TeenNick ( sometimes referred to as The N) is an American digital cable and satellite television network owned by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, which is a division of the Viacom Media Networks unit of Viacom. It consist of original, Nickelodeon-produced, and acquired programming geared toward pre-teens and teenagers.
History[change | change source]
Originally launched on April 1, 2002, The N ran from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, sharing time with sister network Noggin, which had started as a service of Viacom and the Sesame Workshop as a mix of a channel meant to show CTW and Nick Jr.'s archived programming. At this time, The N's programming included Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Amanda Show.
However, in 2002 (the same year Viacom started to showcase its own programming on Noggin), it was clear that they wanted Noggin to compete with long time CTW partner PBS Kids, so as a result, CTW reduced its interest in Noggin due to several factors; one of which was the network's primetime ratings with "retro programming" to appeal to both baby boomers and young children not being as high as both companies expected them to be. With this move, MTV Networks was free to launch the concept of The N.
In October of 2006, Viacom bought the quiz website Quizilla, and later merged it with The N's internet properties, with it becoming a part of the channel.
Split with Noggin[change | change source]
In August 2007, MTV Networks announced the discontinuation of sister network Nick GAS, with The N becoming a 24 hour network. On December 31, 2007 at 6 a.m. ET, The N and Noggin officially became separate television networks.
Technical Difficulties with Relaunch[change | change source]
When The N became a separate television network, most cable/satellite services had problems splitting both networks. DirecTV didn't make the exchange until 7:25 a.m. ET for unknown reasons. Most digital cable viewers didn't have any problems with the transfer from Nick GAS to The N, beyond some electronic program guide listings still showing Nick GAS's programming schedule or all programs under the titles Sign Off and Off Air. For some unknown reason, Dish Network continued to air Nick GAS and also keep Noggin and The N timesharing. This was stopped on April 23, 2009, when Nick GAS was replaced by the Pacific Time Zone feed of Cartoon Network at 3 a.m. ET.