From Film Roman, the animation studio that brought you “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” comes the new animated Hub Original Series “Dan Vs.” The half-hour animated series features Dan, a lovable misanthrope who takes on different adversaries with his pal Chris, on a ceaseless quest for justice in various misadventures.
Comparing 4th Quarter 2010 to its 4th Quarter 2009 performance, Cartoon Network’s prime time delivery and ratings increased across all kid demos—average kids 6-11 delivery (530,000) grew by 6% and ratings (2.1) by 5%, kids 2-11 delivery (770,000) grew by 4% and ratings (1.9) by 6%, and kids 9-14 delivery (403,000) grew by 4% and ratings (1.7) by 6%. The network’s quarterly performance with boys also charted gains vs. last year: boys 6-11 delivery (404,000) grew by 13% and ratings (3.2) by 14%, boys 2-11 delivery (547,000) grew by 9% and ratings (2.6) by 8%, and boys 9-14 delivery (304,000) grew by 8% and ratings (2.4) by 4%.
Powered by an unparalleled slate of original programming for kids and families — notably newcomers “Shake It Up and family comedy “Good Luck Charlie,” and “Hannah Montana Forever” — and the No. 1 TV/Cable movie with “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” Disney Channel recorded its most-watched year in the network’s history in Total Viewers and key kid targets.
With strong performance by the network’s expanding slate of original series — most notably its No. 1 series “Pair of Kings” and its No. 1 original animated series “Kick Buttowski” — along with Disney theatricals “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2” and “Ratatouille,” Disney XD delivered its largest annual audience in the net’s history in Total Day (includes Toon Disney) in Total Viewers (270,000) and across all key kid targets, including Kids 6-14 (132,000), Boys 6-14 (86,000), Kids 6-11 (107,000) and Boys 6-11 (69,000), posting solid double-digit percent increases in all key breaks.
2010 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Specials on Networks of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney and The Hub
Merry Christmas from Nick and More! Here’s a list of all the Christmas specials airing on Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney XD and The Hub on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Coming to The Hub on Christmas Day is “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series,” a half-hour, live-action children’s anthological storytelling series, featuring the best-selling author of kids horror and the master of scary takes, R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly). The series will debut with two new episodes back-to-back, “A Creature Was Stirring” (8 p.m. ET) and “The Dead Body” (8:30 p.m. ET).
Compared to the same week in 2009, Cartoon Network posted total day delivery gains among kids 6-11 and kids 9-14. Kids 6-11 delivery (310,000) increased by 7%and kids 9-14 delivery (217,000) grew by 10%.
Nickelodeon has named three new participants for its 11th annual Fellowship for Diverse Writers, it was announced today by Karen Kirkland, Executive Director, Nickelodeon Fellowship for Diverse Writers. Kevin Arietta, a New York University graduate and former NYPD cadet, Kiyong Kim, an award-winning writer, director and illustrator graduate of Massachusetts School of Art, and Brian Stampnitsky, a sketch comedian and film school graduate of Vassar, will join the 2010-2011 Nickelodeon fellowship program that offers hands-on writing experience on current live-action and animated series. Additionally, two of last years fellows were recently placed on staff of Nickelodeon’s animated hit series Fanboy & Chum Chum and The Penguins of Madagascar.
Nickelodeon marks the first anniversary of the devastating Haitian earthquake with the premiere of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: “Haiti Rising? Life in the Ruins,” on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). With nearly half the population under 18, and more than half the homeless being kids, everything that happens in Haiti is a kid-related issue. The half-hour special follows the stories of kids living in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere even before the earthquake struck.
As previously announced by Cartoon Network and the NFL, 10-time NFL Pro Bowler and Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his 8-year-old son Nikko will appear in the second season of the short-form series, My Dad’s A Pro. Each of the two-and-a-half minute episodes will premiere every weeknight this week beginning tonight at 6:58 p.m. (ET/PT). In each episode, fans will get a glimpse of what everyday life is like for Nikko during both the NFL season and the off-season. Whether he and his dad are at a big game, at the Falcons training facility learning how to block, at the beach taking surfing lessons or at home hanging out in his backyard, Nikko provides an inside look at what life is like with a pro dad.
Robot Chicken returns to a galaxy far far away in the third installment of its Star Wars specials which play out as an extended episode devoted entirely to lampooning the Star Wars franchise. This special however breaks new ground in two aspects in particular. The episode presents a linear story rather than one with no chronological structure and it is not twice the length of a standard episode but rather four times the length filling an hour slot.
The Hub will premiere their newest animated series Dan Vs. on Saturday, January 1, 2011 with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. This is a change from the original timeslot announced back in November (which was 7 p.m. ET).
Nickelodeon has picked up the new multi-camera comedy series Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures to add to its full slate of brand-new programming coming in 1Q 2011, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon. A multi-camera buddy comedy about two best friends on a never-ending quest for awesomeness, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures is from executive producer Tom Lynch (The Troop, South of Nowhere), creators/executive producers Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin (Quintuplets, Kid Notorious) and executive producer Jonathan Stark (According to Jim) under The Tom Lynch Company banner. The series begins production this month in Los Angeles for a February 2011 premiere in the U.S. and globally on Nick channels around the world.
Driven by ratings juggernauts iCarly and SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon will finish 2010 in first place among all basic cable networks in total day–for the 16th straight year–among total viewers (P2+) and all kid demos, for the year to date (12/28/09-12/12/10) according to Nielsen Media Research. Nickelodeon also closes the year averaging 2.3 million viewers P2+ and a 3.5/1.2 million K2-11, 3.1/680,000 K6-11, 2.3/498,000 T9-14, besting the closest competitor by double-digits with all key kid demos and total viewers.
Airing the week’s Top 5 TV telecasts and 8 of the Top 10 overall, Disney Channel stood as TV’s No. 1 network in Total Day among Tweens 9-14 (492,000/2.0 rating), topping runner-up Nickelodeon by a solid 9% (450,000/1.8 rating).