NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- AMC Networks (AMCX) - Get Report stock is plunging 7.12% to $65.79 on heavy trading volume Thursday after the cable television company reported a decline in U.S. subscribers.

Subscriptions for the company's core channel, AMC, dropped to 93.6 million as of December 31, compared with 95 million subscribers at the end of 2014, according to Nielsen data, the company said before today's market open.

Other channels the company owns, such as BBC America and IFC, also lost subscribers. BBC America subscribers fell to 77.1 million from 78.2 million in the same period, while IFC subscription declined to 71.2 million from 73.7 million.

AMC Networks, however, delivered better than expected earnings and revenue for the 2015 fourth quarter this morning.

The company posted earnings of $1.31 per share on revenue of $678.95 million for the three months ended December 31. Analysts had estimated earnings of $1.18 per share on revenue of $675.02 million.

So far today, 2.24 million shares of AMC Networks have been traded, compared with its average daily volume of 774,864 shares.

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