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Top Ad-Supported Networks

1/02/2010 2:00 AM Eastern

PEOPLE 2-PLUS

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Nickelodeon 2,183 2,224
2. Disney Channel 1,654 1,475
3. USA Network 1,521 1,324
4. Nick at Nite 1,510 1,493
5. TNT 1,253 1,249
6. Fox News Channel 1,208 1,059
7. Adult Swim 1,100 1,009
8. Cartoon Network 1,046 1,103
9. ESPN 958 937
10. TBS 954 988


MEN 18-PLUS

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. ESPN 642 631
2. Fox News Channel 607 519
3. USA Network 598 509
4. TNT 523 508
5. History 458 445
6. Adult Swim 399 377
7. TBS 394 402
8. Discovery 385 362
9. TruTV 355 325
10. Spike 330 336


WOMEN 18-PLUS

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. USA 796 686
2. TNT 630 629
3. Nick at Nite 586 557
4. Fox News Channel 579 521
5. Lifetime 516 635
6. HGTV 466 443
7. Nickelodeon 439 448
8. TBS 428 443
9. A&E Network 427 430
10. Food Network 426 352


KIDS 2 TO 11

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Nickelodeon 1,202 1,220
2. Disney Channel 905 804
3. Cartoon Network 551 607
4. Nick Jr. 317 237
5. Nick at Nite 315 294
6. Adult Swim 192 192
7. Disney XD 137 126
8. ABC Family 103 119
9. Nicktoons 84 71
10. TBS 55 57


TEENS 12 TO 17

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Nick at Nite 318 316
2. Nickelodeon 292 297
3. Disney Channel 286 263
4. Adult Swim 230 231
5. Cartoon Network 152 158
6. ABC Family 115 130
7. MTV 106 131
8. Comedy Central 82 94
9. TBS 77 86
10. FX 76 82


YOUNG ADULTS 18-24

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Adult Swim 240 236
2. Nick at Nite 183 202
3. TBS 145 155
4. Nickelodeon 140 139
5. MTV 136 149
6. ESPN 120 124
7. USA 119 115
8. Comedy Central 113 129
9. TNT 103 104
10. FX 100 112


ADULTS 25-34

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Adult Swim 207 179
2. Nickelodeon 203 215
3. Nick at Nite 183 185
4. TBS 177 175
5. ESPN 174 177
6. TNT 170 166
7. USA Network 168 154
8. Disney Channel 123 109
9. FX 121 119
10. Discovery Channel 115 117


ADULTS 35-49

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. USA Network 370 347
2. TNT 346 347
3. Nick at Nite 269 268
4. TBS 259 254
5. ESPN 253 240
6. A&E Network 214 213
7. Nickelodeon 213 215
8. TruTV 199 191
9. History 198 188
10. FX 197 187


ADULTS 50-PLUS

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
SOURCE: The Nielsen Co. Ad-supported networks (plus Disney Channel and Nick at Nite) ranked by average audience for full day, year to date. For 2009, the data covers Jan. 1, 2009 to Nov. 13, 2009; for 2008 the average audiences cover the full calendar year. Compiled for Multichannel News by Fox Cable Networks.
1. Fox News Channel 947 824
2. USA Network 737 578
3. TNT 533 520
4. CNN 446 464
5. Hallmark Channel 417 532
6. HGTV 365 342
7. A&E Network 347 329
8. TruTV 326 339
9. History 313 306
10. TV Land 311 335
10. AMC 311 326