via press release:
NICKELODEON CLOSES THE WEEK AS THE TOP TOTAL DAY NETWORK
SpongeBob SquarePants is Week’s Top Program with Kids 2-11 and 6-11;
iCarly Ranks as Number One Live-Action Series with Kids and Tweens
NEW YORK–Feb. 15, 2011–Nickelodeon closed the week (2/7/11-2/13/11) as basic cable’s number-one network in total day with total viewers (2.3 million), kids 2-11(3.7/1.3 million) and kids 6-11 (3.1/678,000). The net’s weekly win was fueled by strong performances from Nick’s hit series SpongeBob SquarePants and iCarly. A new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants on Saturday morning (Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. ET/PT) “You Don’t Know Sponge” scored 5 million total viewers and ranks as the week’s top program with kids 2-11 and kids 6-11. An iCarly Saturday night premiere “iHire an Idiot” (Feb. 12, 8 p.m. ET/PT), drew 4.9 million viewers and nabbed the week’s number-one live-action program with kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14.
SpongeBob SquarePants “You Don’t Know Sponge” won its time period (9:30-10 a.m. ET/PT) on basic cable with total viewers (5 million) and was the number-one program on all TV with kids 2-11 (8.5/3.0 million), kids 6-11 (8.8/1.9 million) and tweens 9-14 (5.9/1.3 million). “You Don’t Know Sponge” was followed by a new episode of T.U.F.F. Puppy, “Snap Dad”which hit a series high with total viewers (4.2 million), kids 2-11 (7.5/2.7 million) and kids 6-11 (7.9/1.7 million).
“iHire an Idiot,” won its Saturday night time slot (8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT) with all kid and tween demos across broadcast and basic cable and was basic cable’s top program in its time period with total viewers (4.9 million). The half-hour “Crush Week” premiere posted double-digit gains and averaged 6.6/2.3 million K2-11(+53%), 8.4/1.8 million K6-11 (+71%) and 7.7/1.7 million T9-14 (+88%)
iCarly was followed by a new episode of True Jackson, VP “Field Trip,” which scored basic cable’s top spot in its time period with tweens 9-14 and total viewers (2.4 million). The episode also posted double-digit gains over last year with all kid and tween demos averaging a 3.4//1.2 million K2-11 (+13%), 4.1/800,000 K6-11 (+8%) and 4.2/900,000 T9-14 (+56%).
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