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NBC, CBS at Head of B&C Top 25 Nets

NBC remains the largest television network, but CBS is gaining ground. That’s the conclusion of Broadcasting & Cable’s annual list of the top 25 TV networks.

Ranked by estimated revenues for 2003, NBC is expected to generate $4.46 billion for the year. CBS moved up a notch to second place with $4.05 billion. With its revenues growing slowly, shopping network QVC dropped a notch to third.

New entrants to the list are Trading Spaces-fueled The Learning Channel and shopping network ShopNBC. Falling off are CNBC and Starz!.

For more on the top 25 networks, please see the special report in the Dec. 1 issue of B&C.