"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Renewed by Nickelodeon for Second Season; Premiere is Number 1 Kids Program on Basic Cable

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October 2nd, 2012

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Series Premiere Scores Cable’s Top Spot for the Week with Kids Across All TV; Nearly 4 Million Total Viewers; and Nick’s Highest Boys 2-11 Rating for 2012
Nickelodeon Renews Series for Second Season with 26 New Episodes Ordered
Consumer Products Line Named to Holiday Season ‘Hot Toy’ Lists
NEW YORK–Oct. 2, 2012– Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – aka the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – made a triumphant return to television in their new Nickelodeon series premiere this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., ET/PT), ranking as the week’s top telecast with kids 2-11 (6.2/2.1 million) and boys 6-11 (8.2/837,000) across broadcast and cable TV, and the number-one kids program on basic cable with total viewers (drawing 3.9 million) for the week. Additionally, the new CG-animated version of the series hit a ratings high for Nickelodeon with boys 2-11 (7.5/1.3 million), and was the network’s top-rated premiere for an animated series since 2009. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers.
Following its launch success, Nickelodeon has ordered 26 additional episodes of the series, which will begin airing next year. Additionally, the reintroduction of this storied franchise has already ignited excitement in the licensing community, with the new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products from Playmates Toys being named ‘Hot Toys for the Holidays’ on the prestigious Toys R’ Us and Time to Play lists.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is setin present day New York City, from the glittering towers of Manhattan to the dark depths of the sewers, and follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter. One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once human, Splinter, encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, training them to become ninjas. Years have passed since that point and the four turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, are now headstrong teenagers, filled with the confidence of youth and a burning desire to see the world.
The series stars Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O’Neil), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder). The executive producers for the series are Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia and Peter Hastings. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is premiering globally across Nickelodeon’s channels around the world.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business—with DVDs, video games, toys and more--that has generated billions of dollars at retail.
Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
  • nezuko

    So, after the premier rising of the turtles, episode 3 and others will broadcast next year???? WTF.

  • Jon23812

    Now that the show is a hit, they better not screw it up like they do with most of their other shows.

  • Jon23812

    @Nezuko, No, they said season two will premiere next year, they are currently airing season one.

  • Casey

    This did not take long. I was a big fan of the original 1987 series when I was a kid and so I did watch the premier episode.

  • Ram510

    Why? It wasn’t even good, I don’t know if I’m going to watch another episode. Nickelodeon should try to find themselves a show more like Young Justice

  • donny4life

    wow some ppl REALLY need to learn how to read and comprehend stuff….anyway SO FREAKIN EXCITED this show already got picked up for a FULL second season!! i haven’t been able to stop watching the premier [nick.com] since it first came online and i can’t WAIT to see what happens in this next episode!! been a fan since 1988 and i LOVE how they’re taking all the elements from series past and throwing them into this reboot. TURTLE POWER baby!!!!

  • liam

    I prefer the 1987 version of it. I didnt like the 2003 version so much, I found it hard to follow at times. The ’87 version was much better and no nther version will replace it for me.

  • liam

    ^^^no other

  • Derrick

    Nick is killing all its teen shows as well as losing the rights to Power Rangers, not sure if it really mattered what the ratings were.

  • Paulo


    Dudes & Dudettes, Major league butt-kicking is back in town.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    Nickelodeon treated Power Rangers like crap anyway… they don’t deserve that show, neither does disney since disney did the same thing.

    I’m still hoping for a TMTNT- Korra pair on Friday nights.

  • Peter

    AWESOME NEWS! The premiere was great and I can’t wait for more episodes.

  • Twist Of Fate

    I say, Power Rangers it’s ratings are lower than HTR’s and it’s one of the corniest Franchises since Barney. Oh, and Disney is dumber than I thought. They renewed Ant Farm for a 3rd season. Does the fact that this show currently averges 2.7 million viewers appeal to Disney.

  • Derrick

    @Twist of Fate

    Nickelodeon is the one who made power rangers corny. there is a HUGE difference between RPM and Samurai and the reason is that Nick tried to control the production of the show. Disney might not have cared about the show when it came to promotion, but atleast they let the writers do what they wanted.

    and really, corniest franchise since Barney, you are just lying there.

  • Twist Of Fate

    I saw the older ones on Nicktoons, there just as corny as Samurai. Alright, maybe not Barney, but the actors sound like Nick Jr actors.

  • DougF


    No, this pretains to the 2nd season. The 1st season is 26 episodes as well.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    It really doesn’t matter what network did this and that, both Nickelodeon, and Disney treated the show like CRAP. Period.

  • Takeshi

    Nick isn’t behind Power Rangers… That’s all Saban’s doing… they only have the airing rights… the only stupid thing they have done is seperated seasons over two years… blame the rest of the show on Saban

  • Kaylie

    Wow. They shouldve waited. This’ll be added to their list of new premieres of toons that they soon treat like crap.

  • Twist Of Fate

    Guys, I just read from Nickandmore that Nickelodeon is having a morning and night premire block starting October 13th:

    11:00 Am- TMNT
    11:30 AM- Kung Fu Panda
    12:00 PM- Tuff Puppy
    12:30 PM- Robot And Monster
    1:00 PM- Power Rangers Samurai

    8:00- iCarly
    8:30- Victorious
    9:00- Big Time Rush
    9:30- How To Rock

    AWESOME, finally more Tuff Puppy

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