SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101).
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