Primetime special Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure debuted on Disney Channel this past Sunday, ranking as the show’s most-watched telecast on record in total viewers, delivering double-to-triple-digit percent gains over year-ago time period numbers (10/5/08), increasing by 254% in kids two to five and by 38% in total viewers.
Following the Handy Manny special, 2.8 million total viewers tuned into the preview of the Playhouse Disney’s new series Jungle Junction, which encourages preschoolers to think about their impact on the natural world. It also drew 853,000 viewers in the two to five set, outperforming year-ago time period levels by 22% in total viewers and by 185% in kids two to five.
Meanwhile, DC’s first-ever one-hour ep of The Suite Life on Deck (Friday, October 2) became the series’ most-watched telecast in total viewers, kids six to 11 and tweens nine to 14. It was Friday’s top TV telecast with the latter two demos, ranking in as TV’s number two show at 8 p.m. in total viewers and fifth among all TV overall for the entire day. Overall, DC had nine of Friday’s top 10 most-awtched cable telecasts in total viewers, top 13 in kids six to 11 and top 14 in tweens nine to 14.
North of the border, the season two premiere of Star Wars The Clone Wars scored with Canuck viewers on Teletoon Canada, bringing the broadcaster to the number one rated TV network for the timeslot with kids two to 11 at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night.
The Canadian premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two placed TELETOON as the number one rated television network for the timeslot with K2-11 at 8:30 pm ET/PT on Friday night, bringing in 441,000 viewers ages two and up, a 45% increase in timeslot in season to date, 149,000 viewers (kids two to 11), a 51% increase in the timeslot to date, making Teletoon the top TV net for the timeslot, and 105,000 boys in the two to 11 set, a 45% bump in season to date, also coming in as the top net for the timeslot.
Additionally, Cartoon Network US saw healthy ratings from the Clone Wars season two premiere on Friday at 8 p.m., bringing in double-digit ratings and delivery gains among all kids and boys demos compared to the same time period last year. Delivery for kids two to 11 delivery (1,276,000) increased by 14%, kids six to 11 (969,000) was up by 19% and kids nine to 14 (798,000) by 23%. On the boys side, the two to 11 set (1,098,000) grew by 28%, six to 11s (873,000) by 33% and nine to 14s (725,000) by 31%.
Overall, Friday night’s prime-time performance (8-10 p.m.) saw some ratings and delivery improvements , with triple-digit increases among kids six to 11 and kids nine 14 compared to the Friday prime time average across CN’s Q3. Kids six to 11 prime time delivery (781,000) leaped 108% while kids nine to 14 (636,000) jumped by 109%. Boys six to 11 (701,000) was up 134% and boys nine to 14 delivery (579,000) by 126%.