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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. Nickelodeon2,1832,224
2. Disney Channel1,6541,475
3. USA Network1,5211,324
4. Nick at Nite1,5101,493
5. TNT1,2531,249
6. Fox News Channel1,2081,059
7. Adult Swim1,1001,009
8. Cartoon Network1,0461,103
9. ESPN958937
10. TBS954988

MEN 18-PLUS

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. ESPN642631
2. Fox News Channel607519
3. USA Network598509
4. TNT523508
5. History458445
6. Adult Swim399377
7. TBS394402
8. Discovery385362
9. TruTV355325
10. Spike330336

WOMEN 18-PLUS

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. USA796686
2. TNT630629
3. Nick at Nite586557
4. Fox News Channel579521
5. Lifetime516635
6. HGTV466443
7. Nickelodeon439448
8. TBS428443
9. A&E Network427430
10. Food Network426352

KIDS 2 TO 11

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Nickelodeon1,2021,220
2. Disney Channel905804
3. Cartoon Network551607
4. Nick Jr.317237
5. Nick at Nite315294
6. Adult Swim192192
7. Disney XD137126
8. ABC Family103119
9. Nicktoons8471
10. TBS5557

TEENS 12 TO 17

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Nick at Nite318316
2. Nickelodeon292297
3. Disney Channel286263
4. Adult Swim230231
5. Cartoon Network152158
6. ABC Family115130
7. MTV106131
8. Comedy Central8294
9. TBS7786
10. FX7682

YOUNG ADULTS 18-24

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Adult Swim240236
2. Nick at Nite183202
3. TBS145155
4. Nickelodeon140139
5. MTV136149
6. ESPN120124
7. USA119115
8. Comedy Central113129
9. TNT103104
10. FX100112

ADULTS 25-34

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. Adult Swim207179
2. Nickelodeon203215
3. Nick at Nite183185
4. TBS177175
5. ESPN174177
6. TNT170166
7. USA Network168154
8. Disney Channel123109
9. FX121119
10. Discovery Channel115117

ADULTS 35-49

(In thousands)

Average Audience
Rank/Network 2009 2008
1. USA Network370347
2. TNT346347
3. Nick at Nite269268
4. TBS259254
5. ESPN253240
6. A&E Network214213
7. Nickelodeon213215
8. TruTV199191
9. History198188
10. FX197187

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 Channel947824
2. USA Network737578
3. TNT533520
4. CNN446464
5. Hallmark Channel417532
6. HGTV365342
7. A&E Network347329
8. TruTV326339
9. History313306
10. TV Land311335
10. AMC311326

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