<H1 itxtvisited="1">Nickelodeons Merry Christmas Drake & Josh Ranks as Weeks Top Cable Entertainment Program with 8.1 Million Total Viewers, Number-One TV Telecast with Kids and Tweens</H1>WEBWIRE Wednesday, December 10, 2008NEW YORK.- Drake & Josh Movie Ranks Among Top Three Entertainment Cable Telecasts Year-to-Date and Nicks Most-Watched Live-Action TV Movie Ever
Nickelodeons original TV movie Merry Christmas Drake & Josh which aired Friday, Dec. 5, 8-10 p.m. (ET/PT) drew 8.1 million total viewers (P2+) in its premiere, ranking as the weeks (12/1/08-12/7/08) number-one entertainment cable program, and earning the number-one spot on all of broadcast and cable TV for the week with kids and tweens. The primetime two-hour movie ranks as the most-watched live-action television movie with kids 2-11 and total viewers in Nickelodeons history, delivering triple-digit gains over last year. The telecast also ranks as the overall number-three entertainment telecast with total viewers on cable for 2008 to date (based on NMR: live + same day delivery).
-- The TV movie was the weeks number-one entertainment program on
cable with 8.1 million total viewers (up +402% in delivery).
-- Merry Christmas Drake & Josh, was broadcast and cable TVs
number-one show for the week (12/1/08-12/7/08) with kids and tweens,
averaging a 12.2/4.3 million K2-11 (up +369% in rating over last
years like time period); a 16.0/3.4 million K6-11 (up +433%); and
a 13.3/2.9 million T9-14 (up +432%).
-- The primetime TV movie ranks as the number-three entertainment telecast
with total viewers on cable for the year-to-date (based on NMR: live +
same day delivery).
-- Merry Christmas Drake & Josh is the most-watched live-action
television movie with K2-11 and total viewers in Nickelodeons
-- A Drake and Josh holiday-themed Game of the Week, "Drake and Josh:
Best Christmas Ever", generated 1.1 million game plays since its
Nov. 27 launch and ranked as the number-one game on Nick.com in
its first week (source: Omniture SiteCatalyst V. 13.5).
-- Merry Christmas Drake & Josh content on TurboNick --
Nickelodeons broadband video service -- accounted for almost 70%
of streams for the week of Dec. 1-7, generating more than 4.5 million
streams since launching on Oct. 1.
Merry Christmas Drake & Josh delivers a high-stakes comic adventure for the holiday season and features guest-stars Henry Winkler and MMA fighter Kimbo Slice who help Drake and Josh keep their Christmas promise to a family of foster kids. The brand-new, two-hour original television movie reunites the whole Drake & Josh cast of regulars -- including Drake Bell; Josh Peck; tween queen Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor, stars of Nickelodeons iCarly.
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