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Network airplay report: most, least aired shows

A common complaint I hear (and have expressed myself) is how each of the networks run a limited number of shows and air many of them far too often. So let’s take a look at the data and see.

Using this past week for reference (May 15 – 21, 2017) and tabulating each show’s total number of airings on every network we cover (Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Cartoon Network and Boomerang), we will find out which series are the most overplayed, which networks air the most shows and which have the most variety?

(NOTE: To keep things simple, everything is tabulated and will be displayed in “half-hours” or full 22-minute episodes. So a two-hour movie would be 4 half-hours and a quarter-hour show would be 0.5 half-hours.)

MOST AIRED PROGRAMMING

First off, the program that accounts for the most airplay on all of the networks combined is… movies. For the week, movies took up a total of 109 half-hours of programming.

The two most aired series were Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with 98 half-hours, followed closely by SpongeBob SquarePants with 95.5 half-hours. Both of those series air across two networks each, so that is the combination of the two.

The third most-aired series is Tom & Jerry, which only airs on Boomerang, and for a whopping 80 half-hours. Fourth is PAW Patrol, which airs on Nick and Nick Jr., with a total of 72 half-hours. Fifth is Teen Titans Go!, which only airs on Cartoon Network, with 66.5 half-hours. Sixth is Looney Tunes, again just on Boomerang, for 64 half-hours. Seventh is PJ Masks, on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, with 59 half-hours. Eighth is a tie between George Lopez and Star vs. The Forces of Evil with 49 half-hours each airing on their one network. And another tie for tenth place between Henry Danger and Right Now Kapow with 47 half-hours each.

NUMBER OF SHOWS ON EACH NETWORK

In total, 173 different series aired across all nine of the networks. 19 of the series aired for a half-hour or less.

In terms of overall variety for each network, Cartoon Network airs the most series (thanks to Adult Swim) with 37 different series airing over the week. Nick Jr. follows with 28 different shows. Disney Channel and Nicktoons are tied with 26 series each. Nickelodeon aired 21 different series. TeenNick had 20. Disney XD aired 18. Disney Junior only had 16. While Boomerang has the least variety with only 11 different series on the schedule.

EACH NETWORK’S MOST AIRED SERIES

Percentage-wise, here are each network’s most played show:

Network Series % of network
Boomerang Tom & Jerry 23.81
Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 21.67
Cartoon Network / Adult Swim Teen Titans Go! 19.79
Nicktoons SpongeBob SquarePants 15.15
Disney XD Star vs. The Forces of Evil 14.58
Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite George Lopez 14.58
TeenNick VICTORiOUS 11.90
Disney Channel Stuck in the Middle 11.01
Nick Jr. PAW Patrol 10.20

ANIMATED VS. LIVE-ACTION

Boomerang and Disney Junior were the only two networks to have a 100% animation-filled programming line-up. The breakdown follows:

Network Animated Live-Action / mixed
Boomerang 100% 0%
Disney Junior 100% 0%
Nick Jr. 92% 8%
Cartoon Network / Adult Swim 88% 12%
Disney XD 73% 27%
Nicktoons 65% 35%
Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite 47% 53%
Disney Channel 33% 67%
TeenNick 30% 70%

FULL BREAKDOWN

Below are tables with each network’s total number of programs and their total percent of the network itself.

Quick Jump:

Cartoon Network / Adult Swim, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, Nicktoons, Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite, TeenNick, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Boomerang

Cartoon Network / Adult Swim

37 shows + movies

Half-hours % Program
66.5 19.79 Teen Titans Go!
42 12.50 movies
28 8.33 Ben 10 (2016)
26.5 7.89 The Amazing World of Gumball
25 7.44 Family Guy
21 6.25 American Dad
17 5.06 Bob’s Burgers
14 4.17 King of the Hill
12 3.57 Tom & Jerry Tales
10 2.98 The Cleveland Show
10 2.98 The Boondocks
10 2.98 We Bare Bears
8 2.38 Rick and Morty
5 1.49 NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
4.5 1.34 Mike Tyson Mysteries
4 1.19 Steven Universe
3.5 1.04 Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
3 0.89 Samurai Jack
2.5 0.74 Aqua Teen Hunger Force
2.5 0.74 Childrens Hospital
2.5 0.74 Squidbillies
2.5 0.74 Williams Stream
2 0.60 Dragon Ball Super
2 0.60 Robot Chicken
1 0.30 Attack on Titan
1 0.30 Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters
1 0.30 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
1 0.30 Hunter x Hunter
1 0.30 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096
1 0.30 Mr. Pickles
1 0.30 Naruto: Shippuden
1 0.30 Tokyo Ghoul
1 0.30 Transformers: Robots in Disguise
1 0.30 The Venture Bros.
0.5 0.15 The Brak Show
0.5 0.15 Justice League Action
0.5 0.15 The Powerpuff Girls (2016)
0.5 0.15 Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Nick Jr.

28 shows

Airings* % Program
38 10.20 PAW Patrol
35 9.40 Shimmer and Shine
32 8.59 Bubble Guppies
32 8.59 Wallykazam!
24 6.44 Team Umizoomi
23 6.17 Max & Ruby
22 5.91 Peppa Pig
19.5 5.23 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom
18 4.83 Dora the Explorer
14 3.76 Blaze and the Monster Machines
14 3.76 Blue’s Clues
10 2.68 Little Charmers
9 2.42 Dora and Friends: Into the City!
9 2.42 Mutt & Stuff
9 2.42 Zack & Quack
7 1.88 Fresh Beat Band of Spies
7 1.88 Hey Duggee
5 1.34 The Backyardigans
5 1.34 Franklin and Friends
5 1.34 Go, Diego, Go!
5 1.34 Kuu Kuu Harajuku
5 1.34 Little Bear
5 1.34 Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small
5 1.34 Teletubbies
5 1.34 Tickety Toc
5 1.34 The Wonder Pets
4 1.07 Peter Rabbit
1 0.27 Nella the Princess Knight

Disney Channel

26 shows + movies

Half-hours % Program
37 11.01 Stuck in the Middle
36 10.71 Jessie
25 7.44 BUNK’D
23 6.85 Liv and Maddie
22 6.55 Andi Mack
18 5.36 K.C. Undercover
18 5.36 Tangled: The Series
15 4.46 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
15 4.46 movies
15 4.46 PJ Masks
13 3.87 Bizaardvark
12 3.57 Austin & Ally
12 3.57 Mickey and the Roadster Racers
11 3.27 The Lion Guard
9 2.68 Good Luck Charlie
8 2.38 Elena of Avalor
7 2.08 Doc McStuffins
7 2.08 Girl Meets World
7 2.08 Goldie & Bear
7 2.08 Sofia the First
5 1.49 Best Friends Whenever
5 1.49 Dog With A Blog
4 1.19 Puppy Dog Pals
2 0.60 Walk the Prank
1 0.30 Friends of Heartlake City
1 0.30 Lab Rats: Elite Force
1 0.30 MECH-X4

Nicktoons

26 shows + movie

Airings* % Program
52.5 15.15 SpongeBob SquarePants
41 11.83 The Fairly OddParents
25 7.22 Paradise Run
23 6.64 Crashletes
22 6.35 Back at the Barnyard
21 6.06 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
16 4.62 Sanjay and Craig
14 4.04 ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
13 3.75 The Legend of Korra
12 3.46 Harvey Beaks
12 3.46 Henry Danger
12 3.46 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
11 3.17 Power Rangers (Dino Charge + Ninja Steel)
10 2.89 Bella and the Bulldogs
10 2.89 The Haunted Hathaways
10 2.89 Pig Goat Banana Cricket
9 2.60 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
6 1.73 Breadwinners
6 1.73 Rabbids Invasion
5 1.44 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
4 1.15 movie (Swindle)
3 0.87 Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life
2 0.58 Avatar
2 0.58 Bunsen is a Beast
2 0.58 Jimmy Neutron
2 0.58 The Loud House
1 0.29 The Thundermans

Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite

21 shows + movies + extra commercials

Half-hours % Program
49 14.58 George Lopez
43 12.80 SpongeBob SquarePants
35 10.42 The Loud House
34 10.12 PAW Patrol
28 8.33 Friends
28 8.33 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
21 6.25 Henry Danger
19 5.65 movies
17 5.06 Full House
16 4.76 The Thundermans
8 2.38 Blaze and the Monster Machines
8 2.38 Bubble Guppies
7 2.08 Team Umizoomi
7 2.08 extra commercials during Nick at Nite
4 1.19 ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
4 1.19 Rusty Rivets
2 0.60 Power Rangers Ninja Steel
1 0.30 Game Shakers
1 0.30 Nella the Princess Knight
1 0.30 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
1 0.30 Regal Academy
1 0.30 Shimmer and Shine
1 0.30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TeenNick

20 shows + movie

Half-hours % Program
40 11.90 VICTORiOUS
30 8.93 Rugrats
26 7.74 Rocko’s Modern Life
24 7.14 Game Shakers
24 7.14 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
24 7.14 Sam & Cat
22 6.55 Hey Arnold!
22 6.55 School of Rock
18 5.36 CatDog
16 4.76 iCarly
16 4.76 Zoey 101
14 4.17 Henry Danger
14 4.17 The Thundermans
10 2.98 Boy Meets World
10 2.98 The Haunted Hathaways
8 2.38 Kenan & Kel
4 1.19 100 Things to Do Before High School
4 1.19 All That
4 1.19 Doug
4 1.19 movie (Rags)
2 0.60 Bella and the Bulldogs

Disney XD

18 shows

Half-hours % Program
49 14.58 Star vs. The Forces of Evil
47 13.99 Right Now Kapow
41 12.20 Walk the Prank
39 11.61 Gravity Falls
30 8.93 Lab Rats
24 7.14 Milo Murphy’s Law
23 6.85 Pokémon
21 6.25 Lab Rats: Elite Force
18 5.36 Phineas and Ferb
9 2.68 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
8 2.38 Beyblade: Burst
8 2.38 Yo-Kai Watch
5 1.49 Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man VS. The Sinister 6
4 1.19 Future-Worm
4 1.19 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
4 1.19 Pickle and Peanut
1 0.30 Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution
1 0.30 Star Wars Rebels

Disney Junior

16 shows + movies

Airings* % Program
83 21.67 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
44 11.49 PJ Masks
37 9.66 Sofia the First
34.5 9.01 Doc McStuffins
34 8.88 The Lion Guard
29 7.57 Elena of Avalor
25.5 6.66 Goldie & Bear
22 5.74 Mickey and the Roadster Racers
15 3.92 Little Einsteins
13 3.39 My Friends Tigger & Pooh
12 3.13 P. King Duckling
11 2.87 movies
6 1.57 Miles from Tomorrowland
5 1.31 Jake and the Never Land Pirates
5 1.31 Octonauts
5 1.31 Sheriff Callie’s Wild West
2 0.52 Kate & Mim-Mim

Boomerang

11 shows + 1 special + movies

Half-hours % Program
80 23.81 Tom & Jerry
64 19.05 Looney Tunes
45 13.39 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
32 9.52 The Powerpuff Girls (2016)
29 8.63 Tom & Jerry Tales
28 8.33 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries
25 7.44 Grizzy and The Lemmings
14 4.17 movies
5 1.49 My Knight and Me
5 1.49 Peanuts
5 1.49 Shaun the Sheep
3 0.89 Sonic Boom
1 0.30 Lego DC Super Hero Girls

* Nick Jr., Disney Junior and Nicktoons all air a large portion of their network with limited commercials (thus being able to air more episodes). These networks’ totals are counted based on full episodes (22-minute lengths).

Nickelodeon does also run their 12-6am line-up with extra commercials, taking out a half-hour of programming each night. This is already accounted for in the tabulations above.

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