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Canada tops in US kids ratings with “Max and Ruby”

The premiere of "Dino Dan" got 777,000 viewers on Nickelodeon.
The premiere of "Dino Dan" got 777,000 viewers on Nickelodeon.
Courtesy of Sinking Ship Productions.

Canadian animated television series Max and Ruby is the number one preschool series on commercial television in 2010, says Nickelodeon. It beat Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan, which take spots 2 through 5.

The stats of course don't include PBS.

The irony in it all? Wikipedia claims that the show was cancelled, airing its last new episode in May, having aired episodes since 2002. The series is produced by Toronto animation studio Nelvana, albeit based on books by a New Jersey author who also created Timothy Goes to School.

The premiere of Dino Dan on October 17, starring Jason Spevack, scored 777,000 viewers, the channel's highest rated original series premiere, ever. Dino Dan is produced by Toronto's Sinking Ship Productions. The series airs on TVO Kids in Ontario.

This year was the most-watched overall for Nick Jr., with both 2 to 5-year-olds and overall viewers.

TeenNick had its most-watched year ever with both teens and overall viewers. The channel credits the ratings to Degrassi, another Canadian show, with its five-days-a-week, six-week “telenovela-style television event”, jumping 650% with teens, and 605% overall.

To indulge in numerous random TV rating stats, take a gander at their 2010 ratings press release.

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