via Nickelodeon press release:
NICKELODEON CLOSES THE WEEK AS CABLE’S TOP NET IN TOTAL DAY
SpongeBob SquarePants Ranks as Top Animated Series Telecast with Kids for the Week;
Voltron Force™ Premiere Breaks Record as Nicktoons’ Highest-Rated Debut Ever
NEW YORK – June 21, 2011 – Nickelodeon closed the week (6/13/11 – 6/19/11) as cable’s number-one network in total day with total viewers (2.3 million), kids 2-11 (3.6/1.3 million) and kids 2-5 (3.7/539,000). Nick also bested its closest competitor with total viewers (+25%), kids 2-11 (+20%) and kids 2-5 (+85%).
The net’s weekly win was fueled by a solid performance from ratings hit, SpongeBob SquarePants, which ranks as the week’s top animated telecast with kids 2-11 on basic cable SB is top animated telecast for the week with K2-11. Nickelodeon was also home to the top three preschool telecasts for the week, with Dora the Explorer taking the top spot.
On June 16 (Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET) Nicktoons added the iconic franchise Voltron™ to its animated lineup with the new series, Voltron Force™. The series premiered with a 90-minute movie, “Voltron Force: New Defenders Trilogy,” which set a new record for the net as the highest-rated series premiere with all key kid, tween and boy demos. The debut also posted solid double and triple-digit increases over last year’s like time period with kids 6-11 (+53%) and boys 6-11 (+113%).
The half-hour series, which features an all-new theme song produced and recorded by Grammy Award®-winning producer and artist Swizz Beatz, follows the adventures of a new class of recruits as they join forces with the original team to fight evil by forming Voltron, the legendary super robot. The series will regularly air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.
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