Nickelodeon Greenlights Additional 20 Episodes of 'Sam & Cat'

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July 11th, 2013

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via press release:

NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS ADDITIONAL 20 EPISODES OF
TOP-RATED COMEDY SAM & CAT,
STARRING JENNETTE MCCURDY AND ARIANA GRANDE
Santa Monica, Calif. July 11, 2013 – Nickelodeon has ordered 20 additional episodes of its top-rated comedy Sam & Cat, it was announced today by Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon.  Sam & Cat is currently the network’s number-one live-action series, averaging 3.7 million total viewers since launch.  The series airs regularly Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. 
 
“Kids have already shown their love for Jennette and Ariana’s crazy adventures and comedic talent in Sam & Cat,” said Hicks. “We are thrilled to be delivering even more of their wild antics from this successful series.”
 
Sam & Cat drew over 4.2 million viewers with its series premiere making it the network’s biggest live-action debut in three years.  Additionally, since its June 8 launch, Sam & Cat is the number-one live-action series on the Nick App, and the most visited page (http://www.nick.com/samandcat) on Nick.com.  The premiere episode of the series hit the number-one spot on the iTunes TV episode chart, and all episodes since consistently rank among the top episodes on iTunes.
 
Brand-new episodes of Sam & Cat will continue to roll out this year and debut on Nick channels internationally beginning October.  Special upcoming guest stars include iconic comedy duo Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley), in their first appearance in a scripted series in over 30 years, and Sophia Grace and Rosie of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who reprise their roles as troublemakers Gwen and Ruby. 
 
For a unique opportunity to be part of Sam & Cat, fans can visit http://SAMandCAT.nick.com to submit photos of themselves for the chance to see them appear in future episodes of the show.  The site is also home to the “Lil’ Sam & Cat Show,” a series of animated shorts that give a behind-the-scenes look at how Sam & Cat is made and what life is like on set with Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.
 
Starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly’s Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande (Victorious’ Cat Valentine), Sam & Cat follows the duo as they become best friends and unlikely roommates who start a babysitting service.  The series is created by award-winning executive producer Dan Schneider (iCarly, VictoriousDrake & Josh, Zoey 101).
 
Nickelodeon, now in its 34th 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 almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 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, VIAB).
 
  • Twist Of Fate

    @Nick After having a year with more than 5 live-action shows averaging under 2 million viewers, they don’t have much of a choice

  • Maria

    I agree with Twist Of Fate. As annoying as Nathan CAN be..he’s just stating his opinion..and I think some of you just take things too seriously on this site.

    Anyway, congrats to Ari and Jenn. Two beautiful women who don’t need all this hate. They are pretty successful compared to the stars Disney or other kid nets have on their roster now.

  • Zach

    Errr. Nickelodeon the leader in kids entertainment? The number one cable network? Probably time to update the press release because I don’t think either of those things are true anymore.

  • Tony JJ

    @nathan
    I just want to state I meant no disrespect. I actually value a lot of people’s opinions on this site. I just assumed you wanted to start a war on this thread about Ariana vs. Jennette, but clearly I was wrong, you were just stating your opinion.

    On another note, what was nick going to do cancel it? They have had flip after flop for live action series lately and I don expect the haunted hathaways to break that curse. Sam and Cat is a Dan Schneider produced show which always work for nick and the show hasn’t done terribly in the ratings so this was expected.

    Everybody have a great day!

  • Chloe

    How many seasons do you lot think this will end?

  • Dan

    This show will likely last 60-65 eps maybe more if its really popular

  • 728huey

    Now that I’ve seen a few episodes of this program, I can get with the premise of the show, yet I still wish Nickelodeon didn’t make this a direct spinoff of iCarly and Victorious. They should have kept their characters separate from the iCarly/Victorious universe and just called them Jenn and Ari or something else.

  • ToXiX

    To the people hating.

    GO SUCK A TRUCK

  • anonymous

    The difference between Disney channel and Nickelodeon:

    Nickelodeon: Sorry viewers, but all of your shows are cancelled.
    Disney channel: New seasons of your favorite series are coming up/playing on the network.

    Nickelodeon: We only air Spongebob throughout the day on our station.
    Disney channel: Diverse lineup of A.N.T. Farm, Good Luck Charlie, Phineas and Ferb, Shake It Up, Jessie, Gravity Falls, and more every day.

    Nickelodeon: Unless it’s Dan Schneider, we don’t care. This isn’t the 90′s anymore.
    Disney channel: Upcoming new series from different variety of producers, such as Michael Jacobs (“Girl Meets World”), John Beck (“Liv & Maddie”), Tod Himmel, and Josh Silverton (“I Didn’t Do It”).

    Nickelodeon: The only merchandise we have is either from a Dan Schneider show or Spongebob.
    Disney channel: Merchandise and soundtracks of Phineas and Ferb, Shake It Up, A.N.T. Farm, Fish Hooks available in stores and our website.

    Somehow, I think that speaks for itself.

  • mike

    Kids love it!

  • Twist Of Fate

    @anonymous It doesn’t take a genuis to figure out you’re @jamie. My god you’re such a troll. All the shows that got cancelled DESERVED cancelled. Htr, FRED, Bucket, Etc. were all under 2 million viewers. Why would Nick want them. Cause if a show YOU like is doing bad, Nick should keep it on lol yeah right. As for merchandise, TMNT is a Huge merchandise seller. And Fyi: Nick’s schedule consists of SpongeBob (oh the horror -_-), FOP, TMNT, Victorious, Figure It Out, iCarly, Etc. Get you’re facts straight and quit being such a pain

  • Androme

    anonymous, or whoever it really is, really summed it up here. Those who don’t understand or are pissed, you needed to know now or forever hold your ignorance.

  • #bravod

    This show is getting a little better, but if I were Nickelodeon, I would add a new cast member for season 2 or the second part of season 1 (however these 20 episodes will be used). I would add a girl, around there age, and make her a normal teenager. This strategy will give viewers interest to see this new character, and by making her relatable, the show will do better. Although I like the Sam and Cat characters, they are not relatable, and a lil over the top.

    And a note to Dan Schnieider: stop making Cat so annoying!!!! She is so over the top….

  • #bravod

    I feel like Nick has ordered 20 more episodes for the first season because Nickelodeon’s live action show seasons go by so fast now. Before, Nick had hit live action programming, and they were able to stretch out the seasons because of it (I.e. Zoey 101, Drake and Jost, iCarly). Now, Nick’s live action shows have 20 episodes a season, and the episodes are new every week (Marvin Marvin and Big Time Rushseasons last about 3-4months) in contrast to Disney, which their shows seasons run about a year.. Get it??

  • Nick

    Nickelodeon is hypocritical for cancelling shows that did just as well early in there run and here giving Sam and Cat another 20. It’s hypocritical.

    If all those shows deserved to be cancelled, this one did as well. Nickelodeon cancelling those and adding 20 more to this is hypocritical. They are coming off a episodes a few weeks ago that did 2.5 million. How to Rock did better early on then that. It’s a fact.

    Now after 12 episodes or so, if Sam and Cat is still doing 3.0 million viewers. Come at me. But right now you are wrong.

    How to Rock didnt go under 2.0 million viewers till after it was officially cancelled by Nick. Look it up! The episode after it was cancelled did 2.8 Million.

    Maybe it’s unfair to compare, maybe since shows since then have bombed they are not being as hard on Sam and Cat’s ratings. Maybe Nickelodeon realized they expected too much out of those shows and if they could do it over, they wouldn’t have cancelled How to Rock or Victorious. But nobody knows that. So all we can go on is facts.

    Shows that did just as well early on as Sam and Cat got cancelled while Sam and Cat get’s a pass. It’s the truth rather you like it or not.

    Some people just say I’m bitter and you know what? I AM. But right now I’m bitter AND have a legit point. Eventually, Sam and Cat may continue to do well and the only reason for my view will be bitterness. But right now…I have a point backed up with facts.

  • 90s

    @Nick,

    You forget that How to Rock had hits like iCarly, Victorious, and Big Time Rush as lead ins. Those inflated numbers are due to them following highly-rated shows. Even its one episode that hit 4.4 aired AFTER the KCAs. Which by the way, was a huge drop.

    Left alone, HTR struggled and perhaps you can say Nick screwed the show over, but you can’t deny the fact it had some amazing shows as lead ins. A show like Dog with the Blog is sandwiched between GLC and Austin and Ally. How could it NOT do well?

    Sam and Cat has no lead in. Is it as big as iCarly or Victorious – so far no. But all of its episodes except for one made 3 million. And considering Nick’s recent stretch of fails, why wouldn’t Nick want to keep it on air again?

    BTW, that one episode that scored a 2.6, it aired the weekend Man of Steel came out. And it scored a 3.2 on a REPEAT of the premiere the following Thursday. On a THURSDAY.

    I’m not exactly defending Nick but just because Nick has had to let shows go, doesn’t mean it can’t let Sam and Cat exceed. Your blatant bitterness toward Nick is blinding you from some key facts. I’m not bashing you, just saying SaC is the biggest thing Nick has had since iCarly and Victorious and they need this show for it’s other shows to build off of.

  • Nathan

    @Nick
    How dare you compare Sam & Cat to that garbage show!

  • Nathan

    Disney fans need to stop causing drama and continue jacking off in their basement….as usual. ;)

  • AJ

    I’m glad they added 20 more episodes :) I hope the ratings keep up :/

  • Phil

    They’re getting old on this network. For some reason, I think they’re rushing production so that they have so many episodes on the shelf to air so that they can end the show within a year or two yet keep the show on air for another 2-3 years.

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