Welcome to the Fred Savage edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Nick earned another win last week as Team Timmy, The Delivery Ducks, Sanjay and Craig, and the Sponge put the network in another sweeping win. This week, the Sponge struck again along with Nick’s entire lineup added by tons of help from the kiddies:
Nickelodeon closed the third week of April (4/14/14-4/20/14) as the number-one basic cable net in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.7/869K, up +4% over a year ago) and total viewers (1.6M), collecting its 15th consecutive weekly win.
The network’s weekly ratings win was driven by strong performances from its hit programming across animation and preschool. SpongeBob SquarePants was the number-one series with Kids 2-11 for the week, averaging a 4.6/1.5M (+35% over a year ago).
Nickelodeon also swept with its slate of hit preschool shows, landing the top five series with Kids 2-5. PAW Patrol came in first place with preschoolers, averaging a 8.1/1.0M (+76%); Wallykazam! placed second with a 7.1/880K (+61%) rating; Team Umizoomi ranked third with a 7.0/865K (+59%); Bubble Guppies was fourth with a 6.8/840K (+33%) average; and Dora the Explorer secured the fifth spot averaging a 6.3/776K (+5%).
Additionally, Nickelodeon’s niche nets posted double and triple-digit year over year gains with their core demos for the week. Nicktoons averaged 226K total viewers (+65%) and posted a 0.6/84K with Kids 6-11 (+100%) and a 0.8/59K with Boys 6-11 (+100%). TeenNick averaged a 0.5/76K with Teens 12-17 (+150%) and 233K total viewers.
Sheriff Callie came into town this week as she lassoed both Disney Junior and Disney Channel as both networks struck gold:
For the week of April 14, 2014, Disney Channel stood as TV’s #1 Total Day network for the 149th-consecutive week among Tweens 9-14 (374,000/1.5 rating) and for the 148th time in the prior 149 weeks in Kids 6-11 (457,000/1.9 rating) – dates back to week of 6/13/11.
•Disney Channel defeated Nickelodeon by 16% in Kids 6-11 (457,000 vs. 395,000) and by 48% in Tweens 9-14 (374,000 vs. 252,000).
In Prime, Disney Channel ranked as cable TV’s #2 network in Total Viewers (1.8 million) and extended its dominance to 465-consecutive weeks among Kids 6-11 (715,000/3.0 rating – 8+ years) and to 202 weeks in a row among Tweens 9-14 (546,000/2.3 rating – 3+ years).
24-hour Disney Junior channel, now in its second year as a publicly-measured Nielsen network, ranked as TV’s #1 preschool-dedicated Total Day network for the 55th-consecutive week among Total Viewers (353,000), Kids 2-5 (172,000/1.1 rating) and Boys 2-5 (94,000/1.2 rating) –each week since 4/1/13– and for the 43rd week in a row in Women 18-49 (64,000).
“Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” ranked as the week’s #1 series across preschooler networks in Total Viewers (644,000) and was the #1 stripped series across the platforms in Kids 2-5 (320,000/2.1 rating).
•Disney Junior channel ratings beat Nick Jr. for the 55th-consecutive week in Kids 2-5 (+13% –172,000 vs. 152,000) and Boys 2-5 (+32% –94,000 vs. 71,000), 43rd in Women 18-49 (+19% –64,000 vs. 54,000) and for the 54th time in the previous 55 weeks in Total Viewers (+14% –353,000 vs. 310,000 – Nick Jr. tied for #1 during week of 6/3/13).
•Disney Junior channel out-performed Sprout by solid triple-digit margins for the 55th-straight week among Total Viewers (+160% –353,000 vs. 136,000), Kids 2-5 (+182% –172,000 vs. 61,000), Girls 2-5 (+166% –77,000 vs. 29,000) and Boys 2-5 (+194% –94,000 vs. 32,000) and by at least double digits for 55th-straight week in Women 18-49 (+167% –64,000 vs. 24,000).
With Girl Meets World on the horizon this summer, ABC Family went back to the vaults to bring back the best of Boy Meets World. How many episodes will viewers see in time for the sequel Dan?
Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- In anticipation of Disney Channel’s new series Girl Meets World, a continuation of the Boy Meets World series with Cory and Topanga raising children of their own, Disney Channel is airing a special four-night Boy Meets World week this May.
From Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 8, Disney will air one-hour of Boy Meets World episodes from 8-9pm ET/PT. This will be the first time the series has appeared on the network since August 2007. The show currently airs on sister Disney network ABC Family.
The scheduled episodes for this event follow:
Monday, May 5
8:00 p.m. #104 “Cory’s Alternative Friends”
8:30 p.m. #115 “Model Family”
Tuesday, May 6
8:00 p.m. #219 “The Wrong Side of the Tracks”
8:30 p.m. #221 “The Thrilla in Phila”
Wednesday, May 7
8:00 p.m. #301 “My Best Friend’s Girl”
8:30 p.m. #306 “This Little Piggy”
Thursday, May 8
8:00 p.m. #416 “A Long Walk To Pittsburgh (1)”
8:30 p.m. #417 “A Long Walk To Pittsburgh (2)”
Thus far, these are the only scheduled episodes to air in May. With the new series coming this summer, it’s of course possible we could see more. However, you can still watch the show weekdays from 3-5pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
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