Disney Channel’s new animated series, Phineas and Ferb, debuted as cable’s highest-rated animated series premiere on record with tweens 9-14, according to the network. In other key demos, the show’s premiere ranked as Disney Channel’s second-most-watched animated series debut. The Feb. 1 premiere pulled in more viewers than any other animated series on television on Friday as it kicked off a month-long programming event dubbed ‘Phineas and Ferb-ruary.’
Created and exec produced by Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (The Simpsons), Phineas and Ferb is musically infused 2D show that revolves around Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, who set out with their pet platypus in tow to conquer boredom and make every day of their 104-day summer holiday count. While they’re out having reckless fun, older sister Candace does her best to them busted. The voice cast includes Thomas Sangster (Nanny McPhee) as Ferb, Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris) as Phineas, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Candace, Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) as mother Linda, Richard O’Brien (creator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as dad Lawrence, and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!) as Perry the Platypus.
The series premiere attracted a total of 1.6 million viewers in the 9-14 age range to score a 6.4 rating. The show helped Disney Channel deliver three of Friday’s five most-watched cable programs, with Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and a new episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody rounding out the bill. Viewers can catch Phineas and Ferb regularly every night at 8 p.m. in February and Saturdays at 8 p.m. in March.