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Cartoon Network makes big gains

Thanks to its huge influx of subscribers from TCI cable systems, the Cartoon Network has gained more than 9.4 million homes between December 1996 and March ’97, giving it the largest distribution growth of any cabler during the period.

Ranking second on the distribution increase chart (as tracked by Nielsen) is Home & Garden Television with just over 8.7 million gains during the period, while the History Channel was third with slightly more than 6.7 million new homes and ESPN2 fourth at nearly 5.4 million.

Other big gainers included the Sci-Fi Channel (3.5 million), the Disney Channel (3.15 million) and the Learning Channel (3.1 million).

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