List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015

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Here are the Nielsen U.S. cable channel (includes satellite & telco providers too) coverage estimates as of February 2015.

These are the number of households that Nielsen estimates actually receive each network. The percentage calculation is based on Nielsen’s estimate of 116.4 million homes in the U.S. with televisions.

*Note:  despite being the February estimates, they were produced before Fox News ended its dispute w/Dish Networks in January and it’s safer to assume Fox News is in 94.7 million homes and that Fox Business Network is in 79.9 million homes (those were the numbers in the January estimates).

Network name Estimated # of Homes (000) Coverage %
A&E NETWORK 95,968 82.4
ABC FAMILY 94,406 81.1
ADULT SWIM 96,390 82.8
AL JAZEERA AMERICA (Formerly CURRENT TV) 61,513 52.8
AMC 94,832 81.5
AMERICAN HEROES CH (Formerly MILITARY CHANNEL) 59,917 51.5
ANIMAL PLANET 94,288 81.0
BBC-AMERICA 78,375 67.3
BEIN SPORT 16,945 14.6
BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 88,255 75.8
BOOMERANG 43,603 37.5
BRAVO 92,295 79.3
CABLE NEWS NETWORK 96,289 82.7
CENTRIC 51,829 44.5
CHILLER 38,820 33.4
CLOO (Formerly SLEUTH) 25,495 21.9
CMT 86,989 74.7
CNBC 93,623 80.4
CNN / HLN 97,092 83.4
COMEDY CENTRAL 93,992 80.7
COOKING CHANNEL (Formerly FINE LIVING) 61,951 53.2
DESTINATION AMERICA (Formerly PLANET GREEN) 57,238 49.2
DISCOVERY CHANNEL 96,589 83.0
DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 6,476 5.6
DISCOVERY FAMILIA 5,778 5.0
DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL (Formerly THE HUB) 69,513 59.7
DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL (Formerly DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH) 46,696 40.1
DISNEY CHANNEL 96,206 82.7
DISNEY JUNIOR 74,972 64.4
DISNEY😄 (Formerly TOON DISNEY) 80,120 68.8
DIY NETWORK 60,942 52.4
E! ENTERTAINMENT TV 94,296 81.0
EL REY 24,594 21.1
ENCORE 39,709 34.1
ENCORE PRIMARY 38,310 32.9
ESPN 94,396 81.1
ESPN CLASSIC 25,516 21.9
ESPN2 94,379 81.1
ESPNEWS 71,989 61.8
ESPNU 73,594 63.2
ESQUIRE NETWORK (Formerly STYLE) 70,253 60.4
FOOD NETWORK 96,931 83.3
FOX BUSINESS NETWORK* 74,224 63.8
FOX DEPORTES 21,831 18.8
FOX NEWS CHANNEL* 87,058 74.8
FOX SPORTS 1 (Formerly SPEED) 84,836 72.9
FOX SPORTS 2 (Formerly FUEL) 45,393 39.0
FUSE 71,491 61.4
FX 95,033 81.6
FX MOVIE CHANNEL 52,607 45.2
FXX (Formerly FOX SOCCER CHANNEL) 77,280 66.4
FYI (Formerly BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL) 70,932 60.9
GALAVISION 68,355 58.7
GOLF CHANNEL 79,250 68.1
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 59,547 51.2
GSN 79,471 68.3
H2 (Formerly HISTORY INTERNATIONAL) 71,220 61.2
HALLMARK CHANNEL 85,439 73.4
HALLMARK MOVIE & MYSTERIES (Formerly HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL) 55,827 48.0
HBO – THE WORKS 35,817 30.8
HBO PRIME 35,451 30.5
HEADLINE NEWS 95,174 81.8
HISTORY 96,149 82.6
HOME AND GARDEN TV 95,628 82.2
IFC TV (Formerly INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL) 73,333 63.0
INSP (Formerly THE INSPIRATIONAL NETWORK) 80,584 69.2
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (Formerly DISCOVERY TIMES) 86,062 73.9
LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 82,031 70.5
LIFETIME TELEVISION 95,894 82.4
LOGO 51,337 44.1
MAXPRIME 20,926 18.0
MLB NETWORK 69,991 60.1
MSNBC 94,531 81.2
MTV (Formerly MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION) 93,240 80.1
MTV2 79,416 68.2
MULTIMAX 21,381 18.4
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 86,144 74.0
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD 57,891 49.7
NBA-TV 57,129 49.1
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 81,578 70.1
NBC UNIVERSO (Formerly MUN2 CABLE) 39,326 33.8
NFL NETWORK 71,867 61.7
NICK JR (Formerly NOGGIN) 75,426 64.8
NICK-AT-NITE 94,792 81.4
NICKELODEON 94,792 81.4
NICKTOONS 66,545 57.2
NUVO TV 34,734 29.8
OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (Formerly Discovery Health) 81,857 70.3
OUTDOOR CHANNEL 35,814 30.8
OVATION NETWORK 54,048 46.4
OXYGEN MEDIA 77,450 66.5
POP (Formerly TV GUIDE NETWORK) 75,255 64.7
REELZCHANNEL 68,200 58.6
RFD-TV 47,381 40.7
SCIENCE (Formerly SCIENCE CHANNEL) 75,481 64.8
SHOWTIME 27,707 23.8
SHOWTIME PRIME 27,596 23.7
SMITHSONIAN 33,663 28.9
SPIKE TV 93,364 80.2
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 34,087 29.3
SPROUT 57,993 49.8
STARZ 29,255 25.1
STARZ PRIMARY 28,503 24.5
SUNDANCE TV (Formerly SUNDANCE CHANNEL) 57,269 49.2
SYFY 94,804 81.4
TBS NETWORK 96,474 82.9
TEENNICK (Formerly THE N) 72,306 62.1
THE CARTOON NETWORK 96,390 82.8
THE WEATHER CHANNEL 97,304 83.6
TLC 95,030 81.6
TRAVEL CHANNEL 91,468 78.6
TRU TV (Formerly COURT TV) 89,664 77.0
TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 95,331 81.9
TV LAND 92,484 79.5
TV ONE 56,953 48.9
UNIVISION DEPORTES 39,686 34.1
UP (Formerly GMC) 67,615 58.1
USA NETWORK 96,341 82.8
VELOCITY (Formerly HD THEATER) 62,308 53.5
VH1 92,626 79.6
VH1 CLASSIC 58,271 50.1
WE TV (Formerly Womens Entertainment) 85,241 73.2
WGN AMERICA (Formerly Superstation WGN) 72,666 62.4

*Note:  despite being the February estimates, they were produced before Fox News ended its dispute w/Dish Networks in January and it’s  safer to assume Fox News is in 94.7 million homes and that Fox Business Network is in 79.9 million homes (those were the numbers in the January estimates).

Here is the same data, but sorted from highest-to-lowest instead of alphabetically by network:


Network name Estimated # of Homes (000) Coverage %
THE WEATHER CHANNEL 97,304 83.6
CNN / HLN 97,092 83.4
FOOD NETWORK 96,931 83.3
DISCOVERY CHANNEL 96,589 83.0
TBS NETWORK 96,474 82.9
ADULT SWIM 96,390 82.8
THE CARTOON NETWORK 96,390 82.8
USA NETWORK 96,341 82.8
CABLE NEWS NETWORK 96,289 82.7
DISNEY CHANNEL 96,206 82.7
HISTORY 96,149 82.6
A&E NETWORK 95,968 82.4
LIFETIME TELEVISION 95,894 82.4
HOME AND GARDEN TV 95,628 82.2
TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 95,331 81.9
HEADLINE NEWS 95,174 81.8
FX 95,033 81.6
TLC 95,030 81.6
AMC 94,832 81.5
SYFY 94,804 81.4
NICK-AT-NITE 94,792 81.4
NICKELODEON 94,792 81.4
MSNBC 94,531 81.2
ABC FAMILY 94,406 81.1
ESPN 94,396 81.1
ESPN2 94,379 81.1
E! ENTERTAINMENT TV 94,296 81.0
ANIMAL PLANET 94,288 81.0
COMEDY CENTRAL 93,992 80.7
CNBC 93,623 80.4
SPIKE TV 93,364 80.2
MTV (Formerly MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION) 93,240 80.1
VH1 92,626 79.6
TV LAND 92,484 79.5
BRAVO 92,295 79.3
TRAVEL CHANNEL 91,468 78.6
TRU TV (Formerly COURT TV) 89,664 77.0
BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 88,255 75.8
FOX NEWS CHANNEL* 87,058 74.8
CMT 86,989 74.7
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 86,144 74.0
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (Formerly DISCOVERY TIMES) 86,062 73.9
HALLMARK CHANNEL 85,439 73.4
WE TV (Formerly Womens Entertainment) 85,241 73.2
FOX SPORTS 1 (Formerly SPEED) 84,836 72.9
LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 82,031 70.5
OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (Formerly Discovery Health) 81,857 70.3
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 81,578 70.1
INSP (Formerly THE INSPIRATIONAL NETWORK) 80,584 69.2
DISNEY😄 (Formerly TOON DISNEY) 80,120 68.8
GSN 79,471 68.3
MTV2 79,416 68.2
GOLF CHANNEL 79,250 68.1
BBC-AMERICA 78,375 67.3
OXYGEN MEDIA 77,450 66.5
FXX (Formerly FOX SOCCER CHANNEL) 77,280 66.4
SCIENCE (Formerly SCIENCE CHANNEL) 75,481 64.8
NICK JR (Formerly NOGGIN) 75,426 64.8
POP (Formerly TV GUIDE NETWORK) 75,255 64.7
DISNEY JUNIOR 74,972 64.4
FOX BUSINESS NETWORK* 74,224 63.8
ESPNU 73,594 63.2
IFC TV (Formerly INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL) 73,333 63.0
WGN AMERICA (Formerly Superstation WGN) 72,666 62.4
TEENNICK (Formerly THE N) 72,306 62.1
ESPNEWS 71,989 61.8
NFL NETWORK 71,867 61.7
FUSE 71,491 61.4
H2 (Formerly HISTORY INTERNATIONAL) 71,220 61.2
FYI (Formerly BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL) 70,932 60.9
ESQUIRE NETWORK (Formerly STYLE) 70,253 60.4
MLB NETWORK 69,991 60.1
DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL (Formerly THE HUB) 69,513 59.7
GALAVISION 68,355 58.7
REELZCHANNEL 68,200 58.6
UP (Formerly GMC) 67,615 58.1
NICKTOONS 66,545 57.2
VELOCITY (Formerly HD THEATER) 62,308 53.5
COOKING CHANNEL (Formerly FINE LIVING) 61,951 53.2
AL JAZEERA AMERICA (Formerly CURRENT TV) 61,513 52.8
DIY NETWORK 60,942 52.4
AMERICAN HEROES CH (Formerly MILITARY CHANNEL) 59,917 51.5
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 59,547 51.2
VH1 CLASSIC 58,271 50.1
SPROUT 57,993 49.8
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD 57,891 49.7
SUNDANCE TV (Formerly SUNDANCE CHANNEL) 57,269 49.2
DESTINATION AMERICA (Formerly PLANET GREEN) 57,238 49.2
NBA-TV 57,129 49.1
TV ONE 56,953 48.9
HALLMARK MOVIE & MYSTERIES (Formerly HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL) 55,827 48.0
OVATION NETWORK 54,048 46.4
FX MOVIE CHANNEL 52,607 45.2
CENTRIC 51,829 44.5
LOGO 51,337 44.1
RFD-TV 47,381 40.7
DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL (Formerly DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH) 46,696 40.1
FOX SPORTS 2 (Formerly FUEL) 45,393 39.0
BOOMERANG 43,603 37.5
ENCORE 39,709 34.1
UNIVISION DEPORTES 39,686 34.1
NBC UNIVERSO (Formerly MUN2 CABLE) 39,326 33.8
CHILLER 38,820 33.4
ENCORE PRIMARY 38,310 32.9
HBO – THE WORKS 35,817 30.8
OUTDOOR CHANNEL 35,814 30.8
HBO PRIME 35,451 30.5
NUVO TV 34,734 29.8
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 34,087 29.3
SMITHSONIAN 33,663 28.9
STARZ 29,255 25.1
STARZ PRIMARY 28,503 24.5
SHOWTIME 27,707 23.8
SHOWTIME PRIME 27,596 23.7
ESPN CLASSIC 25,516 21.9
CLOO (Formerly SLEUTH) 25,495 21.9
EL REY 24,594 21.1
FOX DEPORTES 21,831 18.8
MULTIMAX 21,381 18.4
MAXPRIME 20,926 18.0
BEIN SPORT 16,945 14.6
DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 6,476 5.6
DISCOVERY FAMILIA 5,778 5.0

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