Two New Nicktoons Nab Strong Ratings for Prime-Time Launches

'The Fairly OddParents' and 'Invader ZIM' Take Top Spots in Respective

Time Periods Against All Broadcast and Basic Cable Competition



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Nickelodeon

    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon's two newest hit Nicktoons,
 "The Fairly OddParents" and "Invader ZIM," bowed Friday, March 30, in prime
 time to the tune of double-digit ratings gains among kids 2-11 over like time
 period last year.  The new Nicktoons also ranked as the highest-rated programs
 among kids 2-11 in their respective time periods on Friday night against all
 broadcast and basic cable competition.  As 2001 marks the 10th anniversary of
 Nicktoons -- which were established in 1991 with the launch of "Rugrats,"
 "Doug" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show" -- "The Fairly OddParents" and "Invader
 ZIM" join the network's hit stable of funny, irreverent and original
 creator-driven animated properties.
     "The Fairly OddParents," which debuted at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on March 30,
 dazzled with a 7.8/25 (2.4 million average viewers) among kids 2-11, marking
 year-ago time period increases of 44% in rating and 49% in delivery.  The
 series, from creator Butch Hartman, is an action-packed, animated comedy
 series following the adventures of 10-year-old Timmy Turner and his newly
 arrived fairly godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, who wreak magical mayhem.
     "Invader ZIM," Nickelodeon's first animated science-fiction/fantasy
 series, beamed in at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on March 30 with a 6.0/17 (1.8 million
 average viewers) among kids 2-11, up 63% in rating and 69% in delivery over
 like time period last year.  Created by comic book artist Jhonen Vasquez,
 "Invader ZIM" focuses on a hopelessly inept alien named ZIM from planet Irk
 who mistakenly believes he is at the forefront of a sinister plan of galactic
 conquest to conquer Earth.
     Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, 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,
 magazines and feature films.  Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in
 more than 80 million households, and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
 network for more than five consecutive years.  Nickelodeon and all related
 titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Nickelodeon
    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon's two newest hit Nicktoons,
 "The Fairly OddParents" and "Invader ZIM," bowed Friday, March 30, in prime
 time to the tune of double-digit ratings gains among kids 2-11 over like time
 period last year.  The new Nicktoons also ranked as the highest-rated programs
 among kids 2-11 in their respective time periods on Friday night against all
 broadcast and basic cable competition.  As 2001 marks the 10th anniversary of
 Nicktoons -- which were established in 1991 with the launch of "Rugrats,"
 "Doug" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show" -- "The Fairly OddParents" and "Invader
 ZIM" join the network's hit stable of funny, irreverent and original
 creator-driven animated properties.
     "The Fairly OddParents," which debuted at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on March 30,
 dazzled with a 7.8/25 (2.4 million average viewers) among kids 2-11, marking
 year-ago time period increases of 44% in rating and 49% in delivery.  The
 series, from creator Butch Hartman, is an action-packed, animated comedy
 series following the adventures of 10-year-old Timmy Turner and his newly
 arrived fairly godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, who wreak magical mayhem.
     "Invader ZIM," Nickelodeon's first animated science-fiction/fantasy
 series, beamed in at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on March 30 with a 6.0/17 (1.8 million
 average viewers) among kids 2-11, up 63% in rating and 69% in delivery over
 like time period last year.  Created by comic book artist Jhonen Vasquez,
 "Invader ZIM" focuses on a hopelessly inept alien named ZIM from planet Irk
 who mistakenly believes he is at the forefront of a sinister plan of galactic
 conquest to conquer Earth.
     Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, 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,
 magazines and feature films.  Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in
 more than 80 million households, and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
 network for more than five consecutive years.  Nickelodeon and all related
 titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Nickelodeon