SpongeBob being the most watched tally Nick’s 14th winning week; Back to back finale of Bucket and Skinner to air on Teen Nick tonight; The Hub grabs early daytime Emmy wins as 2014 Daytime Emmys draw near; DreamWorks acquires Awesomeness TV


Welcome to the Dude’s finale edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here what’s topping today!


We’ve got the last ratings report for April as the Sponge continues to top other shows through the past few weeks in the month. This is Nick’s 14th weekly win since the schedule change across the networks 3 weeks ago. Let’s check how it managed against Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and The Hub:


NEW YORK -April 30, 2013- Nickelodeon is the week’s (4/22/13-4/28/13) most-watched net on basic cable among both K2-11 and total viewers. Nick also continued its 14th consecutive week of posting year-over year gains, garnering a 2.5/841,000, up +9% among kids 2-11 and averaging 1.6 million total viewers, an increase of +5%. Nick also topped basic with total viewers in April, posting year over year gains for the month, up+6% with total viewers and +8% with K2-11.

SpongeBob SquarePants ranked as basic cable’s number-one animated series with kids 2-11 (5.4/1.8 million) for the week; followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4.9/1.6 million). Additionally, Bubble Guppies was basic cable’s top preschool program for the second straight week, averaging a 6.0/801,000 K2-5, posting double-digit gains over last year (+25%).

The highly anticipated series premiere episode of Teen Titans GO! was #1 in its time period with kids 2-11 and 6-11, including all key boy demos, with double-digit growth among all key kids and boy demos vs. the same time period year ago.

Across April 2013, Cartoon Network ranked as television’s #1 network for Early Prime (7-9 p.m.) delivery of boys 6-11 and 9-14; as well as, #1 in Total Day with boys 9-14.

Cartoon Network was the #1 destination for all key boys among all TV on Monday and Thursday Night (7-9 p.m.) and #1 for boys 9-14 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Night.

Cartoon Network’s original animated series, Regular Show was the #1 program on Mondays with boys 2-11 and boys 6-11 on all TV and boys 9-14 on basic cable. Monday night premiere episodes of Adventure Time, Regular Show and MAD all ranked #1 in their respective time periods with all key boys.

The original sketch-comedy series Incredible Crew (8 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time periods with all key boy demos, with premieres growing ratings with kids 6-11/9-14 and boys 2-11/6-11.

Saturday Morning premiere episodes of Beyblade: Metal Fury (8 a.m.) and Pokémon BW: Adventures in Unova (8:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in their respective time periods with boys 9-14.

LOS ANGELES – Winding out the month of April, Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, continues to grow exponentially with 16 consecutive months of gains. Additionally, Hub Network achieves 10 months straight as the most co-viewed children’s network. Hub Network’s April performance was buoyed by “R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour: The Series” from Front Street Pictures with The Hatchery, and “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters,” “Littlest Pet Shop,” and “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic,” all from Hasbro Studios.

During the month of April in Total Day, Hub Network demonstrates year-to-year gains among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Adults 18-49, Women 18-49, Persons 2+ and Households for 16 consecutive months. (Details for April are below)
For the tenth consecutive month, Hub Network was the most co-viewed children’s network among Kids 2-11 watching with Adults 18-49.

Monthly Details:

In Total Day, Hub Network earned year-to-year time period delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+18%), Kids 6-11 (+32%), Adults 18-49 (+21%), Women 18-49 (+44%), Adults 25-54 (+15%), Women 25-54 (+35%), Persons 2+ (+26%) and Households (+31%).
In Prime (Monday-Sunday, 8-11 p.m. ET), Hub Network earned year-to-year time period delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+28%), Kids 6-11 (+11%), Adults 18-49 (+22%), Women 18-49 (+41%), Adults 25-54 (+30%), Women 25-54 (+43%), Persons 2+ (+39%) and Households (+36%).

Co-Viewing Details:

Hub Network was the most co-viewed children’s network in Kids 2-11 watching with Adults 18-49.  Thirty-five percent (35%) of Hub Network’s Kids 2-11 watched with an Adult 18-49, ahead of Disney Channel (21%), Nickelodeon (25%), Cartoon Network (18%), Disney XD (19%), Disney Junior (29%), Nicktoons (18%), Teen Nick (18%), Nick at Nite (20%), Adult Swim (24%), Sprout (27%) and Nick Jr. (30%).

Disney Channel

During April 2013, Disney Channel delivered a Total Day sweep across major youth demos, ranking as TV’s #1 network in Kids 2-11 (889,000/2.2 rating), Kids 6-11 (562,000/2.4 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (498,000/2.1 rating). In fact, boasting its highest-rated April of all time, this marked the network’s 24th consecutive month at #1 in Kids 6-11 (dates back to May 2011) and for the 36th straight month in Tweens 9-14 (dates back to May 2010).

Moreover, Disney Channel nearly doubled Nickelodeon in Tweens 9-14 (+95% – vs. 255,000) – its biggest competitive advantage on record and fourth largest ever in Kids 6-11 (+44% – vs. 389,000). Further, this marked Disney Channel’s 22nd consecutive month recording double-digit victories.

In Prime, Disney Channel extended its streak as TV’s #1 network to 98 consecutive months in Kids 6-11 (975,000/4.1 rating) and to 94 months in Tweens 9-14 (856,000/3.6 rating), and was cable TV’s #2 network in Total Viewers (2.40 million), surpassing #3 entertainment network A&E by a considerable 19% (vs. 2.02 million).

“Gravity Falls” was the month’s #1 TV series across Kids 2-11 (2.13 million/5.4 rating), Kids 6-11 (1.65 million/7.0 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.41 million/5.9 rating).
Overall, led by “Jessie” in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11 and “Austin & Ally” in Tweens, Disney Channel held the month’s Top 12 TV telecasts in Kids 2-11/ Kids 6-11 and Top 14 in Tweens.

Disney Junior on Disney Channel

Disney Junior, the daily programming block for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channel, recorded April highs in Girls 2-5 (277,000/3.5 rating) and Women 18-49 (324,000/0.5 rating), and saw its highest rated April in the day part in Kids 2-5 (3.2 rating – tie).

An all-new “Sofia the First” (4/12/13, 9:30 – 9:55 a.m.) ranked as TV’s #1 telecast in Kids 2-5 (1.30 million/8.1 rating) and Girls 2-5 (877,000/11.2 rating) and the #1 preschool cable TV telecast in Total Viewers (2.83 million) and Women 18-49 (557,000/0.9 rating).
Additionally, “Sofia the First” stood as the month’s #1 TV series in Girls 2-5 (379,000/4.8 rating), and was the #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers (1.88 million).
Impressively, 2013 to date, the block accounts for the Top 10 TV telecasts in Kids 2-5 with multiple airings of “Sofia the First” and original episodes of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”.

24- Hour Disney Junior Channel

In its first month of public ratings, 24-hour Disney Junior Channel ranked as the month’s #1 preschool cable TV network in Total Day in Total Viewers (358,000), Kids 2-5 (183,000/1.1 rating), Boys 2-5 (101,000/1.2 rating) and Women 18-49 (73,000), winning each week throughout the month in the target demos.

Despite being in 23 million fewer homes, Disney Junior Channel topped Nick Jr. by double digits in target demos: by 14% in Total Viewers (358,000 vs. 315,000), by 17% in Kids 2-5 (183,000 vs. 157,000) and by 38% in Boys 2-5 (101,000 vs. 73,000).
Disney Junior Channel exceeded Sprout by triple digits across the board: by 156% in Total Viewers (358,000 vs. 140,000), by 195% in Kids 2-5 (183,000 vs. 62,000), by 128% in Girls 2-5 (82,000 vs. 36,000), by 288% in Boys 2-5 (101,000 vs. 26,000) and by 115% in Women 18-49 (73,000 vs. 34,000).


Tonight’s the double dip finale of Bucket and Skinner on Teen Nick as the 2 radical dudes surf off into the sunset. What will Bucket and Skinner do in the finale Dan?


Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- The final two episodes of Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures will finally make their U.S. debut tonight on TeenNick.

Bucket & Skinner originally premiered in summer 2011 to low ratings. Nick tried various nights and times, but ultimately it was removed and eight of the show’s 26 episodes remained unaired in the United States (they did air first in other countries). Last December, TeenNick aired the unaired Christmas special and then in March they began airing the final seven unseen episodes.

Tonight, the final two episodes makes their debut at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Episodes #119 “Epic Showdown” and #123 “Epic Seal” premiere tonight. Descriptions for each follow:

“Epic Showdown”

Piper teaches Bucket and Skinner martial arts, and in a nice gesture makes them think they are better than they actually are. But after the now-confident guys accept a challenge to fight the school bully, Piper and Kelly must tell them that they aren’t very good at karate, and the guys must find a way out of the confrontation.

“Epic Seal”

Bucket and Skinner accidentally lose the school’s seal mascot, and enlist the help of Skinner’s animal-loving cousin Patty, a blogger visiting from Australia who is excited to record the missing-animal drama for her web series. Piper and Aloe get stranded on a deserted island, forcing Aloe to rough it in the wild without indulgences.

Watch the series finale of Bucket & Skinner tonight from 9 – 10 p.m. ET on TeenNick. FACT!


The Hub hits shotgun as the network’s given some early wins as they get an early head start on the 19th Annual Daytime Emmys on June 19th. How many Emmys in total Jim?


Jim Fish (via Nick and More)- LOS ANGELES – Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, received 17 Daytime Emmy(R) Award honors, the most ever in its two-and-half year history, with 14 nominations and three early wins, as announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Hub Network received the second most nominations of any kids network, behind only Nickelodeon.

“Hub Network is home to distinctive, quality programming and we are elated that the members of the Academy have honored us every year since we launched by recognizing our series with multiple Daytime Emmy(R) Award nominations and wins,” said Margaret Loesch, President & CEO, Hub Network. “These honors are a testament to the world-class work performed by everyone who works on these programs.”

For the first-time ever, Hub Network received three top programming nominations, including two for Outstanding Children’s Series for “The Aquabats! Super Show!” (Fremantle Media Enterprises and The Magic Store) and “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series” (Front Street Pictures in association with The Hatchery, LLC.), as well as one for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for “Dan Vs.” (Film Roman Inc., a Starz Media Company, in association with The Hatchery, LLC.).

Additionally, Hub Network was honored with three early wins for “Transformers Prime,” which is produced by Hasbro Studios. “Transformers Prime” was recognized for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Character Animation, Background Design, and Storyboard. These wins bring Hub Network’s grand total of Daytime Emmy(R) wins to eight after just three seasons of eligibility.

A full list of Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy(R) Award nominations and early wins is as follows:


“Transformers Prime”
Arato Kato, Character Animation
Jason Park, Background Design
Kirk van Wormer, Storyboards


“The Aquabats! Super Show!”
Bob Higgins, Executive Producer
Jon Berrett, Executive Producer
Christian Jacobs, Executive Producer
Scott Schultz, Executive Producer
Ritamarie Peruggi, Supervising Producer
Nate Rogers, Producer
Justin Lyon, Producer
Irene Diaz Oncley, Line Producer

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Dan Angel, Executive Producer
Billy Brown, Executive Producer
Harvey Kahn, Executive Producer
Kim Arnott, Executive Producer
Jane Stine, Co-Executive Producer
Joan Waricha, Co-Executive Producer
Charles Lyall, Supervising Producer
Dawn Knight, Supervising Producer

“Dan Vs.”
Dan Angel, Executive Producer
Dana Booton, Executive Producer
Chris Pearson, Co-Executive Producer
Dan Mandel, Co-Executive Producer
Brian Sheesley, Supervising Producer
Lizbeth Velasco, Producer
Taesoo Kim, Producer

Curtis Armstrong as DAN
“Dan Vs.”

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
James Hazell, Production Designer
Teresa Weston, Art Director
Jonathan Lancaster, Set Decorator

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh, Costume Designer

“Dan Vs.”
Brian Sheesley, Supervising Director
Stephanie Arnett, Director
Ashley Lenz, Director
James Krenzke, Director
Hyeonsu Park, Supervising Animation Director

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Neill Fearnley, Director
Ken Friss, Director
James Head, Director

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Trudy Parisien, Key Hairstylist

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Debbie Lelievre, Head Makeup Artist

“If You’re a Guy”
Littlest Pet Shop
Daniel Ingram, Composer
Roger Eschbacher, Lyricist

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Charles Robichaud, Editor
Lisa Robison, Editor

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Michael Balfry, Director of Photography

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”
Dan Angel, Writer
Billy Brown, Writer
Erik Patterson, Writer
Jessica Scott, Writer
Melody Fox, Writer
Craig S. Phillips, Writer
Harold Hayes, Jr., Writer
Jack Monaco, Writer
Natalie Lapointe, Writer
Greg Yolen, Writer


DreamWorks added a web channel for their TV series on the popular YouTube channel Awesomeness TV for teens 15 and up. With this added with Netflix Johnny, will the formula help the movie company make a big turnaround?


Johnny Trout (via L.A. Times Entertainment)- DreamWorks Animation is in talks to acquire a YouTube network for teens and tweens, in a move that would expand the studio’s presence on new media platforms, two people familiar with the matter confirmed.

The studio is negotiating to buy AwesomenessTV, a Nickelodeon-styled online network that has attracted nearly 500,000 subscribers with its mixture of original Web content including sketch comedies, game shows, sports programs, music and lifestyle shows.
The technology blog All Things D first reported the discussions, though a deal is not yet complete, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because such talks are confidential. Terms are not known.

Neither DreamWorks nor AwesomenessTV would comment on the report.

AwesomenessTV is the brainchild of veteran television and film producer Brian Robbins, who drew upon decades of experience making children’s entertainment to launch the digital network last June. He hoped to appeal to a generation of young viewers who, like his own sons, are watching less live TV and devoting more time to online video.
The start-up received an infusion of $3.5 million in funding shortly after AwesomenessTV’s debut, and the venture has attracted keen interest from traditional media executives who were curious about Robbins’ approach to programming for a generation of digital natives.
DreamWorks has been with experimenting with new forms of distribution. In February, it struck a deal with the movie and TV subscription Netflix to create an original children’s series based on this summer’s animated film “Turbo.”

We’ve got the list of DVD’s for you to buy in May as a big warm-up is coming soon. By the way, make sure you buy a DVD for your Mom in time for Mother’s Day. Here’s what you’ll buy this month:


Safe Haven
Jack Reacher
The Oranges
The Rabbi’s Cat

Cloud Atlas
3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom
Texas Chainsaw
Stand Up Guys
El Sicario, Room 164
Beautiful Creatures
Side Effects
The Last Stand
Struck By Lightning

Dark Skies


878 fans sign in on the Penguins tally this week as all of Team Skipper’s final missions of season 3 are still under lock and key.


There’s only one month left until Summer season 2014 with Memorial Day just weeks away. While we get ready for it as well as summer movie season, treat yourself tomorrow night for Big Time Thursdays with new episodes of Big Time Rush. See you soon for another bodacious edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report! Later dudes!

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