List of Nickelodeon's highest-rated premieres

Last updated: 8:54 AM 10/20/2019

iCarly and All Growed Up

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!

Please Note:

Rank Live/Live+SD
Total Viewers
Date Time
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1 11,900 Rugrats
“All Growed Up”
Jul-21-2001 8:00p
2 11,164 iCarly
“iSaved Your Life”
Jan-18-2010 8:00p
3 8,848 iCarly
“iQuit iCarly”
Dec-5-2009 8:00p
4 8,809 The Fairly OddParents
“Fairly OddBaby”
Feb-18-2008 8:00p
5 8,757 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Atlantis SquarePantis”
Nov-12-2007 8:00p
6 8,560 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Dunces and Dragons”
Feb-20-2006 8:00p
7 8,095 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Dec-5-2008 8:00p
8 7,934 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Have You Seen This Snail?”
Nov-11-2005 8:00p
9 7,866 iCarly
“iFight Shelby Marx”
Aug-8-2009 8:00p
10 7,740 iCarly
“iGot A Hot Room”
Jul-30-2010 8:00p
11 7,675 Kids’ Choice Awards 2009 Mar-28-2009 8:00p
12 7,666 SpongeBob SquarePants
“What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?”
Oct-13-2008 8:00p
13 7,658 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Truth or Square”
Nov-6-2009 8:00p
14 7,639 Kids’ Choice Awards 2010 Mar-27-2010 8:00p
15 7,599 iCarly
“iGo to Japan”
Nov-8-2008 8:00p
16 7,597 FRED: The Movie Sept-18-2010 8:00p
17 7,564 iCarly
“iThink They Kissed”
Sept-12-2009 8:00p
18 7,518 iCarly
Jun-4-2010 8:00p
19 7,449 Kids’ Choice Awards 2008 Mar-29-2008 8:00p
20 7,355 iCarly
Apr-9-2011 8:00p
21 7,316 iCarly
“iParty With VICTORiOUS”
Jun-11-2011 8:00p
22 7,300 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
(2004) [Nick TV premiere]
Nov-10-2006 8:00p
23 7,287 Kids’ Choice Awards 2011 Apr-2-2011 8:00p
24 7,276 Zoey 101
“Goodbye, Zoey?”
Jan-4-2008 8:00p
25 6,773 Big Time Rush
“Big Time School of Rocque”
Jan-18-2010 8:30p
6,700 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Best Day Ever”
Nov-10-2006 7:30p
6,700 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Party Pooper Pants”
May-17-2002 9:30p
6,697 iCarly
Oct-11-2010 8:00p
6,472 iCarly
“iDate A Bad Boy”
May-9-2009 8:00p
6,439 The Penguins of Madagascar
“Launchtime / Haunted Habitat”
Mar-28-2009 9:30p
6,430 iCarly
Nov-23-2012 8:00p
6,299 iCarly
“iLook Alike”
Mar-7-2009 8:00p
6,162 Kids’ Choice Awards 2012 Mar-31-2012 8:00p
“Beggin’ on Your Knees”
Apr-2-2011 9:30p
6,141 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Pest of the West”
Apr-11-2008 8:00p
6,110 Kids’ Choice Awards 2007 Mar-31-2007 8:00p
6,102 SpongeBob SquarePants
“The Great Patty Caper”
Nov-11-2010 8:00p
6,100 All That
“10th Anniversary Reunion Special”
Apr-23-2005 8:00p
6,054 SpongeBob SquarePants
“The Monster Who… / …Bikini Bottom Triangle”
Jan-28-2011 8:30p
6,023 Zoey 101
“Fake Roommate”
Jan-27-2008 8:30p
6,004 SpongeBob SquarePants
“Sponge-Cano! / The Main Drain”
Jan-28-2011 8:00p
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