via Nickelodeon press release:
Nickelodeon Draws Best Kid Ratings in Four Years, Ranks as Number-One Net for First Quarter ’02, SpongeBob SquarePants and ChalkZone Etch Out Top-Rated Territory, Kids Find The Fairly OddParents Fairly Fascinating
New York, NY—April 2, 2002—Scoring its highest total-day ratings with kids 2-11 and total viewers in four years, Nickelodeon has completed First Quarter 2002 as basic cable’s number-one network on a 24-hour basis–extending its household reign at the top spot to 26 consecutive quarters. For 1Q ’02 with kids 2-11 in total day, Nick averaged a 3.1/21 rating and share (986,000 average kid viewers)—increases of +3% in rating and +7% in delivery over last year’s like time period. The network’s 24-hour average of 1.8 million total viewers for 1Q ’02 marks an +11% lift over like time period last year.
Among households, Nickelodeon was number one with a 1.5 rating and 1.3 million HH on a 24-hour basis, up +7% in rating and +18% in HH over the prior year’s like time period. In prime time (8–11 p.m., all times ET/PT) among households, the network finished second with a 1.7/1.5 million HH, marking year-to-year gains of +6% in rating and +25% in delivery.
For March 2002 with households, Nick was number one in total day (1.6/1.4 million HH)–up +14% in rating and +17% in delivery over last year. The network was also number two in prime time (1.9/1.6 million HH)—up +19% in rating and +23% in delivery over last year. With kids 2-11, March ranks as the network’s most-watched month ever in total day (3.2/22 rating and share [1.0 million kids]).
Highlights of Nickelodeon’s 1Q ’02 performance include:
- SpongeBob SquarePants scored its second straight quarter as the number-one kids’ show on broadcast and cable television, increasing its prior-year levels by +11% in rating and +15% in delivery with kids 2-11 (7.3/26 rating and share [2.3 million average kid viewers]) for its prime time and weekend airings. Among households, the show averaged a 2.7 rating and delivered 2.3 million HH this quarter, up +8% in rating and +15% in delivery over last year. The show’s 3.6 million total viewers this quarter represents a +20% gain over last year.
- ChalkZone’s premiere drew the Nick’s highest kids 2-11 ratings ever for a series launch and retained a strong +94% of its audience for its second week’s episode. The program’s premiere (Friday, March 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT) scored an 8.6/27 rating and share (2.8 million average kid viewers) among kids 2-11. With households, the premiere averaged a 2.8/2.4 million HH and attracted 4.0 million total viewers, also Nick records for a series launch. With its strong second-episode ratings (8.0/27 rating and share [2.6 million average kid viewers]) with kids 2-11, ChalkZone’s series average with kids 2-11 is an 8.3/27 rating and share (2.7 million average kid viewers)—up +6% in rating and +13% in delivery over last year’s like time period. With households, ChalkZone’s series average of 2.8/2.4 million HH average is up +4% in rating and +14% over last year; its series average of 4 million total viewers represents a +18% lift over last year.
- The Fairly OddParents earned a 5.8/24 rating and share (1.9 million average kid viewers) among kids 2-11 this quarter, up +5% in rating and +12% in delivery over year-ago levels. With households, the program scored a 2.3 rating and delivered 1.9 million HH, up +10% in rating and +12% in delivery over last year. The show’s 2.9 million total viewers this quarter represents a +16% gain over last year.
- Dora the Explorer, the number-one preschool show on commercial television, earned strong ratings for its Monday, March 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT), educational prime-time special ‘Backpack Adventure,’ which ranked as the highest-rated Nick Jr. prime-time special in almost three years. The program scored a 10.0/30 rating and share (1.2 million average kid viewers) among Kids 2-5, lifting the time period average +70% over last year. ‘Backpack Adventure’ also amassed 3.2 million total viewers (persons 2+), a +14% increase over last year’s time-period average.
- Rocket Power’s first television movie, ‘Race Across New Zealand’ (Feb. 16, 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) ranked as the network’s highest-rated special across all kid demos since Rugrats’ ‘All Growed Up’ (July 21, 2001). ‘Race Across New Zealand’ scored a 9.6/25 rating and share (3.1 million average kid viewers) with kids 2-11, up +86% over last year’s time period average. Among households, the movie averaged a 2.4/2.0 million HH, up +49% over last year’s like time-period average.
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