List of Disney Channel's highest-rated premieres

Last updated: 10:27 PM 10/21/2019

High School Musical 2

TV ratings are a complicated thing. There are demos, viewers, “ratings”, shares, households, and numerous other terms that are used to differentiate different sets of ratings data. A commonly reported number for many years (at least since the mid-2000s) has been total viewers (all people ages 2 and up watching a program).

Similar to the most watched Nickelodeon premieres, Disney Channel has had an impressive run through much of the 2000s, especially with their original movies (DCOMs). High School Musical 2 is still one of the highest rated (non-sports) premieres in cable history. Some TV series have also been able to bring in a large audience with specials as well. Let’s take a look at their most watched premieres of all time!

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Rank Live/Live+SD
Total Viewers
(,000)
Program
“Episode”
Date Time
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1 17,241 High School Musical 2 8/17/2007 8:00p
2 11,433 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie 8/28/2009 8:00p
3 10,800 Phineas and Ferb
“Rollercoaster”
8/17/2007 10:00p
4 10,700 Hannah Montana
“Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas”
8/17/2007 10:15p
5 9,755 Wizards of Waverly Place
“Who Will Be the Family Wizard?”
1/6/2012 8:00p
6 9,292 Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana 7/17/2009 8:00p
7 8,858 Camp Rock 6/20/2008 8:00p
8 8,533 Princess Protection Program 6/26/2009 8:00p
9 8,388 Teen Beach Movie 7/19/2013 8:00p
10 8,169 Jump In! 1/12/2007 8:00p
11 7,955 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam 9/3/2010 8:00p
12 7,823 The Cheetah Girls 2 8/25/2006 8:00p
13 7,800 Cadet Kelly 3/8/2002 8:00p
14 7,732 High School Musical 1/20/2006 8:00p
15 7,642 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension 8/5/2011 8:00p
16 7,592 Cory in the House
“New Kid in Town”
1/12/2007 9:30p
17 7,530 Return to Halloweentown 10/20/2006 8:00p
18 7,477 Good Luck Charlie
“Special Delivery”
6/24/2012 8:00p
19 7,317 Jessie
“Star Wars”
1/6/2012 9:00p
20 7,109 The Suite Life on Deck
“Twister (Part 3)”
1/16/2011 8:00p
21 7,108 Hannah Montana Forever
“I’ll Always Remember You”
11/7/2010 7:30p
22 7,050 Hannah Montana
“On the Road Again”
7/28/2006 9:00p
23 7,017 Twitches 10/14/2005 8:00p
24 6,959 Twitches Too 10/12/2007 8:00p
25 6,920 Hannah Montana
“Miley Says Goodbye? (Part 2)”
3/14/2010 7:30p
26 6,901 Hannah Montana
“He Could Be the One”
7/5/2009 8:00p
27 6,876 Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! 12/2/2011 8:00p
28 6,808 The Suite Life on Deck
“Lost at Sea”
10/2/2009 8:00p
29 6,656 Good Luck Charlie
“Snow Show (Part 1)”
1/16/2011 8:30p
30 6,550 Descendants 7/31/2015 8:00p
31 6,500 The Cheetah Girls 8/15/2003 8:00p
32 6,485 Minutemen 1/25/2008 8:00p
33 6,316 Hannah Montana
“Miley Says Goodbye? (Part 1)”
3/7/2010 7:30p
34 6,231 The Santa Clause 2
(2002) [Disney Channel premiere]
12/18/2006 8:00p
35 6,217 Wizards of Waverly Place
“Wizards vs. Werewolves”
1/22/2010 8:00p
36 6,200 Shake It Up
“Start It Up”
11/7/2010 8:30p
37 6,179 Hannah Montana Forever
“Wherever I Go”
1/16/2011 7:00p
38 6,176 The Cheetah Girls: One World 8/22/2008 8:00p
39 6,140 Halloweentown High 10/8/2004 8:00p
40 6,115 Sonny With A Chance
“Sonny With A Secret”
7/18/2010 8:30p
41 6,090 Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge 10/12/2001 8:00p
42 6,018 Wizards of Waverly Place
“Paint By Committee”
6/26/2009 9:45p
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