Welcome to the Tuna Jump edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Last weekend was the Tuna Jump for Sam and Cat as the team of I Carly and Victorious were there to cheer them on. How many viewers managed to see the stunt? Let’s see:
Nickelodeon closes the week (1/13/14-1/19/14) as the top basic cable net, leading among Kids 2-11 (2.8/909K, up +8% over last year), Kids 2-5 (3.7/465K, up +6%) and total viewers (1.7M, up +15%).
The network’s weekly ratings performance was driven by the Saturday-night (1/18/14) premiere of the special one-hour Sam & Cat episode, “#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie”, which drew 4.8 million total viewers and ranked as Nick’s highest-rated telecast with Kids 6-11 (10.5/2.1M) since 2012. The hit series was a ratings win with Kids 2-11 (8.0/2.6M) and Kids 6-11, while also taking the top spot with Tweens 9-14 (8.8/1.8M).
SpongeBob SquarePants led the week as the top-rated animated series with Kids 2-11 (5.4/1.7M, up +13% over a year ago), Kids 6-11 (5.3/1.0M, up +10%) and total viewers (3.3M, up +9%). With Kids 6-11, SpongeBob was followed by Sanjay and Craig, which averaged a 4.1/798K with the demo.
Paw Patrol continues its winning streak, ranking as the top preschool program for the week (6.8/848K with K2-5), followed by Dora the Explorer (6.2/770K, with K2-5). Both series have posted double-digit, year-over-year increases among preschoolers with Paw Patrol up by +42% and Dora showing gains of +72%.
Things have been going great the last time we saw Gru and his team of minions. After tallying up box office records worldwide, it seems this former villain isn’t done yet! What’s Universal doing this year Johnny?
Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Revealing its animated family calendar for the near future, Universal announced Wednesday it will release Despicable Me 3 on June 30, 2017, and a new Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Nov. 17 of that year.
Both movies are from Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment, the powerhouse behind the Despicable Me franchise. Universal, which owns a piece of Meledandri’s company, also announced a Dec. 21, 2016, release date for an untitled Illumination project.
Pete Candeland is set to direct the newly imagined How the Grinch Stole Christmas from an adapted script by Michael LeSieur. The film, based on Dr. Seuss’ iconic kids book, will open 17 years after Ron Howard’s version played in theaters.
News of a third Despicable Me comes as the second film in the franchise celebrates a dazzling run at the global box office, earning north of $935 million to date, one of the best showings of all time for an animated film (Illumination’s Minions spinoff opens in theaters July 10, 2015).
The exact plot of the untitled 2016 Illumination project is shrouded in secrecy, although Universal announced that Garth Jennings will direct and write the comedy. The studio also hinted there will be plenty of music.
Last Sunday, we gave you a sneak peek of Nick’s new show Breadwinners. We’ve got the premiere date that just came off the wires yesterday! When will the bread deliveries start to come through Dan?
Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- Nickelodeon expands its growing roster of original creator-driven animation with Breadwinners, a brand-new series that follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled Rocket Van. The 20-episode series, produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios, premieres Monday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), and charts the adventures of best friends, Sway Sway and Buhdeuce, as they deliver bread to hungry beaks everywhere. These best buds live together, laugh together, and get into all sorts of riduckulous adventures together. Following the premiere, new episodes of Breadwinners will continue Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT), in its regular timeslot on Nickelodeon. The series will roll out internationally beginning fall 2014.
“This is our first series to come out of our animated shorts program and we are very proud and excited to bring it to our audience,” said Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon. “Steve and Gary have created a fresh, fun cartoon with great characters and an infectious music backdrop that we think will have kids laughing and bouncing with each episode.”
Breadwinners is created by Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD) and Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele (MAD, Metalocalypse), who was discovered from Nick’s 2012 Animated Shorts Program. This team of emerging and innovative artists delivers a funny and original series for this new generation of kids. With vast inspirations from classic buddy-comedy animation, and various current gaming, internet and music cultures, this innovative new show introduces the next duck duo who always keep their beaks up and their heads bopping.
Throughout the series, Sway Sway, the upbeat leader of the flock, and Buhdeuce, the loyal booty-shaking’ co-pilot, go on crazy adventures together. From eating a loaf of Stank Bread and getting lost in the bread mines, to record-breaking attempts for most bread deliveries in one day, nothing will stop this duo from making the delivery while shaking their tail feathers.
During the series premiere, “Thug Loaf,” when Sway Sway and Buhdeuce have to deliver bread to the bad part of Duck Town, they accidentally lock their keys in the Rocket Van and have to befriend a gang of Biker Ducks for help. Next in “Mine All Mine,” Sway Sway and Buhdeuce meet the most righteous dude in the planet, the Bread Maker.
Viewers can visit Nick.com to access photos, learn about the characters and catch a sneak peek of “Thug Loaf.” On February 10, fans can learn to be a Breadwinner by playing a series of 10 fast, fun and addicting mini-games, in the Big Bread Booty Bash game. Players must complete a work day as Sway Sway and Buhdeuce where they mine some bread, ride the mine cart, fly the Rocket Van and more without crashing, toasting or roasting. Additionally, in the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, there will be funny mini videos of Sway Sway and Buhdeuce.
We’ll be looking forward to Sway Sway and Buhdeuce later this year in our Fall TV coverage.
Checking the Penguins tally, 2,292 fans sign in as the Kung Fu/ Monster Saturday swap continues.
There’s still plenty of news left this month as we digest what’s going on at the TCA’s. We’ll have the complete picture for February and March as we chill out on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. See you next edition!