Nickelodeon’s new Ninja Turtles cartoon has only aired one episode (I guess two if you consider it a to-be-continued aired back-to-back) but the response has been outstanding. The show looks to have made both the fans and the bean-counters at Nick very happy. And why wouldn’t the people at Nick be happy? A whole lot of fans tuned in.
The series premiere (Saturday 11am EST) was the week’s highest-rated telecast with kids 2-11 (6.2/2.1 million) and boys 6-11 (8.2/837,000) for all TV (broadcast and cable), and it was the number-one kids’ show on basic cable for the week with 3.9 million viewers total. Not only that, but it hit a record high for the network with boys 2-11 (7.5/1.3 million) and it was their highest-rated premiere since 2009. Over the course of the weekend, over the various airings, nearly 12 million people watched the show.
Now what do all these numbers actually mean? They mean that after one weekend, Nickelodeon has enough faith in the series to renew Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a second season of 26 episodes, bringing the total order to 52. Hopefully the show can keep up the level of quality that the pilot had, for everyone’s sake.
If you want to read the full press release, head over to TNI.