|Launched||April 1, 2002|
(original launch; as The N, sharing channel space with Noggin)
December 31, 2007
(as The N, as its own channel)
September 28, 2009
(relaunch; as TeenNick)
|Owned by||MTV Networks (Viacom)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||The All New TEENick|
|Formerly called||The N (2002-2009)|
|Replaced||Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids|
|Sister channel(s)||Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons|
Channel 1303 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 181|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 255|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 322|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings|
Sister channel Noggin was relaunched as Nick Jr. at the same time as The N's relaunch as Teen Nick; like with Nick Jr., Teen Nick's name was taken from a former program block on Nickelodeon, which aired from 2000 to 2009. As the channel's name suggests, Teen Nick is primarily aimed at 12-16 year olds, and features a mix of originally-produced and syndicated programming.
As The N (2002-2009)
When the channel originally debuted on April 1, 2002, The N ran from 6:00 p.m.–6:00 a.m. (Eastern)/5:00 p.m.–5:00 a.m. (Central Time), sharing time and channel space with Noggin, which had started as a service of Viacom and the Children's Television Workshop as a mix of a channel meant to show CTW and Nick Jr.'s archived programming.
By 2002 however as Viacom showcased its own programming and made clear that they wanted Noggin (now Nick Jr.) to compete with longtime CTW partner PBS Kids, CTW, by then known as Sesame Workshop, decided to reduce their interest in the network due to several factors, including the network's prime time ratings with "retro programming" to appeal to both baby boomers and young children not being as high as Viacom or Sesame Workshop expected them to be. With this move, MTV Networks was free to launch the concept of The N. In October 2006, Viacom bought the quiz website Quizilla. It then became a part of The N "network."
In August 2007, MTV Networks announced the discontinuation of The N's sister network Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids, which had removed all their original programming and become an automated loop of only a few of Nickelodeon's lower-profile archived game shows. MTV Networks decided to retain the satellite space and split Noggin and The N into two separate channels on December 31, 2007, with The N taking the place of Nick GAS.
Relaunch as Teen Nick (2009-present)
The channel relaunched as TeenNick on September 28, 2009 at 6:00 a.m. (Eastern)/5:00am (Central). The channel's logo, which is part of a universal branding effort across all four Nickelodeon channels, was revealed at a launch party for the channel on June 18, 2009. Nickelodeon personality Nick Cannon (declared in publicity materials as the "Chairman of TeenNick") has a presence on the channel, along with new programming exclusive to the channel.
Nearly all of the programming airing on The N was carried over to the new channel, including the channel's flagship show Degrassi: The Next Generation, however most of The N's original series were not carried over to the relaunched TeenNick channel.
Like The N, TeenNick does not use generic closing credits for any of its shows, instead airing the closing credits created by the show's production company. The channel does however shrink the show's production company credits to the top left 1/4 of the screen in order to promote the channel's upcoming programming; however, music videos no longer air along with the closing credits and music videos air less often on Teen Nick than they did during The N era (Nick Jr. also does not show generic credits either, but does not promote its programming during the closing credits).
Despite the name change and logo rebranding, some electronic program guide providers confusingly identify it by the channel's pre-rebrand name and display the 2008-2009 logo as The N as that of TeenNick. Nick Jr. has a similar problem as the former Noggin logo and name is still used by some EPG providers to identify that channel.
Most of the programming which had been on The N remained on TeenNick with some slight changes for both scheduling purposes and possible new future programming, including the acquisition of cable rights for early 2000s sitcom One on One and a shift of former Nick at Nite program Full House, which began to air on the channel in August 2009. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a longtime mainstay of The N moved to Disney XD in September 2009 upon the expiration of Viacom's carriage of the series.
- ↑ adotas.comMTV Buys Teen Property From Gorilla Nation October 16th 2006 Author by Sarah Novotny
- ↑ prdomain Business Register (17 Dec 2007). "The N becomes 24-hour Teen TV Network". Press release. http://www.prdomain.com/companies/V/Viacom/newsreleases/2007121850375.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- ↑ Nickelodeon Unveils New Logo, Variety.com, July 29, 2009