The movie theater version of Star Wars: The Clone Wars may not have made much of a cinematic splash, but last weekend’s debut of the series on Cartoon Network was a whole ‘nother story.
(And not just because my daughter came flying downstairs to ask me to record it for her, after she’d gone to bed, either. I didn’t even know she was a Star Wars fan.)
No, it turns out that if you show it, they will come… in fact, they will come and make it the most-watched premiere in Cartoon Network history:
The new Lucasfilm Animation series scored as the most-watched series premiere in network history, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The one-hour new series premiere also reigned as the #1 program from 9-10 p.m. among all major kids networks in kids 6-11, kids 2-11, tweens 9-14, teens 12-7 and persons 2+, earning triple-digit increases compared to the same time period last year. The weekly, CG-animated series also attracted the largest tweens 9-14 audience for any premiere telecast of an original series in Cartoon Network’s 16-year history.
Not bad. Congratulations, Cartoon Network!