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

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August 23rd, 2013

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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.
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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
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  • Nicole

    Oh I get it I thought the 98 million homes were all Nielsen but realised that they are not thanks @ryan

  • AppleStinx

    While Cable lost households, Cable w/Pay gained a whole bunch.

    Of the cable news channels, only Fox Business Network gained, while CNN/HLN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, Current TV all lost. I see Nielsen still has those odd separate entries for “Cable News Network” and “Headline News” (which became HLN several moons ago).

  • AppleStinx

    I might add that in terms of %coverage, the cable news channels didn’t see a significant drop (under 1 percentage points) – except for Current TV (lost almost 10 percentage points) and FBN (gained more than 6 percentage points). CNN/HLN stayed the same.

  • Melissa

    Interesting

  • Andrew

    Does these numbers include businesses like restaurants and doctor’s offices?

  • tested

    Seems to be an error on this list.
    You have:
    Cable News Network 98,496
    CNN / HLN 99,292
    Headline News 98,010

    One assumes that one of these is for CNN and another is for HLN…so which is which and what is the 3rd number for?

  • steve

    I would definitely like to see this broken down into HD and SD versions of each channel. There are still many HD versions of channels that aren’t available on major cable and dish providers.

  • ray

    Just how accurate is this

  • Feedback

    Top 20 for those who want to see it in order:

    1. THE WEATHER CHANNEL 99,926 87.50
    2. CNN / HLN 99,292 86.95
    3. FOOD NETWORK 99,283 86.94
    4. TBS NETWORK 99,231 86.89
    5. DISCOVERY CHANNEL 98,891 86.59
    6. NICK / NICK@NITE 98,799 86.51
    7. CN / ADULT SWIM 98,671 86.40
    8. USA NETWORK 98,647 86.38
    9. CABLE NEWS NETWORK 98,496 86.25
    10. A&E NETWORK 98,302 86.08
    11. LIFETIME TELEVISION 98,251 86.03
    12. HOME AND GARDEN TV 98,229 86.01
    13. HISTORY 98,226 86.01
    14. DISNEY CHANNEL 98,142 85.94
    15. TNT 98,139 85.94
    16. HEADLINE NEWS 98,010 85.82
    17. TLC 97,842 85.68
    18. COMEDY CENTRAL 97,838 85.67
    19. ESPN 97,736 85.58
    20. ESPN2 97,717 85.57
    21. AMC 97,699 85.55
    22. MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION 97,654 85.51
    23. SPIKE TV 97,639 85.50
    24. SYFY 97,447 85.33
    25. FOX NEWS CHANNEL 97,186 85.10

    Barely making it to the top 25 are FX, VH1, E!, ABC Family and TV Land which round up the top 30.

  • 1nancy2

    HI A. Sticks.
    Thanks for the info. I miss seeing you and the gang on the other cable tv by the numbers. It seemed like the crazies posting there got the rest of us booted off. Well, maybe some day, we’ll return, included Coffee S. and R. Boy. Cheers.

  • AppleStinx

    Hello, 1nancy2.

    I hope life is treating you kindly.

  • john

    Don’t misread this list of cable channels. This is not a rating of cable channels. It lists the number of homes, these channles are in. NOT, the number of people watching a particular channel.

    MSNBC is listed at 94xxx million homes, but no where near that number actually watches the garbage this channel puts out.

  • nathan

    is neilsen an credible source any more?? these numbers look real fishy. as an advertiser I think I would look elsewhere.

  • Joie

    I’m surprised at SoapNet’s numbers. I would have expected them to be much lower than that by now.

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