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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, November  29, 2006 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing. 

HBO has picked up the Latin American rights to EM.TV’s animated series Dogstar, from distributor Comarex. HBO Family Latin America is slated to launch Dogstar in spring 2007.  Produced by EM.TV’s Avg. World Pictures Pty Ltd, Dogstar is set in space and follows the adventures of three kids as they search for a treasure chest filled with dogs. 

National Amusements will launch CyGameZ, an interactive gaming venue, with an event later today at the Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti, Michigan – and really who doesn’t like to say Ypsilanti!?!  Designed to be a family-friendly venue, CyGameZ features state of the art equipment and games.  Additionally, the arena will host game tournaments with top gamers from around the country.  Sponsors include Intel, Alienware and Pepsi.

The CW will bring back Beauty and the Geek for a third season beginning January 3 with a special two-hour premiere at 8p. Then on January 10, the series will air in its regular time period on Wednesdays at 8p with encores airing on Sundays at 9p. The CW has ordered eight, one-hour episodes from fox21 and produced by Katalyst Films and 3 Ball Productions.

The premiere of MTV’s The Real World: Denver last Wednesday night delivered 5.3 million P12-34 viewers, an increase of 10% more than last season’s Key West debut. The new Real World made MTV the most watched cable network for the night between 8-11p among P12-34.


The Game Factory has inked a worldwide publishing deal with Taffy Entertainment to market a video game based on the animated series Pet Alien for the Nintendo DSTM system.  The game will be released in 2007, simultaneously around the world.  The game is being developed by SHIN’EN and will be rendered in 3D.  The Pet Alien TV series is produced by Mike Young Productions, LLC, in conjunction with Moonscoop, Telegael, and Europool in Germany

Toontown Online, the kid/family massively multiplayer online game from Disney Online, is now available for Intel-based Mac users.  Until now only PC users were able to access Toontown Online and its multi-million PC-based characters that are created throughout the game.  In addition, Disney Online has added a number of new “gags” that can be unlocked as players make their way around.  Both PC and Mac users can down load Toontown for $9.95/per month, with other subscription packages and rates available.

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Stephen Friedman has been promoted to EVP of mtvU. He will continue to work out of the New York office and manage the 24-hour college network as well as the College Publisher network of 500 online college newspapers. Stephen is also charged with growing mtvU’s reach in the college market. He reports to Christina Norman, President, MTV.
GameTap has hired Adam Naide as Director/Relationship Marketing and Cameron Payne as Director/Product Management. Both will be based in Atlanta, reporting to David Reid, VP/Marketing.


Cartoon Network earned the highest Thanksgiving Day total day delivery and ratings in its history last Thursday.  Leading the way was Cartoon Network’s premiere of Good Wilt Hunting (7-8p), an animated movie based on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, which delivered the largest K6-11 (1,176,000), Boys 6-11 (795,000) and Boys 2-11 (929,000) audiences of the day across all the cable networks, with each of those demos improving vs. the same 2005 holiday time period by +100%, +125% and +70% respectively, according to the early Nielsen Media Research data.

Correction : The Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, November 23, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11, printed here yesterday should have read as follows:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1000; K6-11 643; TWEENS 9-14 464
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   831; K6-11 656; TWEENS 9-14 504
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   717; K6-11 493; TWEENS 9-14 379
TOON DISNEY:          K2-11   102; K6-11   58; TWEENS 9-14   32

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows amongst Kids 2-11 for the week of 11/13-11/19/2006 , 6a-6a:
K2-11                                       Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (11/17; 9p)                  2351
DSNY*: Suite Life of Zack & Cody (11/17; 8:30p) 2350
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (11/16; 5p)      2168
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (11/18; 9:30a) 2166
NICK:    Ned’s Declassified (11/15; 6p)               2165
NICK:    Drake & Josh (11/13; 5:30p)                 2132
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (11/19; 9:30a) 2115
NICK:    Fairly OddParents (11/18; 10a)              2107
NICK:    Drake & Josh (11/15; 5:30p)                 2104
NICK:    Ned’s Declassified (11/14; 6p)               2048
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows amongst Kids 6-11 for the week of 11/13-11/19/2006 , 6a-6a:
K6-11                                        Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (11/3; 8p)                    2103
DSNY*: High School Musical (11/3; 8:30-10:25p) 1961
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (11/3; 7:30p)               1818
NICK:    Ned’s Declassified (11/5; 7:30p)             1709
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (11/3; 7p)                    1684
DSNY*: The Santa Clause-movie (11/1; 8-9:50p) 1646
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (11/4; 9:30a)    1568
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (11/4; 9a)         1540
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (11/5; 9:30a)    1514
DSNY*: Hanna Montana (S) (11/3; 6:30p)            1505
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Tweens 9-14 for the week of 11/13-11/19/2006 , 6a-6a:
Tweens 9-14                             Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (11/17; 9p)                  1644
DSNY*: Suite Life of Zack & Cody (11/17; 8:30p) 1639
DSNY*: Suite Life of Zack & Cody (11/16; 6:30p) 1361
NICK:    Ned’s Declassified (11/14; 6p)                1345
DSNY*: That’s So Raven (11/17; 8p)                   1324
NICK:    Ned’s Declassified (11/15; 6p)                1323
DSNY*: That’s So Raven (11/16; 7:30p)              1250
DSNY*: That’s So Raven (11/19; 7:30p)              1239
DSNY*: Suite Life of Zack & Cody (11/14; 6:30p) 1238
DSNY*: Suite Life of Zack & Cody (11/19; 6:30p) 1234
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Teens 12-17 for the week of 11/13-11/19/2006 , 6a-6a:
Teens 12-17                             Total Delivery (000)
FOX: Family Guy (11/19; 9-9:31p)                      1378
FOX: Simpsons (11/19; 8-8:31p)                        1261
FOX: American Dad (11/19; 8:31-9p)                  1171
ABC: Desperate Housewives (11/19; 9-10:01p)    1164
ABC: Michigan at Ohio State (11/18; 3:25-7:21p) 1156
NBC: Heroes (11/13; 9-9:31p)                              990
FOX: The War At Home (11/19; 9:31-10p)             968
FOX: House (11/14; 9-10p)                                  920
CBS: CSI (11/16; 9-10:01p)                                 900
ABC: Dancing With The Stars (11/14; 8-9:31p)      872
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**New abbreviation for Adult Swim, which airs on Cartoon Network

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, November 18, 2006 Broadcast Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
CW (Kids’ WB!) 1.6/7 Avg. (7a-12p)
Pillowhead 0.8/7; Pillowhead 1.5/8; Loonatics Unleashed 1.3/6; Tom and Jerry Tales 1.9/8; Shaggy Scooby-Doo Clue 2.0/8; Johnny Test 2.0/8; Legion of Super Heroes 1.6/7; The Batman 1.8/8; Xiaolin Showdown 1.5/7; Monster Allergy 1.2/5;
ABC 1.4/6 Avg. (9a-1p)
The Emperor’s New School 1.2/5; The Replacements 1.6/7; That’s So Raven 1.7/7; That’s So Raven 2.1/8; Hannah Montana 2.1/8; Suite Life of Zack & Cody 1.9/9; Power Rangers Mystic Force 0.5/2; Power Rangers Mystic Force 0.6/3
FOX (4Kids TV) 0.9/4 Avg. (8a-12n)
Winx Club 0.7/4; Bratz 1.2/6; Kirby 0.8/3; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward 0.9/4; Yu-Gi-Oh Cap Monster 1.4/6; Viva Piñata 1.1/4; Yu-Gi-Oh! 0.8/4; GI Joe Sigma 6 0.5/2
NBC (Qubo on NBC) Avg. 0.6/3 (7:30a-12p)
Veggie Tales 0.5/2; Dragon 0.4/2; 321 Penguins/Larryboy Adventures 1.0/4; Babar 0.8/4; Jane and the Dragon 0.5/2; Jacob Two Two 0.4/2
CBS (KOL’s Secret Slumber Party on CBS) 0.5/2 Avg. (7a-7:330a/10:30a-12n)
Madeline 0.3/2; Sabrina: The Animated Series 0.5/2; Cake 0.5/2; Trollz 0.6/3; Dance Revolution 0.4/2; Horseland 0.8/4

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, November 18, 2006 Cable Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
NICKELODEON 4.4/22 Avg. (7a-1p)
All Grown Up 2.1/20; Fairly OddParents 3.4/23; Jimmy Neutron 4.5/24; Jimmy Neutron 5.3/24; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.2/22; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.5/23; Fairly OddParents 6.2/26; Mr. Meaty 4.6/19; Avatar 4.2/18; Avatar 4.5/21; Danny Phantom 4.0/20; Danny Phantom 3.5/17
CARTOON NETWORK 2.5/12 Avg. (7a-1p)
Cartoon Cartoon Top 5 (60 min) 2.8/17; Team Galaxy 2.3/11; Pokemon: Battle Frontier 3.0/13; Pokemon: Battle Frontier 2.8/12; Ben 10 2.0/8; Robotboy 2.1/9; Class of 3000 2.8/12; Teen Titans 2.2/11; Squirrel Boy 2.4/12; Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy 2.0/10
DISNEY CHANNEL 2.0/10 Avg. (7a-1p)
The Wiggles 1.3/13; Higglytown Heroes 1.8/12; Little Einsteins 1.8/10; Little Einsteins 1.9/9; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2.2/9; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2.1/9; Handy Manny 2.7/11; Handy Manny 2.7/11; Doodlebops 1.9/8; Charlie and Lola 1.4/7; Lilo & Stitch: The Series 1.9/9; The Emperors New School 2.6/13
TOON DISNEY (Jetix) 0.4/2 Avg. (8a-12p)
Legend of the Dragon 0.2/2; NASCAR Racers 0.3/2; Pucca 0.3/2; Oban Star Racers 0.2/1; Jackie Chan Adventures 0.4/2; Power Rangers Mystic Force 0.4/2; Yin Yang Yo 0.6/3; W.I.T.C.H. 0.6/2; Super Robot Monkey Team 0.4/2; Dragon Booster 0.4/2; The Legend of Tarzan 0.3/1; Hercules 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, November 24, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1272; K6-11 868; TWEENS 9-14 749
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1255; K6-11 853; TWEENS 9-14 550
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   798; K6-11 578; TWEENS 9-14 390
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   176; K6-11   99; TWEENS 9-14   62
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Saturday, November 25, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1339; K6-11 873; TWEENS 9-14 590
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1250; K6-11 852; TWEENS 9-14 670
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   613; K6-11 439; TWEENS 9-14 370
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   174; K6-11   80; TWEENS 9-14   37
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What actor played the homeless boy that Dr. Seaver and his family took in to live with them? (This is what they call a “gimme”!!)  LEONARDO DICAPRIO      Kudos to: Christine Ferrara-WSBK-TV/Boston; ED Goode-Connelly Partners/Boston; Katharine E. Heintz, Ph.D-Children’s Media Research and Consulting/Falmouth ME; Chris O’Reilly-ITN Networks/NY; Bethany Scheuerman-GRP Media/Chicago; Jennifer Burdick-Campbell Mithun/Minneapolis; Julie Syers-Briggs & Caldwell/Houston; Mike Patterson-Cartoon Network/Chicago; Kelly Syers-Program Partners, INC/Venice, CA; Susan Arcidiacono-Frankie & Her Little Pals/Burbank; Steve Leblang-FX Network; Lynn Valiquette-Ellis Releasing/Toronto; Mary Warner-Sullivan Entertainment Inc/Toronto; Cherie Oldenburg-Alliance Atlantis Communications/Toronto; Patrick Wong-Sandylion Sticker Designs/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  Many years ago, this “range-riding old timer” entertained kids by showing old Western movie segments and spinning yarn.  Who was he? ( click here) with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)

Later — Gwen
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