Nickelodeon proves that the '90s were All That
Your favorite television shows are back on Teen Nick during the late night hours. Will you tune in?
Did you grow up during the '90s? A lot of us did -- and one of the highlights of this decade was the programming on cable, particularly Nickelodeon. Now, the cable network is re-airing some of our favorite shows from the decade, including Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Show (starring Amanda Bynes) All That and Clarissa Explains It All (starring Melissa Joan Hart).
That's right: They're back!
"At the time, we were completely devoted to that audience ages 9, 10, and 11," Keith Dawkins, senior VP and general manager of Teen Nick, said after the announcement. "It was groundbreaking and, for the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. Those kids who are now 22, 23 and 24 want to bring that back."
You bet we do! The shows started on Tuesday in a midnight to 4 a.m. block -- and ratings are already better than expected.
"I blame Teen Nick for my lack of sleep! I felt like it was the 90's again!" one fan wrote on Twitter.
"I wouldn't mind if they changed teen nick into a 90s rerun channel," another fan tweeted.
The beauty of Teen Nick's '90s programming is that the network had little to risk by placing the shows during those timeslots. The overnight hours don't typically bring in a lot of ratings -- until now. Nielsen reported that 555,000 people tuned in during the debut night -- and 229,000 of those viewers were between 18 and 34 years old.
It'll be interesting to see how they keep up the momentum -- will they continue introducing new shows and specials? We'd really like to watch Hey Dude on television again, just saying.