Welcome to the Memorial Day results edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
With May coming to a close this week as we head into June, Nick has swept the boards for the 5th month in a row. Let’s check the weekly report to see what’s up:
Nickelodeon closed May as the top basic cable network in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.5/795K) and total viewers (1.5M), marking the net’s fifth consecutive month at the top.
For the month, SpongeBob SquarePants was the number-one show across all of TV with Kids 2-11 (4.1/1.3M), closely followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which averaged a 3.9/1.3M (+5% versus a year ago) with the demo. SpongeBob SquarePants was also the top kids show on basic cable with total viewers (2.5M); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was second averaging 2.5M total viewers; and Sanjay and Craig came in third with 2.1M total viewers.
Nickelodeon’s portfolio of successful preschool shows secured the top five spots with Kids 2-5 this month. PAW Patrol led the hit programming slate averaging a 5.9/727K (+26%); Team Umizoomi was second with a 5.3/657K average; Bubble Guppies came in third posting a 5.1/633K; Wallykazam! earned a 4.9/607K and Dora the Explorer landed the fifth spot averaging a 4.7/587K with preschoolers.
Nick at Nite also closed the month as basic cable’s number-one net with Women 18-49 in total day, averaging a 0.6/292K W18-49.
Additionally, Nickelodeon’s niche nets continued building momentum, with TeenNick posting its best May performance ever Teens 12-17 (0.5/79K, +117%) and total viewers (236K, +75%). Nicktoons also posted gains for the month with Kids 6-11 (0.4/60K, up +10% from last year) and Nick Jr. scored increases with its core Kid 2-5 audience (1.8/183K, +8%).
In the final week of May (5/19/14-5/25/14), Nick scored the top two series with Kids 2-11 and total viewers. SpongeBob SquarePants was number-one in both categories, averaging a 4.0/1.3M with Kids 2-11 and scoring 2.5M total viewers, while The Fairly OddParents was second with an 3.7/1.2M average among Kids 2-11 and 2.4M total viewers. In preschool, the network landed the top four positions with Kids 2-5 with PAW Patrol (7.0/869K, +49%) placing first among Kids 2-5. It was followed by Bubble Guppies (5.8/721K), Wallykazam! (5.1/633K) and Team Umizoomi (5.1/628K), respectively.
When we last left the X-Men, their film Days of Future Past crossed 91 million smackers last Sunday. Was it enough to make the mutants Memorial Day box office champs Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- Final numbers are in and Memorial Day weekend is off 26.8% from last year. X-Men: Days Of Future Past tallied $110.5M for the four-day Memorial Day holiday, and $90.8M for the three-day. Blended came in at $17.7M, lower than the $18.1M Warner Bros. predicted yesterday, so we’re glad we stuck to our estimates across the board for all films. The question is what the second weekend drop for X-Men will be when Angelina Jolie arrives in Disney’s Maleficent. Without further ado, here is the final Top 10 Box office chart and will be updated to Top 20 when we receive the Rentrak numbers.
OPENING NEXT WEEKEND: Maleficent (DIS), the PG-rated film from Disney starring Angelina Jolie that is already scaring kids just on its trailer alone; A Million Ways To Die (UNI), Seth MacFarlane’s western.
We’ll see how these two flicks do in the box office this Sunday.
With the Penguins tally at 2,126 fans, we’ll have more gossip in our next edition as we head towards June.