Total Drama continues to draw Canuck tweens

The world premiere of Fresh TV's one-hour tween-centric special Total Drama, Drama, Drama on Canada's Teletoon brought in more than double the season-to-date viewership for the broadcaster.
December 9, 2008

The world premiere of Fresh TV’s one-hour tween-centric special Total Drama, Drama, Drama on Canada’s Teletoon brought in more than double the season-to-date viewership for the broadcaster.

The ratings bonanza for the special, spun off from the half-hour toon series Total Drama Island, put the specialty net in top spot for last week’s 6 p.m. timeslot with the K2-11, K6-11 and P2+ crowds, according to Canadian ratings tracker BBM Nielsen.

The animated reality special – think Survivor, only with animated teens – also delivered an impressive online audience to, drawing more than 860,000 unique visitors according to Omniture SiteCatalyst and nearly a million Total Drama online video views last month.

Both on-air and online initiatives were designed to alert viewers to the launch of the second season of the Teletoon original production Total Drama Action, set to premiere on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. EST, with new episodes airing each Sunday also at 6:30 p.m. EST. Viewers will be able to stream full episodes of Total Drama Action on with new episodes going online every Thursday, before their Sunday evening on-air broadcast.

On-air ad opps up for grabs on the popular tween vehicle include programming stunts, product integration, contest and billboard sponsorships, and vignettes. Online possibilities span web-streaming sponsorships, customized web games and quizzes, multi-platform promos, hot links and pre/post awareness testing.

Leading up to the one-hour special broadcast, Teletoon re-aired the first season of the series Total Drama Island every evening at 6:30 p.m. EST throughout November, also beating season-to-date AMAs in the timeslot, with an AMA increase of 13% for the 2-17 demo over prior programming.

An on-air/online viewer contest was also launched as part of the promo with Total Drama Action transporting 14 of the show’s original contestants to an abandoned movie studio back lot where they would take part in movie-inspired challenges or be forced to take the walk of shame to elimination. Viewers could enter the Total Drama Continues Contest online by collecting codes that appeared on air during the broadcasts of Total Drama Island. The multi-platform contest received more than 128,000 entries, and viewers that subscribed to the Teletoon VIP newsletter gained bonus contest entries and additional program content access. During the period of the programming stunt, the newsletter gained 10,000 new subscribers.

Season three of the series Total Drama, the Musical has been green-lit by Teletoon for production.

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