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).
Nickelodeon has been the #1 kids network, with actual kid demos (2-5, 2-11, 6-11, etc.) since the 1980s and with total viewers across all of cable since 1996. That changed in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Disney Channel took their crown for a short time. Today it’s hard to tell who can proudly wear what (i.e. TV ratings are bad).
Nevertheless, Nickelodeon has been very successful with TV ratings. So let’s take a look at their most watched premieres of all time!
- Data is based on total viewer (ages 2+) ratings for Live (through 12/25/2005) and Live + Same Day (since 12/26/2005) from Nielsen Media Research.
- Live + Same Day (Live+SD) includes DVR playback through 3:00am on the same day/night. It has been the standard reported number since 2006. Before that, just Live viewing was counted.
- Available data only. Chart includes all known premieres with 6,000,000+ total viewers.
- Cannot assure rankings below top 25.
- Only includes premiere telecast ratings. Repeats excluded. (Yes, there are repeats that could be on this list if it weren’t just for premieres!)
- Sources include Zap2it, TV by the Numbers, The Programming Insider, The Futon Critic, Travis Yanan, Son of the Bronx, and various other TV ratings resources over the past couple decades!
“All Growed Up”
“iSaved Your Life”
|4||8,809||The Fairly OddParents
“Dunces and Dragons”
|7||8,095||Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Dec-5-2008||8:00p|
“Have You Seen This Snail?”
“iFight Shelby Marx”
“iGot A Hot Room”
|11||7,675||Kids’ Choice Awards 2009||Mar-28-2009||8:00p|
“What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?”
“Truth or Square”
|14||7,639||Kids’ Choice Awards 2010||Mar-27-2010||8:00p|
“iGo to Japan”
|16||7,597||FRED: The Movie||Sept-18-2010||8:00p|
“iThink They Kissed”
|19||7,449||Kids’ Choice Awards 2008||Mar-29-2008||8:00p|
“iParty With VICTORiOUS”
|22||7,300||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
(2004) [Nick TV premiere]
|23||7,287||Kids’ Choice Awards 2011||Apr-2-2011||8:00p|
|25||6,773||Big Time Rush
“Big Time School of Rocque”
“Best Day Ever”
“Party Pooper Pants”
“iDate A Bad Boy”
|–||6,439||The Penguins of Madagascar
“Launchtime / Haunted Habitat”
|–||6,162||Kids’ Choice Awards 2012||Mar-31-2012||8:00p|
“Beggin’ on Your Knees”
“Pest of the West”
|–||6,110||Kids’ Choice Awards 2007||Mar-31-2007||8:00p|
“The Great Patty Caper”
“10th Anniversary Reunion Special”
“The Monster Who… / …Bikini Bottom Triangle”
“Sponge-Cano! / The Main Drain”