“Nick News” to Air 10 Year Anniversary Retrospective on October 4, 2001

NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE, the longest-running kids’ newsmagazine in television history, will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of its Emmy, duPont and Peabody award-winning news coverage with a one-hour, prime-time special, TURNING TEN: A NICK NEWS CELEBRATION, airing Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at 8pm (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The special is a retrospective of the weekly newsmagazine’s most compelling stories over the last decade, showing how this groundbreaking program has been able to explain events such as war, terrorism, school shootings, AIDS, racism and politics to kids, and how kids have responded by working to change their world for the better.

“Nick News: Kids, Terrorism and American Spirit” Premieres September 16, 2001

Nick will air a Nick News Special Edition, Nick News: Kids, Terrorism and American Spirit, on Sunday, September 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) to offer kids and their families a starting point to talk about their fears and thoughts surrounding this past Tuesday’s series of events. The program also will be shown on Monday, September 17, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and Wednesday, September 19, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Nickelodeon Renews “The Brothers Garcia” for Third Season & TV Movie in 2002

Nickelodeon’s hit primetime, live-action comedy The Brothers Garcia has been renewed for a third season, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Nickelodeon. Eleven new episodes of the show will begin production in October in Hollywood. The Brothers Garcia, which made television history in July 2000 as the first English Language sitcom with an all-Latino cast and creative team of writers, directors and producers, will also be featured in a 90-minute tele-film to air on Nickelodeon in the 2002 season.

Nickelodeon July 2001 Ratings Highlights; “Rugrats: All Growed Up” Sets Huge Records

Powered by the record-shattering Rugrats’ “All Growed Up” 10th anniversary special, Nickelodeon in July 2001 drew its largest audience of kids 2-11 ever and continued its longstanding dominance as the number-one basic-cable network on a 24-hour basis. According to Nielsen Media Research for July ’01 (7/2-29/01), Nickelodeon delivered a record-breaking average of 992,000 kids 2-11 in total day, marking a 4% increase over last year’s record-setting kid delivery levels (957,000). Among households in total day, Nickelodeon averaged a 1.5/1.2 million HH, delivering audience levels comparable to last year’s record-setting July ’00, when the network garnered its largest household delivery numbers ever.

Nickelodeon Announces 2001-02 Programming Pick-Ups

Affirming its ongoing commitment to original programming, Nickelodeon has picked up 13 episodes each of the brand-new comedy series The Nick Cannon Show and the newly cast All That, both set to launch Saturday, Sept. 29, in prime time in SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon). The network also has renewed five hit freshmen shows for their second seasons beginning in fall 2001, including As Told By Ginger (20 episodes), The Fairly OddParents (14), Invader ZIM (20), Pelswick (13) and Taina (13). The Nick Jr. preschool favorite Maggie and the Ferocious Beast also has been renewed for 13 episodes.

Nick’s TEENick Programming Block Launches March 4

Nickelodeon will launch a new Sunday-night destination created and designed for its tween viewership (kids 9-14) with TEENick [Teen Nick], a special two-and-one-half-hour programming block with music and interactive elements, beginning Sunday, March 4, at 6 p.m. (all times ET/PT).

“Invader ZIM” Premieres Friday, March 30 on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon’s first animated science-fiction fantasy series, Invader ZIM premieres Friday, March 30, 2001 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). From the inventive mind of comic book creator Jhonen Vasquez, and co-executive produced by animation veteran Mary Harrington, the series focuses on a paranoid alien named ZIM from planet Irk who believes he is at the forefront of a sinister plan of galactic conquest.

Interactive Nick and Nick.com Game “BubbleCast” Launches February 5

Nickelodeon and Nick.com create the first interactive TV/online game experience for kids when BubbleCast debuts February 5, 2001. BubbleCast is the first online game designed for kids to play on their computers as they watch Nickelodeon TV shows. Available exclusively at Nick.com, BubbleCast will premiere on-air and online during Rugrats at 4 p.m. (ET/PT), which airs weekdays within the network’s popular afternoon programming block, Slime Time Live.

Nickelodeon’s “Taina” Premiere Ratings

Taina, Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy series, scored a 5.5 rating/18 share (1.7 million kid viewers) for its Sunday, Jan. 14, premiere–marking triple-digit increases of 169% in rating and 181% in kid viewers as compared to prior-year levels.