Beyblade: Metal Fusion Premieres June 26 on Cartoon Network

via Corus Entertainment press release:


(Toronto, Canada) The boys’ action phenomenon, BEYBLADE, is making a much anticipated return to the U.S. after taking the world by storm with its enormous global success in the early 2000s. Nelvana Enterprises is pleased to announce that the next iteration of the hit franchise – entitled BEYBLADE:  Metal Fusionwill premiere in the U.S. on Cartoon Network on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.

The 51 new episodes from Nelvana and d-rights Inc. offer a fresh take on the original series with new characters competing for dominance with their spinning BEYBLADE tops, battling against an evil organization, The Dark Nebula. Staying true to the Japanese version of BEYBLADE, it features a new storyline brought to life in a unique mix of 2D animation and battle scenes with the tops spinning in CGI animation!

The original BEYBLADE toy line was a massive hit with boys, selling out in stores and attracting thousands of competitors to tournaments around the world. The new toy line features an innovative metal gear system and an online virtual battle component. BEYBLADE is again one of the most popular toy lines in Japan, selling over 17 million tops and accessories since the 2008 re-launch by Tomy Company, Ltd., accelerated by the start of the broadcast of the new episodes in April 2009.

Hasbro, Inc. brought the original product line successfully to market in the U.S. and other regions, and has been appointed the master toy licensee for the new line in most international markets outside of Asia. The new toys are set to be on shelves this spring in Canada and this fall in the U.S. Nelvana Enterprises will be distributing the TV series internationally, as well as representing d-rights in various countries, as licensing agent.

BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion will premiere in Canada with four back-to-back episodes Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98,5 FM, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at

About d-rights Inc.

d-rights Inc. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, one of the world’s biggest general trading company, handling entertainment content for a variety of Media, offering services in every aspect of content business including production, rights management, financing and merchandising. Check our properties at

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at © 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Cartoon Network Renews Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex

After the premiere of Cartoon Network’s new series Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex scored high ratings last Friday, the network announced today that they have renewed both shows for more episodes.

Here’s the full press release from Cartoon Network:


Premiere #1 in Their Timeslots Among Boys on All TV

GENERATOR REX also Claims Victory Among Kids 2-11 in Its Time Period on All TV

Additional Episodes Ordered for New Original Animated Series

Cartoon Network premiered two new original action-adventure animated series on Friday, April 23, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (8 p.m.) and Generator Rex (8:30 p.m.) that ranked #1 on all television in their time periods among boys 6-11 and boys 9-14, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.  Additionally, Generator Rex ranked #1 in its timeslot on all TV among kids 2-11.  Both new series also earned powerful triple-digit ratings and delivery gains vs. the same time period in 2009.  These outstanding premiere performances have prompted the network to order 32 additional episodes of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and 20 new episodes of Generator Rex.  Both series are produced at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA.

Highlights of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex original series’ premieres compared to the same time period last year include the following:

  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien increased kids 6-11 ratings (3.8) by 280% and delivery (925,000) by 290%, kids 2-11 ratings (3.2) by 220% and delivery (1,304,000) by 219%, and kids 9-14 ratings (3.1) by 288% and delivery (756,000) by 272%.
  • Generator Rex increased kids 6-11 ratings (4.4) by 267% and delivery (1,070,000) by 275%, kids 2-11 ratings (3.7) by 236% and delivery (1, 513,000) by 227%, and kids 9-14 ratings (3.6) by 350% and delivery (874,000) by 346%.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien follows 16-year-old Ben Tennyson as his secret identity has been revealed to the world and he’s now an international mega-star super hero, loved by kids the world over but distrusted by many adults.  Armed with a mysterious new Omnitrix, Ben is able to transform into hyper-evolved versions of his aliens and will see action in places he’s never been.  Generator Rex, from the creators of Ben 10, takes viewers on an adventure full of fun, action, wish fulfillment and teenage drama. Rex is a young super agent who, with his incredible ability to create mechanical weapons and vehicles from his own body, must balance his adrenaline-fueled adventures with the everyday ups and downs of being a teenager.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex are created by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelley, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle).  Glen Murakami (Teen Titans) is the supervising producer of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien with Dwayne McDuffie as story editor. John Fang (Ben 10: Alien Force, The Batman) serves as supervising producer on Generator Rex.

Cartoon Network (, currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Discuss this news at toonzone’s Cartoon Network Cartoon Forum.

Disney XD May 2010 Schedule Changes & Premieres

Starting Monday, May 3, Disney XD is making some changes to their regular line-up.  Shows joining the weekday schedule include The Suite Life on Deck, Zeke and Luther and Aaron Stone.  Also, Monday nights are also getting a new line-up.  Here are all the new schedule details:

8:00AM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Cory in the House)
10:00PM Zeke and Luther (replaces Naruto: Shippuden)
10:30PM Kid vs. Kat (replaces Static Shock)
11:00PM Naruto: Shippuden (replaces X-Men: Evolution)
11:30PM Aaron Stone (replaces Monster Buster Club)

4:00PM Zeke and Luther (replaces The Suite Life of Zack & Cody)
9:30PM Phineas and Ferb (replaces X-Men: Evolution)

Monday Nights
7:00PM Phineas and Ferb (replaces I’m in the Band)
7:30PM Kick Buttowski (replaces Zeke and Luther)
8:00PM I’m in the Band (replaces Phineas and Ferb)
8:30PM Zeke and Luther (new episodes, replaces The Suite Life on Deck)
9:00PM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Phineas and Ferb)
(7-9:30pm repeats from 12-2:30am)

Wednesday Nights
7:00PM I’m in the Band (replaces The Spectacular Spider-Man)
7:30PM Zeke and Luther (replaces X-Men: Evolution)
(7-8pm repeats from 12-1am)
2:00AM X-Men: Evolution (replaces The Spectacular Spider-Man)

Thursday Nights
7:30PM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Zeke and Luther)
8:00PM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Zeke and Luther)
(7:30-8:30pm repeats from 12:30-1:30am)

Friday Nights
9:30PM I’m in the Band (replaces X-Men: Evolution)

Disney XD will also be premiering new episodes of Zeke and Luther (Mondays at 8:30PM), Naruto: Shippuden (Wednesdays at 8:30PM) and Kick Buttowski (Saturdays at 8:30AM) throughout the month.  Following are episode descriptions for each premiere:

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil

Saturday, May 1 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#110 “Drop Kick / Box Office Blitz”

  • “Drop Kick” – Tired of being bullied by his big brother Brad, Kick decides to train with a former champion wrestler. But when he learns that his new mentor has bullying issues of his own, Kick must prove to his new teacher that every underdog has their day.
  • “Box Office Blitz” – When the assistant manager of the multiplex bans Kick from seeing a movie featuring his favorite daredevil movie star, Kick won’t rest until he sneaks into the heavily guarded theater and sees Rock Callahan’s “Zombie Motocross.”

Saturday, May 8 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#113 “Those Who Camp, Do / Dog Gone”

  • “Those Who Camp, Do” – While on a family trip, Kick vows to spend a night in the untamed wilderness and make it back alive. However Kick’s extreme camping trip turns problematic when Brad decides to tag along.
  • “Dog Gone” – Kick dog-sits Mrs. Chicarelli’s precious pet Oskar, but when he runs away, Kick must track down the ferocious devil dog before Mrs. Chicarelli gets home and gets him grounded for life.

Saturday, May 15 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#112 “Dad’s Car / The Treasure of Dead Man Dave”

  • “Dad’s Car” – When Kick is about to be blamed for scratching Dad’s prized car, he sets out to repair and return it. However the runaway car takes him on a wild chase through Mellowbrook and Kick must get the car back home before Dad sees the scratch and grounds him.
  • “The Treasure of Dead Man Dave” – When a class assignment calls for Kick to give an oral report, he describes an imaginative adventure into a treacherous cave to find Dead Man Dave’s legendary skateboard.

Saturday, May 22 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#114 “For the Love of Gunther / Father from the Truth”

  • “For the Love of Gunther” – When Gunther reveals he has a crush on Wacky Jackie, and has a thing for daredevils; Kick trains his best friend to be a stuntman. But things get out of hand when Gunther takes it too far and attempts to conquer Widowmaker’s Peak to win Jackie’s heart.
  • “Father from the Truth” – Kick dreads bringing his non-awesome Dad to “Bring Your Father to School Day,” and decides to train Dad to be awesome. After many failed attempts to make him cool, Kick replaces Dad with Wade, but Dad decides to step it up and prove he’s capable of being awesome.

Zeke and Luther

Monday, May 3 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#208 “Double Crush”

  • Zeke and Luther are both smitten by a BMX biker girl named Dani, so Kojo offers to play matchmaker and oversee a series of dates with Zeke and Luther to determine which skater-boy Dani likes best.

Monday, May 10 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#203 “Plunk Hunting”

  • Zeke and Luther set out to retrieve Nana’s wig from neighborhood bullies the Plunk brothers, after they steal it from Nana’s front yard.  Zeke, who prides himself at winning everything, becomes concerned when he and Luther encounter trouble retrieving the wig.

Monday, May 17 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#209 “Kojo’s BFF”

  • Kojo recruits his new “best friend,” professional skater Tiki Delgado, to skate with him against team Zeke and Luther in the Dantley Skate competition. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Kojo is paying Tiki to be his friend.

Monday, May 24 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#210 “One Strange Night”

  • Zeke and Luther throw a snow cone party in honor of Tony Hawk’s half-year birthday, and the next day, they realize they lost local neighborhood kid, Kirby Cheddar. Zeke, Luther and Kojo re-trace their steps to try and find Kirby before his trombone recital.

Naruto: Shippuden
(no episode descriptions available)

Wednesday, May 5 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#134 “Formation! New Team Kakashi”

Wednesday, May 12 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#135 “An Unnecessary Addition”

Wednesday, May 19 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#136 “The Fake Smile”

Wednesday, May 26 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#137 “Untitled”

Nickelodeon April 2010 Ratings Highlights

via Nickelodeon press release:


SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar and Fanboy and Chum Chum rank as Top Three Animated Series on All TV with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11

Nick at Nite and Nick Jr. Score Most-Watched April with Total Viewers; Nicktoons and TeenNick Post Most-Watched April with Key Demos

NEW YORK– April 27, 2010–Nickelodeon closes April as basic cable’s number-one network in total day with all key demos (kids 2-11, kids 6-11, tweens 9-14 and total viewers) for the month. According to Nielsen Media Research (3/29/10-4/25/10), Nickelodeon averaged 2.1 million total viewers, a 3.3/1.2 million K2-11, 2.9/622,000 K6-11 and 2.2/464,000 T9-14 in April.

Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants ranks as the number-one program on broadcast and basic cable in April and scored the number-one telecast (“SpongeBob’s Last Stand”, 4/22/10) with kids 2-11 for the month. Additionally, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar and Fanboy and Chum Chum rank as April’s top three animated series on broadcast and basic cable with kids 2-11 and kids 6-11. Nick’s win was also fueled by strong performances by its hit live-action series including, Victorious, which following its March 27 premiere, scored basic cable’s top spot with kids 6-11 in its time period for four straight weeks.

Nickelodeon also nabbed the top five preschool shows in April. Go, Diego, Go! is currently the top preschool program on all of television, followed by Team Umizoomi (#2), Dora the Explorer (#3), Max and Ruby (#4), and Wonder Pets! (#5).

Additionally, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr. and TeenNick networks each logged their best April performance ever with total viewers. Nick at Nite, finished the month with 1.6 million total viewers (+4% over last year) and as basic cable’s top network among Women 18-49 (0.7/408,000).

Nickelodeon’s 24-hour preschool network, Nick Jr. had its most-watched April ever with both total viewers (+13% in delivery) and preschoolers (+8% in rating). TeenNick–the only 24-hour network for and about teens–drew its most-watched April ever with teens 12-17 (+33%). Nicktoons also posted its highest-rated and most-watched April with kids 6-11 (+25% in rating), boys 6-11 (+2% in delivery), tweens 9-14 (+33% in rating) and boys 9-14 (+10% in delivery).

Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

Cable Ratings: April 19 – 25, 2010

Top 25 Cable Show for the week of April 19 – 25, 2010

Rank Shows NET DAY( Time Viewers Live+SD (000)

1 NFL DRAFT L ESPN Thu 07:30P-11:20P 7,290
2 AMERICA THE STORY OF US HIST Sun 09:00P-10:55P 5,674
3 PAWN STARS HIST Sun 08:30P-09:00P 5,357
4 SPONGEBOB NAN Thu 08:00P-08:30P 4,756
5 PAWN STARS HIST Sun 08:00P-08:30P 4,547
6 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,516
7 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 4,469
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,316
9 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,309
10 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,280
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 4,192
12 LAKERS/THUNDER ESPN Sat 09:35P-12:24A 4,163
13 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,147
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,100
15 LAKERS/THUNDER TNT Thu 09:48P-12:27A 3,934
16 FANBOY & CHUM CHUM NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,922
17 BULLS/CAVALIERS TNT Mon 08:05P-10:41P 3,907
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:00A-11:30A 3,892
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:30A-12:00P 3,887
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,846
21 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,830
22 PROJECT RUNWAY LIFE Thu 10:00P-11:00P 3,804
23 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3,751
24 THUNDER/LAKERS TNT Tue 10:42P-01:39A 3,741
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,652

Top Cable Networks for the week of April 19 – 25, 2010

Prime-time Average Viewers (Live+SD)

USA 2,949
TNT 2,833
ESPN 2,532
HIST 2,160
DSNY 2,131
NAN 2,001
FOXN 1,796
TBSC 1,512
TOON 1,460
A&E 1,398
FAM 1,214
DISC 1,212
HGTV 1,164
TRU 1,159
LIFE 1,113
FX 1,071
SYFY 1,042
FOOD 1,018
TLC 988
CMDY 942
SPK 931
MTV 897
AMC 858
TVLD 794
LMN 792

Adults 18-49 Primetime Average (Live+SD)

TNT 1,501
ESPN 1,335
USA 1,176
HIST 936
TBSC 807
A&E 666
DISC 629
CMDY 595
MTV 569
FAM 567
FX 564
TRU 534
TLC 524
SPK 516
SYFY 490
FOOD 489
NAN 483
DSNY 471
LIFE 470
HGTV 434
ESP2 397
BRAV 392
BET 371
VS 369
VH1 344

Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

NICK 2,156
NAN 1,708
TNT 1,466
DSNY 1,429
USA 1,305
ADSM 1,213
ESPN 1,082
TOON 1,056
FOXN 1,027
HIST 981
TBSC 803
A&E 790
TRU 705
LIFE 683
HGTV 631
DISC 630
FOOD 626
FAM 624
FX 608
MTV 579
SPK 572
CMDY 565
TVLD 560
SYFY 538
NKJR 529

Monday, April 19

Adventure Time (8pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.096 million viewers
– 1.4/2 HH
– 0.3/1 A18-49
– 1.2/5 T12-17
– 3.3/12 K2-11

Friday, April 23

Big Time Rush (8pm, Nickelodeon)
– 2.639 million viewers
– 1.7/3 HH
– 0.4/1 A18-49
– 2.2/11 T12-17
– 3.6/15 K2-11

The Troop (8:30pm, Nickelodeon)
– 2.011 million viewers
– 1.3/2 HH
– 0.3/1 A18-49
– 1.6/7 T12-17
– 2.7/10 K2-11

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (8pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.456 million viewers
– 1.5/3 HH
– 0.4/2 A18-49
– 1.9/9 T12-17
– 3.2/13 K2-11

Generator Rex (8:30pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.690 million viewers
– 1.6/3 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49
– 1.9/8 T12-17
– 3.7/14 K2-11

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.852 million viewers
– 1.7/3 HH
– 0.6/2 A18-49
– 1.8/8 T12-17
– 3.7/14 K2-11

Sunday, April 25

VICTORiOUS (8pm, Nickelodeon)
– 3.202 million viewers
– 2.1/4 HH
– 0.5/1 A18-49
– 3.2/11 T12-17
– 4.2/16 K2-11

Good Luck Charlie (8:30pm, Disney Channel)
– 3.384 million viewers
– 2.1/3 HH
– 0.5/1 A18-49
– 3.0/10 T12-17
– 4.6/17 K2-11

From: Cynopsis Kids

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Monday, April 19, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1105; K6-11 441; TWEENS 9-14 318
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   888; K6-11 483; TWEENS 9-14 402
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   530; K6-11 302; TWEENS 9-14 217
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   148; K6-11   90; TWEENS 9-14   69
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1046; K6-11 381; TWEENS 9-14 272
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   676; K6-11 391; TWEENS 9-14 324
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   489; K6-11 271; TWEENS 9-14 197
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   125; K6-11   94; TWEENS 9-14   71
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1120; K6-11 426; TWEENS 9-14 320
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   751; K6-11 469; TWEENS 9-14 353
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   476; K6-11 283; TWEENS 9-14 216
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   133; K6-11   70; TWEENS 9-14   57
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, April 22, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1168; K6-11 453; TWEENS 9-14 307
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   749; K6-11 409; TWEENS 9-14 333
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   441; K6-11 242; TWEENS 9-14 156
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   110; K6-11   76; TWEENS 9-14   53
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, April 23, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1126; K6-11 487; TWEENS 9-14 386
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   790; K6-11 500; TWEENS 9-14 381
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   578; K6-11 360; TWEENS 9-14 260
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   174; K6-11 117; TWEENS 9-14 96
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Saturday, April 24, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1449; K6-11 921; TWEENS 9-14 674
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1044; K6-11 661; TWEENS 9-14 520
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   606; K6-11 404; TWEENS 9-14 288
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   184; K6-11 132; TWEENS 9-14 106
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Sunday, April 25, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1360; K6-11 918; TWEENS 9-14 641
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1056; K6-11 715; TWEENS 9-14 555
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   750; K6-11 447; TWEENS 9-14 300
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   203; K6-11 119; TWEENS 9-14   89
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Weekly Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported networks, Total Day and Primetime Rankings among K2-11 (000) 4/19-4/25/10 :
Total Day      (000)   Primetime       (000)
NICK°:            1202    DSNY*:             1162
DSNY*:             765    NAN**:               862
CARTOON:         553    CARTOON:          832
NAN**:             476    NICK JR.:            513
NICK JR.:          342    NICKTOONS:       146
ADSM**:           193    DXD:                  137
DXD:                 128    ESPN:                 119
NICKTOONS:       82    TEENNICK:            88
TEENNICK:          64    BET:                     83
ESPN:                 50    DISCOVERY:          70
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data Live + SD Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Denotes a network that broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24hr day.
°Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p

Weekly Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported networks, Total Day and Primetime Rankings among K6-11 (000) 4/19-4/25/10 :
Total Day        (000)  Primetime      (000)
NICK°:               584    DSNY*:             866
DSNY*:              489    NAN**:             669
NAN**:              363    CARTOON:         550
CARTOON:          330    DXD:                 101
ADSM**:            109    NICKTOONS:       99
DXD:                    81    NICK JR.:            79
NICKTOONS:         53    ESPN:                 72
TEENNICK:            51    TEENNICK:          65
NICK JR.:              49    BET:                   52
ESPN:                   31    ANIMAL PLANET:  47
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data Live + SD Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Denotes a network that broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24hr day.
°Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p

Weekly Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Networks, Total Day and Primetime Rankings among Tweens 9-14 (000) 4/19-4/25/10 :
Total Day         (000)   Primetime      (000)
NAN**:               449     NAN**:             746
NICK°:                424     DSNY*:             690
DSNY**:             415     CARTOON:         392
CARTOON:           233     ESPN:               111
ADSM**:             167     BET:                   98
DXD:                     63     MTV:                  97
MTV:                     63     DXD:                  79
TEENNICK:             60     COMEDY:           72
ESPN:                    51     TEENNICK:         71
BET:                      45     NICKTOONS:       69
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data Live + SD Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Denotes a network that broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24hr day.
°Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p

Monthly Year-to-Year Comparison: Total Day Rankings among K6-11 (000) 3/30-4/26/09 vs. 3/29-4/25/10, Cable Networks Only:
Network:                (000)   %diff
NICK°:                     622      +4%
DSNY*:                    534      -5%
CARTOON:                358     +5%
NAN**:                    346      +62%
ADSM**:                  120      -6%
DXD:                         85      +9%
NICKTOONS:              59      +7%
NICK JR.:                   57      +8%
TEENNICK:                 46      +77%
BET:                          34      +42%
°Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p
*NAN Total Day 9p-6a
**Cartoon Network & Adult Swim share channel space ADSM airs
Sat.-Thurs. 11p-6a
The networks listed are mostly those cable networks that regularly appear on the K6-11 weekly ranking charts.
Source: Disney Research from Star Media Multitrak Reporting System Live+7 Blended with Live+SD from 10/16/2006 to date; Data prior to 12/26/2005 is based on Live Viewing

Disney Channel Premieres “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” on Friday, September 3


– Soundtrack in Stores July 27; Tickets Available in May for Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato and Camp Rock Friends Concert Tour Embarking July 27 –

It’s On! Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will rock the summer in “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” a full out rock ‘n roll musical that celebrates music, dance and the freedom of summer and reminds viewers to ‘enjoy the journey.’ Part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise that introduced a generation to contemporary movie musicals, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” premieres FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It will be ushered in by the biggest summer-long experience ever presented by the channel, the industry leaders in providing world-class content for kids, tweens and families.

The movie’s soundtrack, featuring 15 original songs spanning hip-hop, rock and pop/rock, will be available TUESDAY, JULY 27 on iTunes and in stores nationwide.

“Camp Rock 2″ provides for an even more unrivaled Disney entertainment experience via a worldwide concert tour — a spectacular live show filled with headliners the Jonas Brothers, special guest Demi Lovato and the stars from “Camp Rock.” Produced by Live Nation, the three continent concert tour begins July 27 in Dallas, Texas. Tickets can be purchased at Further information is available at

Beginning May 11, fans can also access a “Camp Rock”-themed premium iTouch and iPhone app, which will also be optimized for the iPad, to buy tickets to the concert, hear music clips, watch videos and more.

“Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” is the sequel to the TV/soundtrack/DVD triumph “Camp Rock,” which for 2008 was cable TV’s #1 entertainment telecast in Total Viewers (10.1 million) and TV’s #1 entertainment telecast among Tweens 9-14 (3.8 million). Since its premiere, the Disney Channel Original Movie has reached over 137 million unduplicated viewers, and its soundtrack has sold 2.5 million CDs worldwide while |

spending a remarkable 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The “Camp Rock Extended Rock Star Edition” was the #1 TV movie and the #1 Family TV title on DVD in 2008.

This summer of fun opens on a high-pitched Camp Rock reunion. All the Camp Rockers have returned, eager to tune up and rock out. Nobody’s more excited than Mitchie, who anticipates more than a summer of music. Fresh from a world tour, the rock band Connect 3 are hanging all summer – Shane to pursue last summer’s crush on Mitchie, his band mates as moral support. Guitar legend Brown Cesario, Camp Rock’s owner, is ready to rock ‘n roll.

But all is not copasetic at this rocking teen paradise. Across the lake glistens the new Camp Star: a high-tech, big-money music camp funded by Brown’s former band mate-with-a-grudge, Axel Turner. Down-to-earth Camp Rock may have passion, talent and commitment, but Camp Star boasts resources, infrastructure and money — enough money to poach Camp Rock’s counselors and put Camp Rock out of business.

But Axel isn’t counting on a natural born leader named Mitchie, who vows to save her beloved camp and her friends’ summer. Clipboard in hand, she organizes the older Camp Rockers into counselors and keeps the camp running. Then Mitchie steps it up again… by challenging the egocentric Camp Star to a Final Jam — an end-of-summer performance duel… may the best camp win.

Starring are Demi Lovato as Mitchie Torres, Joe Jonas as Shane Gray, Nick Jonas as Nate, Kevin Jonas as Jason, Alyson Stoner as Caitlyn Geller, Meaghan Martin as Tess Tyler, Jasmine Richards as Peggy, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Ella, Matthew “Mdot” Finley as Luke, Chloe Bridges as Dana Turner, Roshon Fegan as Sander, Jordan “J” Francis as Barron, Maria Canals-Barrera as Connie Torres, Daniel Fathers as Brown and Daniel Kash as Axel Turner.

“Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” was written by Dan Berendsen (Disney’s “Hannah Montana The Movie” and “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie”) and the team of Karin Gist and Regina Hicks. It is based on characters created by Karin Gist, Regina Hicks, Julie Brown and Paul Brown. The director and co-producer is DGA Award winner Paul Hoen (Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls One World” and “Jump In”). The producer is Kevin Lafferty and the executive producer is Alan Sacks. “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” is a production of Sudden Motion Productions, Inc and Alan Sacks Productions.

Friday 4/23 Cable Ratings: Big Time Rush, The Troop, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex & Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Thanks to Travis Yanan, here are the final cable ratings for Friday, April 23:

Big Time Rush (8pm, Nickelodeon)
– 2.639 million viewers
– 1.7/3 HH
– 0.4/1 A18-49
– 2.2/11 T12-17
– 3.6/15 K2-11

The Troop (8:30pm, Nickelodeon)
– 2.011 million viewers
– 1.3/2 HH
– 0.3/1 A18-49
– 1.6/7 T12-17
– 2.7/10 K2-11

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (8pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.456 million viewers
– 1.5/3 HH
– 0.4/2 A18-49
– 1.9/9 T12-17
– 3.2/13 K2-11

Generator Rex (8:30pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.690 million viewers
– 1.6/3 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49
– 1.9/8 T12-17
– 3.7/14 K2-11

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9pm, Cartoon Network)
– 2.852 million viewers
– 1.7/3 HH
– 0.6/2 A18-49
– 1.8/8 T12-17
– 3.7/14 K2-11

4Kids Entertainment Signs Dragon Ball Z Kai for U.S. Broadcast Premiere on TheCW4Kids Saturday Morning

via press release:

4Kids Entertainment Signs Dragon Ball Z Kai for U.S. Broadcast Premiere on TheCW4Kids Saturday Morning

NEW YORK, Apr 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — 4Kids Entertainment has reached agreement with FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation Co., Ltd., to license the U.S. broadcast television rights to the new animated television series “Dragon Ball Z Kai”.

Sneak peeks of “Dragon Ball Z Kai” will be seen this summer before the series premieres as a regularly scheduled program on TheCW4Kids Saturday morning block during the 2010-2011 broadcast season. 4Kids will also have “Dragon Ball Z Kai” episodes available for streaming on its popular and websites.

Dragon Ball is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump published by Shueisha Inc. from 1984 through 1995. Inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, it follows the adventures of Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical objects — known as the Dragon Balls — which can summon a wish-granting dragon.

As part of the series’ 20th anniversary celebration in 2009, in a project overseen by its creator, Akira Toriyama, Shueisha and Toei Animation remastered the “Dragon Ball Z” series for HDTV, re-edited the series, updated its opening and ending sequences, rerecorded the vocal tracks by most of the original cast, and launched the newly named “Dragon Ball Kai” on Japanese television in April 2009. The series currently rates among the top five animated programs on Japanese television.

“‘Dragon Ball’ is one of the most popular manga series of the past 20 years, with more than 150 million copies of the book series sold in Japan and North America,” said Alfred R. Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. “We are looking forward to including ‘Dragon Ball Z Kai’ as a mainstay in our TheCW4Kids 2010 — 2011 Saturday morning programming lineup and making this great series available on American broadcast television.”

“We are excited about working with 4Kids to expose this major title to a new generation with a completely updated version,” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

About 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!kde/quotes/nls/kde (KDE 1.10, -0.05, -4.34%) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products.

Through its subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids’ produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, operates Web sites to support 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, and produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the Company programs and sells the national advertising time in “TheCW4Kids” five-hour Saturday morning block on The CW Television Network.

Additional information is available on the corporate Website and at the game station site.

About Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

Toei Animation Co., Ltd. (Jasdaq:4816) ( or is the largest animation production company in Japan since 1956, and have produced many celebrated TV series such as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Zatch Bell!, Digimon Adventure, and One Piece. With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris, Toei Animation ranks amongst the world’s most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing. Since its founding in 1956, Toei Animation has produced more than 9,900 episodes of TV series (181 titles) and 192 long feature films.

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

The information contained in this press release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Important factors beyond the Company’s control, including general economic conditions, consumer spending levels, competition from toy companies, motion picture studios and other licensing companies, the uncertainty of public response to the Company’s properties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations.

Disney XD Renews I’m in the Band for Second Season

via Disney XD press release:


A second season of “I’m In The Band,” a music-filled, live-action comedy series about a teenager who realizes his wildest dream when he joins his favorite “vintage” rock band, has been ordered by Disney XD, it was announced today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Production will resume in June in Hollywood, California.

The new season finds the band inching their way closer to an epic comeback and includes a one-hour special where Tripp joins arch-rival rock band Metal Wolf. Iron Weasel attempts to lure him back during Metal Wolf’s performance at the Super Bowl, and by happenstance, ends up stealing the spotlight.

“I’m In The Band’s” February 2010 premiere is Disney XD’s No. 1 series premiere on record in Total Viewers and Tweens 9-14, and the net’s No. 1 live-action series premiere ever across core kid and boy demos: Kids 6-14, Boys 6-14, Kids 6-11, Boys 6-11 and Tween Boys. The multi-camera comedy is from creators Michael B. Kaplan (“Frasier,” “Girlfriends”) and Ron Rappaport (“Date My Mom”) and is executive-produced by Kaplan and Richard Gurman (“Married…with Children,” “Still Standing”).

The series stars Logan Miller as Tripp Campbell, Steve Valentine as Derek Jupiter, Greg Baker as Burger Pitt, Stephen Full as Ash and Caitlyn Taylor Love as Isabella “Izzy” Fuentes.

“I’m In The Band” follows Tripp Campbell as he joins his favorite “vintage” rock band, Iron Weasel, and becomes determined to help the band he idolizes make an epic comeback. He’s certainly got his work cut out for him with the trio of rock star misfits whose stars have fallen so far that they can’t even afford their own housing and are forced to share bunk beds in a guest room at Tripp’s house. Nonetheless, in their own off the wall way, the three stooges will do their best to help Tripp steer through his teenage years with the goal of turning him into a bona fide rock star and giving him the chance to live out his dream.

The series is produced by It’s A Laugh Productions and carries a TV-Y7 parental guideline.

Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, series to date: 1/18/10-3/15/10, most current for ranks; Live + same day for series launch.

TeenNick May 2010 Highlights: More New Degrassi, That ’70s Show Marathon & Movies!

This May on TeenNick will feature three premieres of Degrassi: The Next Generation, a That ‘70s Show marathon and the start of a month of movies.

The last three episodes of Degrassi’s ninth season (before the two-hour TV movie, coming this summer) will premiere each Friday at 9 p.m. ET from May 7 to 21.  Below are episode summaries via TeenNick:

Friday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET
Innocent When You Dream” – Clare’s having sexy vampire dreams about Declan, but can she find an outlet for her raging crush?

Friday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET
In Your Eyes” – Riley has been hiding his feelings for a long time, but will a cute new friend tempt him to try dating?

Friday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET
Keep On Loving You” – Holly J and Declan are going strong, but when he can’t say the L word, she takes it personally.

In other TeenNick schedule news for May, a 24-hour That ‘70s Show marathon will air from Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m.

Like movies?  Then you’ll want to watch TeenNick’s Movie-Splosion from May 28 to June 20 at 9 p.m. ET each night.  The first movie will be 2003 film, What a Girl Wants, starring Amanda Bynes.  More information on Movie-Splosion will come with the release of the June schedule (later in May).