Sunday, December 29, 2019

Premiere of 'The Spongebob Musical: Live On Stage!' Delivers Great Ratings for Nickelodeon

The Spongebob Musical: Live On Stage!, featuring the Broadway stars and director of Nickelodeon's Tony-winning musical, has drawn strong ratings for Nickelodeon!

(l-r) Danny Skinner (Patrick Star), Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants), Christina Sajous (Sandy Cheeks) in “The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!”. Photo credit © Alex Bailey/Nickelodeon

In Live+3, a December 7 simulcast across Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick drew 1.7 million viewers, up 24% from the Live+SD simulcast. It averaged a 3.4/751,000 in the K2-11 demo, +25% from L+SD, and a 3.8/522,000 with K6-11, up 28% - making it the number-one telecast for the week across all TV among K6-11.

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Directed by Broadway’s Tina Landau (herself Tony-nominated for the show), The Spongebob Musical: Live On Stage! featured Ethan Slater in the title role, with Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles.

The cast also included Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks. The ensemble included Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington. Joining the cast is veteran SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Tom Kenny as “Patchy the Pirate,” who performs the original Sara Bareilles song “Poor Pirates.”

The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!, reimagined Bikini Bottom on stage for this television event, bringing the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality.

The made-for-Broadway plot has SpongeBob and the rest of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! is a musical production conceived and directed for the stage by Tina Landau, book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations, arrangements & music supervision by Tom Kitt, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, produced for television by Austin Shaw with television direction by Glenn Weiss.

Nickelodeon vice presidents Paul J Medford and Susan Vargo served as executive producers.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! Sing-A-Long premieres Sat., January 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Following a critically lauded run on Broadway, members of the original award-winning Broadway company of The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! reunited to film the show for television in front of a live theater audience. The live television production captures all-new depths of theatrical innovation where the power of optimism really can save the world.

This one-of-a-kind television musical event features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebertof Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) Domani Harris and Darwin Quinn and a song by David Bowie and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt.

The SpongeBob Musical is now on tour across North America.

The Original Cast Recording is available now from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold and streamed.

From Playbill:

How Did The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! Fare in the Ratings?

Ratings are in for the Nickelodeon broadcast, which aired on three channels December 7.

On December 7 members of the original Broadway company of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical were seen in a broadcast of the musical filmed in front of a live theatre audience. The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! simulcast was broadcast on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons and drew 1.7 million total viewers (factoring views from three days following the live event), according to the network.

In further ratings news, the show was the number one telecast for the week across the K6-11 demographic, averaging 3.4/751,000 across K2-11 and 3.8/522,000 across K6-11.


From Media Play News:

‘Mandalorian’ Tops Parrot Analytics’ SVOD Originals Chart for 4th Week

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained at No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Dec. 14, its fourth straight week on top.

A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

For the week, “The Mandalorian” registered 109 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 8.4% in expressions compared with the previous week.

On Parrot’s list of overall TV shows, including broadcast and cable, “Mandalorian” was No. 2, unseated after three weeks by Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” as the popular cartoon character appeared in The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage, which was simulcast across four Nick-owned channels Dec. 7. It marked the first time in 25 weeks an SVOD series wasn’t on top of the overall TV demand chart, since “Game of Thrones” at the end of June.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” climbed back to No. 2 on the digital originals chart, registering 66.3 million expressions, down 10.1% from the previous week.

Swapping spots with “Stranger Things” was DC Universe’s “Titans,” which slid to No. 3 on the digital exclusives chart, with expressions down 15.9% to 62.8 million. While finale of the second season was released Nov. 29, a glimpse of the show was seen in the CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event Dec. 8.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” jumped two spots to No. 4, with expressions up 49% to 41.3 million. The third season of the Award-winning series was released Dec. 6.

Netflix’s “Lucifer,” stayed at No. 5, its expressions up 19.7% to 34.9 million. Similarly to “Titans,” “Lucifer” star Tom Ellis made a cameo on the CW “Crisis” crossover Dec. 10.

Amazon Prime Video’s fourth season of “The Expanse,” which was released Dec. 12, joined the digital originals top 10 at No. 7, from No. 14 the previous week. Expressions were up 34.4% to 32.9 million.

The Apple TV+ crime drama “Truth Be Told” climbed to No. 10 from No. 70 the previous week, with expressions up 151.5% to 27.8 million.

The Demand Expressions metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Parrot Analytics also just unveiled its new public-facing website with demand data about select TV shows for the U.S. and other markets. The “Truth Be Told” profile can be found here.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.


From Kidscreen:

SpongeBob tops the in-demand show rank

Kids clamored to Nickelodeon's underwater character online, replacing Peppa Pig as the most in-demand series this past month, according to Parrot Analytics.

After getting bested by Peppa Pig last month, SpongeBob SquarePants has swum to the top and is globally the most in-demand kids show between November 16 to December 15, according to Parrot Analytics. The spike in popularity is most likely because of the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical (pictured), which aired on Nickelodeon on December 7, according to a Parrot spokesperson.

By measuring social media interactions, social video views, online research for the shows and piracy numbers, Parrot uses a proprietary algorithm to figure out what the demand is for the average show. It then weighs individual series against this average to determine a rank.

This past month SpongeBob had 13.3-times more demand than the average kids show, up from 9.3 times last month. eOne’s Peppa Pig and PJ Masks came second and third with 12.1 times and 9.4 times the average demand, respectively. The top 10 is rounded out by Steven Universe (nine times), Naruto: Shippuden (8.8 times), Masha and the Bear (8.5 times), PAW Patrol (eight times), Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (7.9 times), Talking Tom and Friends (7.1 times) and Pokémon (seven times).

Talking Tom and Friends is new to the list this month, knocking Teen Titans Go! down a few spots to 12th place with 6.4 times the demand against the average kids show globally. Steven Universe jumped to 4th (from 6th) and Naruto to 5th (from 8th). All of the top-eight fit into the “outstanding category” which only 2.7% of shows were able to achieve this month.

The full infographic is available below (click to enlarge):


From The Hollywood Reporter:

Social Climbers Charts: Mark Hamill Returns to Top Actors’ Top 3 Amid ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Premiere

The charts rank the most popular personalities and TV shows based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Amid the return of the Star Wars franchise to the silver screen, Mark Hamill leaps to No. 3 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart dated Jan. 3.

THR’s Social Climbers charts are rankings of the most popular entities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart's methodology blends engagement to entities’ social media accounts along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended Dec. 24.

“One last time…” wrote Hamill in social media posts showing him with Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher, re-creating a photo they had taken together during the series’ original theatrical run. The latter half of the photo was taken prior to Fisher’s Dec. 27, 2016, passing.

Hamill’s Dec. 20 tweet was the biggest by an actor in the Dec. 18-24 tracking week, coming concurrent with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, reportedly the last in the nine-movie Skywalker saga, which premiered in theaters that day.

Hamill sits behind Dwayne Johnson, who rules Top Actors for a 65th week (and sixth in a row), a week removed from the theatrical release of Jumanji: The Next Level, in which he stars alongside Top Actors’ No. 2 for the week, Kevin Hart.

On Top Scripted, SpongeBob SquarePants rules for the first time in its 25th week on the list, thanks in part to a 5% jump in overall social media conversation. The long-running Nickelodeon cartoon’s Instagram account continued to post stills, videos and memes from the show, led in the latest tracking week by a Dec. 23 upload showing the titular character “getting ready for the holidays” by clipping his toenails.

Meanwhile, Top Unscripted features The Voice at No. 1. NBC’s singing competition spends a second straight week atop the list (and fifth overall) thanks to a 32% boost in overall social engagement concurrent with the conclusion of its 17th season. Jake Hoot, coached by Kelly Clarkson, was named the latest winner.

See the six Social Climbers charts below, and for the full 25-position Top Actors tally, pick up the THR issue dated Jan. 3.

Top Actors
1. Dwayne Johnson (=)
2. Kevin Hart (=)
3. Mark Hamill (+8)
4. Millie Bobby Brown (-1)
5. Dove Cameron (+2)
6. George Takei (+2)
7. Lili Reinhart (re-entry)
8. Chris Hemsworth (re-entry)
9. Ricky Gervais (re-entry)
10. Jennifer Lopez (-4)

Top Comedians
1. Kevin Hart (=)
2. Lil' Duval (=)
3. Ricky Gervais (re-entry)
4. Colleen Ballinger (=)
5. Joe Rogan (+2)
6. Rickey Smiley (-1)
7. Chris D'Elia (re-entry)
8. Desi Banks (-5)
9. Jeff Dunham (re-entry)
10. HaHa Davis (-2)

Top TV Personalities
1. Ellen DeGeneres (=)
2. Steve Harvey (+2)
3. Mike Huckabee (-1)
4. Gordon Ramsay (+5)
5. Jake Tapper (-2)
6. Trevor Noah (re-entry)
7. Antoni Porowski (-2)
8. Tamera Mowry (re-entry)
9. Chris Hayes (+1)
10. Sandra Lee (re-entry)

Top Scripted
1. SpongeBob SquarePants (+3)
2. Rick and Morty (=)
3. The Flash (=)
4. Riverdale (-3)
5. Peppa Pig (+4)
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (re-entry)
7. Mr. Robot (debut)
8. El Senor de Los Cielos (re-entry)
9. The Walking Dead (re-entry)
10. Grown-ish (debut)

Top News/Talk/Variety
1. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (+1)
2. The Late Late Show with James Corden (-1)
3. Saturday Night Live (+2)
4. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (-1)
5. Today (-1)
6. Entertainment Tonight (+1)
7. Good Morning America (re-entry)
8. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (-2)
9. Jimmy Kimmel Live! (=)
10. The Rachel Maddow Show (-2)

Top Unscripted
1. The Voice (=)
2. Wild 'N Out (=)
3. The Masked Singer (+1)
4. The Grand Tour (-1)
5. America's Funniest Home Videos (=)
6. Love and Hip-Hop (=)
7. Impractical Jokers (re-entry)
8. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (=)
9. The Bachelor (re-entry)
10. Survivor (re-entry)


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Originally published: Friday, December 13, 2019 at 21:26 GMT.

Sources: Deadline, Broadway World.
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