Last Friday, a new star-studded special featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, one of Nickelodeon’s most popular weapons of mass entertainment, helped deliver huge numbers for the premiere of the network’s newest series, Fanboy and Chum Chum. The special SpongeBob TV event (Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.) drew 7.7 million total viewers, ranking as basic cable’s number-one entertainment show for the week; and Nick’s new animated show Fanboy and Chum Chum (Friday, Nov. 6, 9 p.m.), set a new record as Nick’s highest-rated series premiere ever with kids 6-11 and 2-11.
SpongeBob ‘Truth or Square’ also ranked as the week’s number-one program on all of TV with kids 6-11, tweens and K2-11. ‘Truth or Square’ averaged a 12.5/4.4 million K2-11. The Friday, Nov. 6, debut of Fanboy and Chum Chum (9 p.m.) ranked as basic cable’s number-two telecast for the night’only behind SpongeBob SquarePants ‘Truth or Square”and drew 5.8 million total viewers and 2.5 million K6-11. The CG-animated series’ second episode (Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m.)’brought in 5.4 million total viewers.
SpongeBob SquarePants ‘Truth or Square’ featured guest appearances by Rosario Dawson, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, LeBron James, P!nk, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Robin Williams. The special followed SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom gang as they reminisce through a series of original, flashbacks and was narrated by Ricky Gervais. Gnarles Barkley also performed a cover of the famous SpongeBob theme song in a new stop-motion opening title sequence.
Created by Eric Robles, Fanboy and Chum Chum is a new CG-animated comedy spin-off from the Nicktoons Network anthology series Random! Cartoons. The hot toon centers on a fearless, comic book-loving 11-year-old named Fanboy and his best friend and trusty sidekick, Chum Chum.