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

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

Network name Estimated # of Homes (000) Coverage %
A&E NETWORK 94,964 81.6
ABC FAMILY 93,413 80.3
ADULT SWIM 95,509 82.1
AL JAZEERA AMERICA (Formerly CURRENT TV) 62,771 53.9
AMC 94,491 81.2
AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL 58,741 50.5
ANIMAL PLANET 92,571 79.5
BBC-AMERICA 77,556 66.6
BEIN SPORT 18,161 15.6
BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 87,481 75.2
BOOMERANG 43,042 37.0
BRAVO 90,891 78.1
CENTRIC 51,172 44.0
CHILLER 37,360 32.1
CLOO (Formerly SLEUTH) 25,192 21.6
CMT 86,239 74.1
CNBC 92,537 79.5
CNN (Formerly CABLE NEWS NETWORK) 95,426 82.0
CNN / HLN 96,374 82.8
COMEDY CENTRAL 93,125 80.0
COOKING CHANNEL (Formerly FINE LIVING) 65,229 56.0
DESTINATION AMERICA (Formerly PLANET GREEN) 56,426 48.5
DISCOVERY CHANNEL 95,757 82.3
DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 6,322 5.4
DISCOVERY FAMILIA 5,573 4.8
DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL (Formerly THE HUB) 68,125 58.5
DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL (Formerly DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH) 46,781 40.2
DISNEY CHANNEL 95,463 82.0
DISNEY JUNIOR 74,889 64.3
DISNEY XD (Formerly TOON DISNEY) 79,117 68.0
DIY NETWORK 62,027 53.3
E! ENTERTAINMENT TV 94,094 80.8
EL REY 35,645 30.6
ENCORE 40,542 34.8
ENCORE PRIMARY 38,957 33.5
ESPN 92,940 79.8
ESPN CLASSIC 25,191 21.6
ESPN2 92,855 79.8
ESPNEWS 71,293 61.2
ESPNU 73,091 62.8
ESQUIRE NETWORK (Formerly STYLE) 69,189 59.4
FOOD NETWORK 96,296 82.7
FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 83,754 72.0
FOX DEPORTES 21,534 18.5
FOX NEWS CHANNEL 93,915 80.7
FOX SPORTS 1 (Formerly SPEED) 84,309 72.4
FOX SPORTS 2 (Formerly FUEL) 46,659 40.1
FUSE 71,102 61.1
FX 94,006 80.8
FX MOVIE CHANNEL 52,629 45.2
FXX (Formerly FOX SOCCER CHANNEL) 78,498 67.4
FYI (Formerly BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL) 70,068 60.2
GALAVISION 68,117 58.5
GOLF CHANNEL 78,299 67.3
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 58,586 50.3
GSN 80,011 68.7
H2 (Formerly HISTORY INTERNATIONAL) 70,705 60.7
HALLMARK CHANNEL 84,027 72.2
HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES (Formerly HMRK MOVIE CHANNEL) 56,195 48.3
HBO – THE WORKS 36,483 31.3
HBO PRIME 36,013 30.9
HEADLINE NEWS 94,607 81.3
HISTORY 95,327 81.9
HOME AND GARDEN TV 94,722 81.4
IFC TV (Formerly INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL) 72,738 62.5
INSP (Formerly THE INSPIRATIONAL NETWORK) 81,044 69.6
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (Formerly DISCOVERY TIMES) 85,417 73.4
LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 82,994 71.3
LIFETIME TELEVISION 95,020 81.6
LOGO 50,629 43.5
MAXPRIME 20,785 17.9
MLB NETWORK 68,342 58.7
MSNBC 93,399 80.2
MTV (Formerly MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION) 92,188 79.2
MTV2 78,626 67.5
MULTIMAX 21,325 18.3
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 89,717 77.1
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD 57,898 49.7
NBA-TV 55,785 47.9
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 83,874 72.1
NBC UNIVERSO (Formerly MUN2 CABLE) 41,782 35.9
NFL NETWORK 70,466 60.5
NICK JR (Formerly NOGGIN) 74,753 64.2
NICK-AT-NITE 93,748 80.5
NICKELODEON 93,748 80.5
NICKTOONS 65,822 56.5
NUVO TV 36,621 31.5
OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (Formerly Discovery Health) 80,833 69.4
OUTDOOR CHANNEL 35,312 30.3
OVATION NETWORK 45,957 39.5
OXYGEN MEDIA 76,194 65.5
POP (Formerly TV GUIDE NETWORK) 74,618 64.1
REELZCHANNEL 68,048 58.5
RFD-TV 47,253 40.6
SCIENCE (Formerly SCIENCE CHANNEL) 74,253 63.8
SHOWTIME 28,693 24.7
SHOWTIME PRIME 28,516 24.5
SMITHSONIAN 33,832 29.1
SPIKE TV 92,232 79.2
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 34,030 29.2
SPROUT 57,120 49.1
STARZ 30,816 26.5
STARZ PRIMARY 30,219 26.0
SUNDANCE TV (Formerly SUNDANCE CHANNEL) 60,668 52.1
SYFY 93,632 80.4
TBS NETWORK 95,446 82.0
TEENNICK (Formerly THE N) 71,850 61.7
THE CARTOON NETWORK 95,509 82.1
THE WEATHER CHANNEL 89,732 77.1
TLC 93,861 80.6
TRAVEL CHANNEL 90,201 77.5
TRU TV (Formerly COURT TV) 90,962 78.1
TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 94,259 81.0
TV LAND 91,432 78.5
TV ONE 56,296 48.4
UNIVISION DEPORTES 44,221 38.0
UP (Formerly GMC) 66,499 57.1
USA NETWORK 95,567 82.1
VELOCITY (Formerly HD THEATER) 64,102 55.1
VH1 91,786 78.9
VH1 CLASSIC 57,117 49.1
WE TV (Formerly Womens Entertainment) 85,444 73.4
WGN AMERICA (Formerly Superstation WGN) 72,987 62.7


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

 

Network name Estimated # of Homes (000) Coverage %
CNN / HLN 96,374 82.8
FOOD NETWORK 96,296 82.7
DISCOVERY CHANNEL 95,757 82.3
USA NETWORK 95,567 82.1
ADULT SWIM 95,509 82.1
THE CARTOON NETWORK 95,509 82.1
DISNEY CHANNEL 95,463 82.0
TBS NETWORK 95,446 82.0
CNN (Formerly CABLE NEWS NETWORK) 95,426 82.0
HISTORY 95,327 81.9
LIFETIME TELEVISION 95,020 81.6
A&E NETWORK 94,964 81.6
HOME AND GARDEN TV 94,722 81.4
HEADLINE NEWS 94,607 81.3
AMC 94,491 81.2
TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 94,259 81.0
E! ENTERTAINMENT TV 94,094 80.8
FX 94,006 80.8
FOX NEWS CHANNEL 93,915 80.7
TLC 93,861 80.6
NICK-AT-NITE 93,748 80.5
NICKELODEON 93,748 80.5
SYFY 93,632 80.4
ABC FAMILY 93,413 80.3
MSNBC 93,399 80.2
COMEDY CENTRAL 93,125 80.0
ESPN 92,940 79.8
ESPN2 92,855 79.8
ANIMAL PLANET 92,571 79.5
CNBC 92,537 79.5
SPIKE TV 92,232 79.2
MTV (Formerly MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION) 92,188 79.2
VH1 91,786 78.9
TV LAND 91,432 78.5
TRU TV (Formerly COURT TV) 90,962 78.1
BRAVO 90,891 78.1
TRAVEL CHANNEL 90,201 77.5
THE WEATHER CHANNEL 89,732 77.1
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 89,717 77.1
BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 87,481 75.2
CMT 86,239 74.1
WE TV (Formerly Womens Entertainment) 85,444 73.4
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (Formerly DISCOVERY TIMES) 85,417 73.4
FOX SPORTS 1 (Formerly SPEED) 84,309 72.4
HALLMARK CHANNEL 84,027 72.2
NBC SPORTS NETWORK 83,874 72.1
FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 83,754 72.0
LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 82,994 71.3
INSP (Formerly THE INSPIRATIONAL NETWORK) 81,044 69.6
OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (Formerly Discovery Health) 80,833 69.4
GSN 80,011 68.7
DISNEY XD (Formerly TOON DISNEY) 79,117 68.0
MTV2 78,626 67.5
FXX (Formerly FOX SOCCER CHANNEL) 78,498 67.4
GOLF CHANNEL 78,299 67.3
BBC-AMERICA 77,556 66.6
OXYGEN MEDIA 76,194 65.5
DISNEY JUNIOR 74,889 64.3
NICK JR (Formerly NOGGIN) 74,753 64.2
POP (Formerly TV GUIDE NETWORK) 74,618 64.1
SCIENCE (Formerly SCIENCE CHANNEL) 74,253 63.8
ESPNU 73,091 62.8
WGN AMERICA (Formerly Superstation WGN) 72,987 62.7
IFC TV (Formerly INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL) 72,738 62.5
TEENNICK (Formerly THE N) 71,850 61.7
ESPNEWS 71,293 61.2
FUSE 71,102 61.1
H2 (Formerly HISTORY INTERNATIONAL) 70,705 60.7
NFL NETWORK 70,466 60.5
FYI (Formerly BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL) 70,068 60.2
ESQUIRE NETWORK (Formerly STYLE) 69,189 59.4
MLB NETWORK 68,342 58.7
DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL (Formerly THE HUB) 68,125 58.5
GALAVISION 68,117 58.5
REELZCHANNEL 68,048 58.5
UP (Formerly GMC) 66,499 57.1
NICKTOONS 65,822 56.5
COOKING CHANNEL (Formerly FINE LIVING) 65,229 56.0
VELOCITY (Formerly HD THEATER) 64,102 55.1
AL JAZEERA AMERICA (Formerly CURRENT TV) 62,771 53.9
DIY NETWORK 62,027 53.3
SUNDANCE TV (Formerly SUNDANCE CHANNEL) 60,668 52.1
AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL (Formerly MILITARY CHANNEL) 58,741 50.5
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 58,586 50.3
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD 57,898 49.7
SPROUT 57,120 49.1
VH1 CLASSIC 57,117 49.1
DESTINATION AMERICA (Formerly PLANET GREEN) 56,426 48.5
TV ONE 56,296 48.4
HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES (Formerly HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL) 56,195 48.3
NBA-TV 55,785 47.9
FX MOVIE CHANNEL 52,629 45.2
CENTRIC 51,172 44.0
LOGO 50,629 43.5
RFD-TV 47,253 40.6
DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL (Formerly DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH) 46,781 40.2
FOX SPORTS 2 (Formerly FUEL) 46,659 40.1
OVATION NETWORK 45,957 39.5
UNIVISION DEPORTES 44,221 38.0
BOOMERANG 43,042 37.0
NBC UNIVERSO (Formerly MUN2 CABLE) 41,782 35.9
ENCORE 40,542 34.8
ENCORE PRIMARY 38,957 33.5
CHILLER 37,360 32.1
NUVO TV 36,621 31.5
HBO – THE WORKS 36,483 31.3
HBO PRIME 36,013 30.9
EL REY 35,645 30.6
OUTDOOR CHANNEL 35,312 30.3
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL 34,030 29.2
SMITHSONIAN 33,832 29.1
STARZ 30,816 26.5
STARZ PRIMARY 30,219 26.0
SHOWTIME 28,693 24.7
SHOWTIME PRIME 28,516 24.5
CLOO (Formerly SLEUTH) 25,192 21.6
ESPN CLASSIC 25,191 21.6
FOX DEPORTES 21,534 18.5
MULTIMAX 21,325 18.3
MAXPRIME 20,785 17.9
BEIN SPORT 18,161 15.6
DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 6,322 5.4
DISCOVERY FAMILIA 5,573 4.8
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