Nick’s new Sam & Cat and SpongeBob top all young viewers with 21st straight winning week; Power Rangers Super Megaforce to air in 2014; Beware the Batman to premiere on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation July 13th


Welcome to the mega edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s toping today!


The new ICarly/Victorious spinoff Sam & Cat which premiered 2 weeks ago which scored 4.2 million viewers better than Sanjay and Craig with the help of SpongeBob, earns Nick its 21st win as it tops all younger viewers as well as teens and tweens. With the 2nd live-action duo, Drake and Josh being the first, the network is poised to to continue its unstoppable run. Let’s check the numbers and see whether the streak will continue.


NEW YORK–June 18, 2013 – Nickelodeon continued fueling its ratings momentum with the latest addition to its live-action lineup, Sam & Cat, and the most-watched animated series for the past 12 years, SpongeBob SquarePants, both of which topped with kids this week. SpongeBob SquarePants was the number-one series for the week with kids 2-11 and averaged a 5.1/1.7 million K2-11 (+38%), and 3.2 million total viewers; and Sam & Cat was the number-one live-action program with K2-11, averaging a 4.7/1.6 million K2-11 (+2%) and 2.8 million total viewers.

Nickelodeon also marked its 21st consecutive week of year-over year gains, posting a 2.8/924,000, up +8% among kids 2-11, and averaging 1.7 million total viewers.


The Mega Rangers are destined to go super as speculation confirms that Nick will premiere Power Rangers Super Mega Force next year as part of the 20th anniversary of the greatest franchise ever since 1993. How did it come to this point Johnny?


Johnny Trout (via Nick and More)- LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2013 – Saban Brands announced today that it will launch Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce, the newest season of Power Rangers, in 2014 on Nickelodeon. Power Rangers, one of the top rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history, offers SUPER MEGA action, excitement, humor and entertainment, while maintaining core themes of friendship, teamwork, fitness and helping others.

“As Saban Brands and Power Rangers celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the iconic franchise this year, it is more apparent than ever that the show has a strong connection to fans of all ages and backgrounds,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “We are happy to continue our partnership with Nickelodeon and we look forward to entertaining our fans with more action-packed, SUPER MEGA adventures in 2014 with Power Rangers Super Megaforce.”

The upcoming season of Power Rangers Super Megaforce focuses on the Rangers’ mission to defeat a massive alien army Armada that was sent to conquer Earth. To face this threat, Gosei, a supernatural guardian who has protected Earth for centuries, gives the Rangers special morphers and keys, which allow them to morph into Super Megaforce Rangers. The Rangers also have an added special ability to morph into any team of Power Rangers from the past. These super-sized adventures can only mean one thing: the all-new Power Rangers Super Megaforce has arrived!

Power Rangers Megaforce, which premiered February 2, 2013 on Nickelodeon, is currently captivating audiences with superhuman characters who formed the ultimate team to battle the most malevolent villains.

Fans can visit Power for more information and look forward to new adventures with the Power Rangers Super Megaforce in 2014!


After a year of delays due in part to the Batman theater attacks, Beware the Batman will premiere on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation in just 5 weeks. Dan’s got the story of how the dark knight will do since we last saw him recently.


Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- The Caped Crusader will return to television screens this summer when Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans.

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordswoman Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” WBA’s Sam Register serves as executive producer, with Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond) and Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) producing.

Starring Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Beware The Batman boasts a stellar voice cast with JB Blanc (The Count of Monte Cristo) as Alfred and Sumalee Montano (ER) as Katana. Lending voices to the villains are Wallace Langham (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Anarky, Grey DeLisle (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Magpie, Udo Kier (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) as Mr. Toad, Lance Reddick (Fringe) as Ra’s al Ghul and Brian George (The Big Bang Theory) as Professor Pyg.

Beware the Batman is the latest series based on characters from DC Comics to be added to DC Nation, Cartoon Network’s programming block on Saturday mornings. It will be followed by Teen Titans Go! at 10:30 a.m. and joined by all-new animated shorts.


Checking the Penguins tally, 633 fans sign in as Team Skipper’s team counterpart Team Po continue with new episodes this week after their triple win last week at the Daytime Emmys.


New episodes continue all week as the toon world continues to take hold as award season is underway as nominations for the 2013 Emmys are out on July 18th. We’ll bring you more summer surprises next time of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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