043 61.33
MSNBC 94,519 82.77
MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION 97,654 85.51
MTV2 81,185 71.09
MULTIMAX 20,471 17.93
MUN2 CABLE 39,888 34.93
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD 57,833 50.64
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 84,446 73.95
NBA-TV 59,721 52.30
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 77,746 68.08
NFL NETWORK 70,910 62.09
NICK-AT-NITE 98,799 86.51
NICKELODEON 98,799 86.51
NICKTOONS 67,950 59.50
NICK JR (formerly NOGGIN) 76,389 66.89
NUVO TV 32,735 28.66
OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (formerly Discovery Health) 83,261 72.91
OUTDOOR CHANNEL 39,175 34.30
OVATION NETWORK 43,412 38.01
OXYGEN MEDIA 78,208 68.48
REELZCHANNEL 66,739 58.44
RFD-TV 40,699 35.64
SCIENCE (formerly SCIENCE CHANNEL) 76,804 67.25
SHOWTIME 28,094 24.60
SHOWTIME PRIME 27,867 24.40
SOAPNET 66,352 58.10
SPIKE TV 97,639 85.50
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 31,822 27.87
SPROUT 55,218 48.35
STARZ 29,141 25.52
STARZ PRIMARY 28,436 24.90
STYLE 73,579 64.43
SYFY 97,447 85.33
TBS NETWORK 99,231 86.89
TeenNick (formerly THE N) 73,443 64.31
THE CARTOON NETWORK 98,671 86.40
THE HUB (formerly DISCOVERY KIDS) 72,237 63.25
THE INSPIRATIONAL NETWORK 74,631 65.35
THE WEATHER CHANNEL 99,926 87.50
TLC 97,842 85.68
TRAVEL CHANNEL 94,418 82.68
TR3S 36,301 31.79
TRU TV (formerly COURT TV) 91,197 79.86
TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 98,139 85.94
TV GUIDE NETWORK 77,294 67.68
TV LAND 96,282 84.31
TV ONE 57,419 50.28
UP (Formerly GMC) 60,858 53.29
USA NETWORK 98,647 86.38
VELOCITY (Formerly HD THEATER) 52,271 45.77
VH1 96,786 84.75
VH1 CLASSIC 61,717 54.04
WE:WOMENS ENTERTAINMENT 83,151 72.81
WGN AMERICA (formerly Superstation WGN) 73,969 64.77
TOTAL CABLE PLUS 103,241 90.40
TOTAL WIRED CABLE 68,033 59.57
CABLE PLUS W/ PAY 55,719 48.79
WIRED CABLE W/ PAY 37,031 32.43
ADS 35,833 31.38
TOTAL U.S. 114,200
©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
 
  • Igwell

    Weather Channel won by half a million over CNN and Food Network.

  • Greg

    Wow, considering the number of people that actually have HBO and Showtime, their scripted shows are real successes.

  • Ryan

    No Sundance or CBSSN?

  • TBFL

    Turner Classic Movies?

  • Michael

    I’m confused by this. How can all these channels by in less than 100000 homes? How can million people watch the duck dynasty premiere or two million pll every week?

  • Cory

    @Michael

    Numbers are in millions.

  • Nicole

    So most of the networks like Disney channel or history which has over 90 million homes , how come they get low views, and when I say low I mean compared to how many houses actually have the channel

  • Nick

    @Ryan, TBFL – these are only the Nielsen rated networks. TCM, CBSSN and Sundance are not rated. But according to the latest reporting I’ve seen, TCM is in 85 million homes, CBSSN 48 million, and Sundance 50 million. Sundance will actually become Nielsen rated in October.

  • Oliver

    All the big channels have dropped slightly since last year’s list. Cable is stagnating.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    As far as Sundance, CBS Sports Network and Turner Clasic Movies, my best guess is for why they aren’t there is because those stations do not subscribe to the Nielsen services that would regularly measure them (which Nick backs up above).

    We don’t see those in the regular weekly reporting that includes more than 14,000 cable telecasts either.

    Michael: first 10 million is less than 100 million, but you’re mixing apples and oranges which is a pretty common mistake. Coverage measures HOMES, but total viewers measures PEOPLE not homes.

    There are only 114.2 million homes (until that’s bumped up to 115.6M any day now) but on average there are about 2.5 people per home so the number of potential viewers is much higher than the number of households.

  • Oliver

    Wait a second, doesn’t this suggest there are fewer US households than last year (114,200 vs 114,700)? Or is that just households with televisions?

    Either way, strange.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Oliver, yes (both of the numbers were only households with televisions) though it’s going to go up to 115.6 million (to also include any homes who only watch programming via streaming) any moment now.

  • Michael1

    @Robert Seidman

    I think Michael is confused because the totals appear to be expressed in thousands, but it does not say that anywhere on the table.

  • TimsDale4ever

    What I really find amazing, and people don’t get, is if there are say 98 million households for a certain channel with an average of just say 2 viewers per household, means there could be nearly 2 hundred million people to watch a given show. Then when the ratings come in and a show attracts 10 million viewers all the networks scream success. Really??? Not so sure….. It’s sort of scary the number of choices we have all the time.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Michael: ah, my bad. fixed, thanks.

  • romo

    Some of those logos are really old and outdated….lol.

  • EatMorePez

    Remember: Fox Soccer Channel will become FXX very shortly.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @romo: numbers are recent at least. but yeah, the graphic is really old and outdated like me.

  • Nicole

    @Rob So most of the networks like Disney channel or history which has over 90 million homes , how come they get low views, and when I say low I mean compared to how many houses actually have the channel

  • Ryan

    @Nick, Robert Does that mean we’ll finally get the ratings for Rectify along with The Red Road come 2014? :D

    @Nicole, Disney probably gets most of it’s viewers during the day since it’s targeted towards kids therefore the night programming won’t gather many views. Also gotta take into account Nielsen isn’t in every home. So of those 90 million viewers, maybe about 10& of those are actually counted in the reports. That’s one reason why you may see the lower rated shows (see: AMC unscripted slate, The Killing, CW shows, etc) continue with ratings that would get it pulled from the big 4 in a heartbeat.

© 2014 Tribune Digital Ventures