Change Teennick’s Lineup
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It’s time to fire whoever's in charge of deciding Teennick’s lineup. Nearly two decades ago, The N started with a strong, original lineup despite sharing time with Noggin (Nick Jr.). It was the only channel that really targeted a teenage audience.
However, in the last five or so years, Teennick’s lineup has greatly dwindled. Teennick has no original series. Teennick Top 10 doesn’t even air anymore. Its lineup is almost exactly the same as Nickelodeon. A lot of the shows being aired, like Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, The Thundermans, etc, do not target teenagers at all. Teens did not grow up with those shows.
Zoey 101 and Drake & Josh are rarely even aired anymore. Most teens have grown up with those shows, as well as iCarly and Victorious, and this is what teens want to see. Airing iCarly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat for only three hours out of the entire day viciously eliminates a large amount of potential viewership. I am positive that these three hours are the strongest out of the entire day.
This is also why shows that have been a staple of The N/Teennick should be brought back. Degrassi, South to Nowhere, Radio Free Roscoe, O’Grady, Caitlin’s Way. Degrassi: The Next Generation aired on the network for over a decade. Why did it ever stop? It’s timeless. It’s the reason the network was ever even watched. YOU HAVE TO SHOW RERUNS OF DEGRASSI. Shows like those gave teens something to relate to, something to understand the world around them better.
The only aired show that is not an original Nickelodeon show is Boy Meets World, which airs twice a day. More syndicated programs—What I Like About You, Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Airing movies would also be a great idea, similar to the airings on MTV occasionally. Movies like Mean Girls or Clueless would easily draw viewers. More international programs, like the imported H2O and Dance Academy. Teennick hasn’t premiered anything in years.
It’s also time to change the NickSplat lineup. Unfortunately, it’s back to its original problems. There is not much of a variety. The same shows air every weekday, and the only live-action airings are All That (seasons 2-5) and Kenan & Kel. What about The Amanda Show, Clarissa Explains It All, Are You Afraid of the Dark, The Secret World of Alex Mack?
A lot of people feel the same way, and this is why Teennick should introduce more of a variety of programming and also air older gems from its catalogue of programming. A block similar to the German Nicknight would be a surefire hit with teens. Teennick is excellent at engaging its audience through the use of television promos and social media, however, many people feel that Teennick has lost viewership, and in order to keep viewers and reel in new ones, the network should focus on its target audience—TEENS, as well as young adults—instead of becoming Nick 2.
The best idea would be to let viewers pick the Teennick lineup, possibly through their website by allowing occasional voting, similar to U Pick with Stick from The 90s’ Are All That.
If you’re feeling nostalgia for your favorite television shows growing up, I urge you to sign this petition.
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